SQL Server Business Intelligence

Working with Spatial Data Part I – Geocoding Text-Based Spatial Data for Use In SSIS Packages

Address information is one of the most common attributes of data stored in a  business data repository. Examples of such data can be addresses of employees, store locations of retail chains, sales of a product etc. You may  wonder about the last example and how sales of a product can be linked with an address. […]

Storage Modes in SSAS (MOLAP, ROLAP and HOLAP)

Introduction There are three standard storage modes (MOLAP, ROLAP and HOLAP) in OLAP applications which affect the performance of OLAP queries and cube processing, storage requirements and also determine storage locations. SSAS (2005 and 2008) supports not only these three standard storage modes but supports proactive caching, a new feature with SSAS 2005 which enables […]

A Journey from OLTP to OLAP

Introduction In this first Part  of the series I will discuss the OLTP and OLAP and the transition from OLTP to OLAP in pursuit performance improvements as well as the benefits of the each technology. Note**: This article is intended for the users who are new to the concepts of the data warehousing. What is […]

Managing the Report Content Using Report Manager: Part I

What is Report Manager? Report Manager ships with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and is a web application for managing deployed reports. The features of the report manager can be divided into following  types:- General Features: Creation of folders, folder hierarchies and data sources. Printing, searching, hiding, renaming, deleting ,downloading and moving the reports and data […]

Getting Started with Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM) in SQL Server 2012

The Business Intelligence Semantic Model is one of the most significant enhancements in SQL Server 2012. BISM allows aspects of the traditional multidimensional model to coexist with the relational model in a format called the tabular model and can be used with all client tools in the Microsoft BI stack. The tabular model has its […]

Adding Custom Code to the Reporting Services 2008 R2

There are numerous circumstances when we wish to add a custom function to a SSRS report in order to cater for needs of the customer which exceeds the capability of the built-in functions in SSRS. In these scenarios we will have to write our own functions. In this article I will demonstrate how to add […]

Reporting Services 2008 R2: Geospatial Visualization – Part II

This is the continuation of my previous article: Reporting Services 2008 R2: Geospatial Visualization – Part I. Part I discussed the  main characteristics related to the Map Report Item, Data sources for spatial data, how to create a map report using shapefiles, and finally add analytical data to it.  Our goal in the part is […]

Optimizing Performance of SQL Server Reports

 There is not much the report writer can do to speed things up, compared to the DBAs and the people buying the hardware.  Nevertheless, I wanted to share some ideas that may or may not work in your situation. Use indexes in your database When writing stored procedures, I prefer to keep my query as […]

Know your Data with Data Profiling

Introduction According to the “Data Quality and the Bottom Line: Achieving Business Success through a Commitment to High Quality Data.” The Data Warehousing Institute. Report Series 2002, data quality problems cost U.S. businesses more than $600 billion per year. Why such a cost? If your data is not up to quality, your KPIs and data […]

Bridge The Gap between Bing and Google Maps using SSIS

Overview: Business Intelligence (BI) is a much known term in comparison to the term Spatial Intelligence (SI). Spatial Intelligence is not limited to just space agencies, in fact it’s used day to day by many of us. A simple example can be analyzing usage of your blog from different parts of the world. By analyzing the […]
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