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«October 2015»

Data Warehouse from the Ground Up at SQL Saturday Orlando, FL on Oct. 10th

SQL Saturday #442SQL Saturday #442 is upon us and yours truly will be presenting in Orlando, Florida on October 10th alongside Mitchell Pearson (b|t). The session is scheduled at 10:35 AM and will last until 11:35 AM. I’m very excited to be presenting at SQL Saturday Orlando this year as it’ll be my first presenting this session in person and my first time speaking at SQL Saturday Orlando! If you haven’t registered yet for this event, you need to do that. This event will be top notch!

My session is called Designing a Data Warehouse from the Ground Up. What if you could approach any business process in your organization and quickly design an effective and optimal dimensional model using a standardized step-by-step method? In this session I’ll discuss the steps required to design a unified dimensional model that is optimized for reporting and follows widely accepted best practices. We’ll also discuss how the design of our dimensional model affects a SQL Server Analysis Services solution and how the choices we make during the data warehouse design phase can make or break our SSAS cubes. You may remember that I did this session a while back for Pragmatic Works via webinar. I’ll be doing the same session at SQL Saturday Orlando but on-prem! ;)

So get signed up for this event now! It’s only 11 days away!

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Create Date Dimension with Fiscal and Time

Here are three scripts that create and Date and Time Dimension and can add the fiscal columns too. First run the Dim Date script first to create the DimDate table. Make sure you change the start date and end date on the script to your preference. Then run the add Fiscal Dates scripts to add the fiscal columns. Make sure you alter the Fiscal script to set the date offset amount. The comments in the script will help you with this.

This zip file contains three SQL scripts.

Create Dim Date

Create Dim Time

Add Fiscal Dates

These will create a Date Dimension table and allow you to run the add fiscal script to add the fiscal columns if you desire. The Create Dim Time will create a time dimension with every second of the day for those that need actual time analysis of your data.

Make sure you set the start date and end date in the create dim date script. Set the dateoffset in the fiscal script.

Download the script here:


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SQL Server Reporting Services R2 - Publishing Report Parts

SQL Server Reporting Services R2 – Publishing Report Parts

SQL Server Reporting Services R2 (SSRS) allows report developers to not only publish reports and data sources to the report server, but now they have the ability to publish report parts.  You can publish parts of a report, such as charts, tables, logos, etc…  In addition to the report part, any data set and/or parameter that the part depends on accompanies it as metadata.   End-users will have the ability, using Report Builder 3.0, to create reports based on the published Report Parts.  So, how do you publish the report parts?

First, create  a report that contains a few charts, tables and maybe an image.  Similar to the following:


Each item on the report, the five charts and the logo, can be published to the report server as a report part.  Ensure that you give each part that you plan on publishing a descriptive and meaningful name.  Once that is done, select Report from the menu bar and select Publish Report Parts.  The following screen will appear:


Then select the checkbox next to each item that you want to publish as a report part and click OK.  The next time you deploy your report project each selected item will be published to the report server.  Finally, prior to deploying the report parts, you can specify the location where these items will be deployed.  Right-click on the project in the solution explorer and select Properties:


Under the deployment section in the row labeled TargetReportPartFolder, you can specify the location where you want to deploy the report parts.  Your end-users can now connect to the report server and use these report parts in their reports.  I will explain how they do this in my next blog post.

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc, MCTS

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