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Your source for SQL Server and Business Intelligence expert insight and the latest Pragmatic Works' news.

Preparing a Technical Session Part 1: Picking a Topic

Posted Jun 30, 2015 by Devin Knight

So you’ve decided or perhaps were told to do a technical presentation. If this is something that’s new for you, then you may be going through a variety of emotions. You may start feeling excited in anticipation of the event, but often that quickly that changes to anxiety as you realize the amount ofwork ahead of you. As an experienced technical presenter, I understand what you're going through and the challenges you'll face throughout the process. 

Looping Through a Result Set with the ForEach Loop

Posted Jun 24, 2015 by Shawn Harrison

In today's blog post, I am going to show you another use for the ForEach Loop container in SSIS. Most of the time, this container is used for looping through a group of files, however, there are many different uses for it.

Why You Should Care About Data Testing

Posted Jun 22, 2015 by Robert Cain


It has long been a staple of the application world, but far less so in the world of data-centric development. Testing should be critical at every stage of development, especially at the data level.

Creating a SQL 2016 CTP2 Virtual Machine in Azure

Posted Jun 17, 2015 by Devin Knight

With the CTP2 of SQL Server 2016 now released, you may be eager to try it out. One of the best ways to do this in my opinion is to set it up on a virtual machine. You could certainly do this with VMWare or Hyper-V but my new preference for creating VMs is Azure.

What is a Data Lifecycle Assessment?

Posted Jun 11, 2015 by Devon Stiles

Understanding the importance and value of data is crucial for success in today's data-driven world. Organizations who haven’t prioritized data maturity often struggle with confidence in decision making and miss out on opportunities that leave them falling behind the competition. Over the years, we've helped more than 7500 customers globally across industries such as banking, insurance, financial services, automotive and education to implement and execute strategies that leverage and manage their data as an asset while creating a vision for the future. 

We're Headed to Sunny South Florida for SQLSaturday!

Posted Jun 08, 2015 by Liz Hamilton

So many SQLSaturdays, so little time! This weekend, we'll be at SQLSaturday South Florida in Davie. Several of our consultants will be speaking on various topics related to SQL Server and Power BI. Keep reading for more information on all the sessions from our industry experts:

SQLSaturday South Florida Details

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015

Where: Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building, 3301 College Ave, Davie, FL 33314

What is LegiTest?

Posted Jun 03, 2015 by Robert Cain

Testing has long been a core component of traditional software development. Over the years many tools and testing frameworks have emerged to assist developers in testing their applications to ensure a higher quality product.

Sadly, those tools have been lacking in the world of data centric development. There are some tools to assist with testing some aspects of data centric development, but a huge need has gone unfilled for a single tool to perform comprehensive testing across all areas of data centric development.

Until now.

Pragmatic Works has answered the call for a comprehensive testing tool with its newest product: LegiTest.

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