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Designing and implementing a Data Warehouse: Part 3  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 21  |  Today: 0Author: John Charles Olamendy      Rating:  
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Business Intelligence has become a buzzword in recent years as a support to decision making. Today we can find several database systems which include data warehousing, online analytical processing (OLAP), and data mining technologies. Data warehousing provides an efficient storage, maintenance, and retrieval of data. OLAP is a service that provides a way to create ad hoc queries against the data warehouse in order to answer important business questions. Data mining is a disciple comprising of se...

Create a SQL Database Programmatically     
Total Hits: 140  |  Today: 0Author: Moustafar      Rating:  
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In this article I will explain how to use MS SQL Management Objects (SMO) to create a MS SQL database from C# code. In this sample will
1. Enumerate all the SQL servers in the network and fill a list box where the user can select one of the servers.
2. The user will enter the Database Name to create.
3. The user will enter an AD account to grant right to.
4. When the user click "Create Database" the system will check for the existence of the database....

SQL Server Schema Binding and Indexed Views     
Total Hits: 146  |  Today: 0Author: Atif Shehzad      Rating:  
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Recently while creating an archival job I noticed that job was taking way too long to complete. To help troubleshoot I executed the stored procedure directly and it was also taking a long time to fetch the rows from the view that I was using. Based on the query plan it looked like creating an index on the view may help the issue, so I first looked to see if any indexes were in place for the views, but none were found. The next step was to create an index on the view, but I was presented with ...

SQL Server Analysis Services - Creating Data Source Views     
Total Hits: 459  |  Today: 0Author: Nidal Arabi      Rating:  
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Now it is time to go practical in our business intelligence project as we have provided enough concepts. The first step in creating BI projects is to provide data sources to build your model out of. In this article, Nidal examines the different aspects of creating data source views using SQL Server 2008. After providing a short introduction, he outlines the procedure involved in a series of steps with the help of relevant screenshots....

Handling Weeks that Overlap Years in a Date Dimension in a SQL Server Data Warehouse     
Total Hits: 261  |  Today: 0Author: Ray Barley      Rating:  
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Our business users want to report on some fact data aggregated by week. They define a week as beginning on Sunday and ending on Saturday without regard to the year. An example query would be how many employees were hired in each of the previous four weeks? While SQL Server has the DATEPART function which has an option to give the week number in the year for any given date, the week number resets to 1 when the year changes. Can your think of an easy way to implement this type of functionali...

Microsoft's Contribution to the Data Warehousing Industry     
Total Hits: 154  |  Today: 0Author: Microsoft Corporation      Rating:  
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Data warehousing has become one of the most dynamic, interesting, and fast-growing segments of the information technology industry. Microsoft Corporation is contributing to the rapid growth of data warehousing for decision support. A combination of products from Microsoft, and from an alliance of independent software and service providers, enables customers to operate powerful, yet affordable, data warehouse systems. Microsoft® SQL Server™ database, implemented as a data warehouse storage engine...

The Microsoft Data Warehousing Strategy     
Total Hits: 151  |  Today: 0Author: Microsoft Corporation      Rating:  
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Making better business decisions quickly is the key to succeeding in today's competitive marketplace. Understandably, organizations seeking to improve their decision-making can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume and complexity of data available from their varied operational and production systems. Making this data available to a wide audience of business users is one of the most significant challenges for today's information technology professionals. In response, many organizations choose to bui...

Embedding SQL Server Express into Custom Applications     
Total Hits: 289  |  Today: 0Author: Robert Walters      Rating:  
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This white paper discusses how to integrate and deploy Microsoft SQL Server Express-based applications by using configuration files and the ClickOnce deployment technology in Microsoft Visual Studio....

Retrieving SQL Server 2005 Database Info Using SMO: Database Info, Table Info     
Total Hits: 388  |  Today: 0Author: Jagadish Chaterjee      Rating:  
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This article is the second in a series focusing on retrieving SQL Server 2005 information using SMO along with Visual Basic 2005 and Visual Studio 2005. With the basics covered in the previous article, this one goes right into technical information....

Database Storage with SQL Server – Part I     
Total Hits: 255  |  Today: 0Author: extremeexperts      Rating:  
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Database storage is one of the primary failure point in the database environment. Hence, making the storage architecture consistent and at the same time giving it maximum redundancy must be embedded within the design itself. When I call redundancy, I don’t specifically say implementing anything specific to RAID or SAN or other mechanisms. Redundancy must be achieved given your hardware and budget currently in hand – if it even means making just multiple backup copies at the simplest level....

