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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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Connecting to DB2 using SSIS

To start, first download and install the Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2. Click here to download. After it is installed I suggest rebooting your machine. In some cases a reboot is not required; however I have encountered problems without rebooting.

Next open an SSIS project and create a new data source. On the Connection Manager screen select Microsoft OLE DB Provider for DB2 from the drop down list labeled Provider. In the text box labeled Server or file name enter the IP address of your server. Then select the radio button labeled Use a specific user name and password. Enter you user name and password and select the checkbox labeled allow saving password if you want to persist those values. Then enter you database name in the drop down list labeled Initial Catalog.


Now you must click the button labeled Data Links. The Data Source, User Name and Initial Catalog textboxes should be populated. You will only need to enter values for the textboxes labeled Package Collection and Default Schema. Enter your database schema in both textboxes.


Then click on the Advanced tab and check the box labeled Process binary as character.  To understand why you need to do this please read, How to Retrieve IBM AS 400 /JD Edwards “for bit data” via SSIS, by Alberto Munera.


Now click on the ellipses next to the Network drop down list and enter your IP address in the textbox labeled IP Address.


Click Ok twice and you will be returned to the Connection Manager Screen. Click the button labeled Test Connection to verify that your settings are correct. Now that you have a successful connection to your DB2 database click OK and the data source is ready to use. I have to give credit to my colleagues at TBC for assisting me in putting this document together, thanks Roberto and Chad.

Talk to you soon,

Patrick LeBlanc, MCTS

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