15 November 2018
15 November 2018

Are Tech Conferences Worth It?

In September, thousands of IT professionals, developers, and trainers descended on Orlando, FL, for Microsoft’s Ignite conference. This was Microsoft’s chance to make big announcements about artificial intelligence, Azure, SQL Server 2019, DevOps, and much more. The keynotes were live-streamed, and all the sessions are available for streaming on demand. From a distance, there was … Read more
02 November 2018
02 November 2018

Creating Calculated Columns Using DAX

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In this article, Andy Brown shares his knowledge of how to create calculated columns in tables, using Power BI as the host software (all of the formulae shown would work equally well in PowerPivot or SSAS Tabular). This article is designed to be the first in a series of articles which will show you how to master programming in DAX. … Read more
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01 November 2018
01 November 2018

Data Security: Nowhere to Hide

In my view, data security is an abstract concept, just as abstract as money, religion and fascination – all devised by humans. And anything that is human-made can be human-destroyed. When it comes to IT and data security, history has proven that pretty much anything can be cracked, taken, reshuffled, altered, refurbished, reheated and re-served. … Read more
09 October 2018
09 October 2018

Azure EA Financial Reporting and Granular Access to Data Through the Enterprise

With the billing data from your Azure Enterprise Agreement collected into one database, it is still necessary to break down the costs and provide access to the correct departments and individuals. This is important for chargeback and further analysis. In this article, Feodor Georgiev demonstrates how to provide granular access to the billing data.… Read more
04 October 2018
04 October 2018

Entrepreneurship Vs. Employment: Which Is the Best?

Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone; by the same token, being an employee is not either. There are serious pros and cons to each side that affect one’s stress level, work/life balance, and personal fulfillment. People don’t so much choose to be an entrepreneur as they are called to be one. Entrepreneurs generally know from … Read more
01 October 2018
01 October 2018

Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017

As new versions of SQL Server have been released, the Query Optimizer has undergone many improvements. Adaptive Query Processing, new in 2017, represents a new direction. This set of features provides some flexibility for varying join types, multi-statement table valued functions, and memory grants. In this article, Robert Sheldon explains the three features that make up Adaptive Query Processing … Read more
27 September 2018
27 September 2018

Extended Events Workbench

The Extended Events (or XEvents) feature has been part of SQL Server since 2008, but many database professionals struggle to get started using it. In this article, Phil Factor demonstrates several useful Extended Event sessions that measure just one thing in each. He then provides the code necessary to parse the resulting XML into something you can use.… Read more