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Table Partitioning in SQL Server – Partition Switching

Posted Apr 29, 2015 by Cathrine Wilhelmsen

Inserts, updates and deletes on large tables can be very slow and expensive, cause locking and blocking, and even fill up the transaction log. One of the main benefits of table partitioning is that you can speed up loading and archiving of data by using partition switching.

Come See Our Team at SQLSaturday Jacksonville

Posted Apr 23, 2015 by Liz Hamilton

SQLSaturday Jacksonville is right around the corner, and we are so excited for it! It seems that almost the entire Pragmatic Works' Jacksonville office will be participating in the conference, and they are presenting on some great topics.

SQLSaturday Jacksonville will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the University of North Florida Campus, Main Campus, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224, Building 50. 

Additional precon sessions will be held at UNF on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Table Partitioning in SQL Server – The Basics

Posted Apr 21, 2015 by Cathrine Wilhelmsen

There are many benefits of partitioning large tables. You can speed up loading and archiving of data, you can perform maintenance operations on individual partitions instead of the whole table, and you may be able to improve query performance. However, implementing table partitioning is not a trivial task and you need a good understanding of how it works to implement and use it correctly.Table Partitioning is an Enterprise Edition feature only.

Azure ML, SSIS and the Modern Data Warehouse

Posted Apr 17, 2015 by Ginger Grant

Recently I was afforded the opportunity to speak at several different events, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to speak on Azure Machine Learning first at the Arizona SQL Server Users Group meeting. I really appreciate all who attended as we had quite a crowd. Since the meeting is held practically on Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus, it was great to see a number of students attending, most likely due to Ram’s continued marketing efforts on meetup.com. After talking to him about it, I was impressed at his success at improving attendance by promoting the event on Meetup, and wonder if many SQL Server User Groups have experienced the same benefits. If you have, please let me know. Thanks Joe for taking a picture of the event too.

Creating a Simple Report with Power Query and Power View

Posted Apr 16, 2015 by Shawn Harrison

In this tutorial, I will show you how to pull data into Excel using Power Query and then put together a simple report with Power View. While you can get rather elaborate with these tools, this tutorial will begin with a simple focus. I am going to create a report that displays sales amounts from different countries over a period years.

Power Query – Controlling M Query Functions with User Driven Parameters

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Devin Knight

Have you ever had a user run a query against one of your largest tables only for them to immediately filter the results in Excel to show the last years worth of data? All of that data brought across your network and then immediately filtered out. Or maybe Excel just can handle the amount of unfiltered data they’re trying to return.

SSAS Multidimensional vs Tabular - Part 2

Posted Apr 07, 2015 by Alan Faulkner

Introduction

In Part I of the SSAS Tabular vs. SSAS Multidimensional – Which One Do I Choose? series, we began to set the stage for looking at 5 high level considerations to answer this question. The considerations are:

  1. Scalability
  2. Performance
  3. Time to Develop
  4. Complex Business Problems
  5. Learning Curve

In this post, we will contemplate the Scalability and Performance aspects by comparing and contrasting SSAS Tabular and SSAS Multidimensional in these areas.

What is a Modern Data Warehouse?

Posted Apr 06, 2015 by Ginger Grant

As I was honored enough to be selected to give a PreCon on the Internals of the Modern Data Warehouse at SQLSaturday Huntington Beach, I thought that I would take the time to explain why I felt drawn to the topic. There are a lot of places that haven’t given much thought to the changes in technology which have happened over the last few years. The major feature upgrades to SQL Server in 2012 and 2014 have meant that they can use column store indexes which makes things faster and maybe better High Availability. While those things are certainly valuable improvements there is a lot more that you can do to derive value from your data and companies want more than just a well-organized, running data warehouse.

April Employee Spotlight on Nick Slevoski

Posted Apr 02, 2015 by Liz Hamilton

Pragmatic Works believes that our employees are the key to our success. Our staff is made up of many extremely talented professionals who deserve to have their achievements and hard work recognized. Each month, we feature one of our stellar employees that often goes above and beyond the call of duty as a small way of saying thank you. This month we're highlighting Nick Slevoski, who is part of our amazing sales team. 

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