MySQL Data Loading with Lookup Tables     
Total Hits: 202  |  Today: 0Author: Ernest Bonat      Rating:  
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Lookup tables contain, in general, a fixed list of data. This data doesn’t change very often in database business applications. Examples of this data could be a product list, category type, supplier list, state name, zip code, phone area code, etc. In Windows and Internet web business applications, most of these lookup tables are graphically implemented by using ComboBox, ListBox or CheckListBox read-only controls. These controls are loaded with data using two main columns, ID and Name. For exam...

Automating Database maintenance in SQL 2005 Express Edition Part I     
Total Hits: 256  |  Today: 0Author: Jasper Smith      Rating:  
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In this series of articles, I'll demonstrate a couple of different approaches to writing a maintenance utility that mimics some of the behavior of the sqlmaint utility that is included with SQL Server 2000. SQL Server 2005 Express Edition does not include such a utility, so these articles will show how we can easily create one ourselves using either TSQL or SMO (SQL Management Objects - the successor to SQL-DMO). Rather than dive into the code, these articles will demonstrate how to use these ut...

Database Restore Verification     
Total Hits: 447  |  Today: 0Author: Edgewood Solutions Engineers      Rating:  
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I have over night processes on a few different SQL Servers in my environment that are backup and restore related. I have used the scripts on to check if the SQL Server Agent Jobs\Job Steps have run as well as the backup verification code. Some of the backup and restore processes I have written and others I have inherited. Some of the processes seem to be very reliable and others are not. I need a way to validate the restore processes have completed properly just like the SQL Se...

Best Practices for Business Intelligence Using the Microsoft Data Warehousing Framework     
Total Hits: 332  |  Today: 0Author: Microsoft Corporation      Rating:  
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Discover best practices and suggestions for working with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Analysis Services for analytic applications. These practices and suggestions have been compiled from answers to questions submitted by developers and customers, and cover topics ranging from dimensional modeling to designing OLAP cubes and writing MDX expressions. This is not an introductory paper...

Data Warehouse Design Considerations     
Total Hits: 297  |  Today: 0Author: Dave Browning and Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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Data warehousing is one of the more powerful tools available to support a business enterprise. Learn how to design and implement a data warehouse database with Microsoft SQL Server 2000.
Data warehouses support business decisions by collecting, consolidating, and organizing data for reporting and analysis with tools such as online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining. Although data warehouses are built on relational database technology, the design of a data warehouse database differs ...

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 as a Dimensionally Friendly System     
Total Hits: 261  |  Today: 0Author: Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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This document describes how the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Data Warehouse technologies map to the twenty criteria for a Dimensionally Friendly System, as characterized by Ralph Kimball.This paper maps features and functionality of the Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Data Warehousing Framework to the twenty characteristics of a "dimensionally friendly system" identified by Ralph Kimball (1). These characteristics were introduced in order to provide "good metrics for what makes a system more dimensiona...

Using Partitions in a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Data Warehouse     
Total Hits: 245  |  Today: 0Author: Joy Mundy      Rating:  
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This article describes how to use partitions to improve the manageability, query performance, and load speed of data warehouses in SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. Horizontal partitioning of dimensional schema, both in the relational database and in Analysis Services cubes, is addressed....

Data Mining For Database Developers - 1Rule     
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A Data Mining application for Relational Databases (RDBMS) including Microsoft® Access®, Microsoft SQL Server® , Oracle® and Sybase ® databases. The attached articles in HTML and Microsoft Word gives a detailed step by step guide to the development of a Data Mining application....

HOWTO: Access and Modify SQL Server BLOB Data by Using the ADO Stream Object (Q258038)     
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The Stream object introduced in ActiveX Data Objects (ADO) 2.5 can be used to greatly simplify the code that needs to be written to access and modify Binary Large Object (BLOB) data in a SQL Server Database. The previous versions of ADO [ 2.0, 2.1, and 2.1 SP2 ] required careful usage of the GetChunk and AppendChunk methods of the Field Object to read and write BLOB data in fixed-size chunks from and to a BLOB column. An alternative to this method now exists with the advent of ADO 2.5. This arti...

Implementing Data Quality Through Meta Data     
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Data Quality is as important as data integrity for most every application. This article examines how data quality can be improved in a data warehouse through the use of Meta Data.

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