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FAQ: DTS packages in SQL Server

26 Feb 2007

Since the release of SQL Server 2005, the spotlight has been on SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) as it is the new and powerful ETL tool (short for extraction, transforming and loading). SSIS is making ... Read More

Decreasing the size of a datafile

By Eric Brown 07 Mar 2006

Business Intelligence expert Eric Brown offers advice on decreasing the size of a datafile. Read More

Try the SQL Server accelerator for BI

02 Mar 2005

How SQL Server can help with business intelligence. Read More

Stylish SQL Server hardware every well-dressed computer is wearing

By Don Jones 12 Jul 2011

You want your SQL Server computer in top shape, so dress it in the newest duds. Learn about the latest trends in SQL Server hardware and make your server the talk of the town. Read More

Weighing visual output options for SQL Server business intelligence

By Don Jones 25 May 2010

A business intelligence solution can present data in a variety of ways, such as dashboards, scorecards and reports, but each form has a little something different to offer. Read More

SQL Server Reporting Services Fast Guide

20 Feb 2009

Check out this collection of best practices, troubleshooting advice and perfomance tips for working with SSRS in SQL Server 2005. Read More

BI secret to using Excel in Microsoft SQL Azure: PowerPivot

By Serdar Yegulalp 14 Jun 2011

So, you’re comfortable with Excel and you’ve already deployed to the cloud. Is there a trick to using Excel in Microsoft SQL Azure? Indeed there is. It’s the PowerPivot add-in. Read More

SQL Server and business intelligence: Plan ahead

By Serdar Yegulalp 27 Jun 2005

Here are some key planning concepts to keep in mind whenever you use SQL Server as a solution to a particular business problem. Read More

Microsoft’s Master Data Services plays huge role on BI stage

By Don Jones 08 Sep 2011

Microsoft Master Data Services, the company’s master data management product, has much to offer businesses’ business intelligence efforts, according to expert Don Jones. Read More

SQL Server BI performance for the uninitiated

By Don Jones 19 May 2011

Maintaining a SQL Server business intelligence (BI) system may be challenging for many database administrators, but there’s a lot you can do to ensure top SQL Server BI performance. Read More