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  • Blog Post: Big Data - A Microsoft Tools Approach

    (As with all of these types of posts, check the date of the latest update I’ve made here. Anything older than 6 months is probably out of date, given the speed with which we release new features into Windows and SQL Azure) I don’t normally like to discuss things in terms of tools. I find...
  • Blog Post: The Data Scientist

    A new term - well, perhaps not that new - has come up and I’m actually very excited about it. The term is Data Scientist, and since it’s new, it’s fairly undefined. I’ll explain what I think it means, and why I’m excited about it. In general, I’ve found the term deals at its most basic with analyzing...
  • Blog Post: What's a Microsoft "Fast Track" for Data Warehousing?

    Microsoft is a platform company, meaning that we don't often sell pre-packaged solutions, but rather tools for you to make them. In other words, we sell Microsoft Word, we don't type the letters for you. But in some cases you might like to have a little more guidance than just "Here's a database...
  • Blog Post: The "Clicks" Paradigm

    I've been doing a couple of BI discussions lately, and I used a term that I thought was more widely spread - the "clicks" paradigm. It has to do with the way data is pushed out to users - whether that is based on OLAP or OLTP data. A "three click" setup is a tool that users are trained...
  • Blog Post: BI - Where is the most time spent?

    I was speaking with my class last evening about Business Intelligence projects. I divide BI projects into a few broad steps, regardless of the vendor for the solution at the end: 1. Understanding the business and its data 2. Designing the “Star” or other BI schema 3. Extract, Transform and...
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