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Dimensional Databases: Building A Data Warehouse     
Total Hits: 652  |  Today: 0Author: Baya Pavliashvili.      Rating:  
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Building a data warehouse involves several complicated steps (some of which I described in my previous articles for InformIT). After the data warehousing architect locates all data elements necessary to support the data warehouse, it is time to build a dimensional model. As data change in transactional systems, the data warehouse needs to have a way of tracking and reflecting such changes. Populating fact and dimension tables can take considerable amount of time if the population routines aren't...

The Data Mining Cluster Analysis Algorithm     
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The goal of clustering is to divide the data set in predetermined ("K") number of clusters around the average locations ("means"), so the algorithm is also known as the K-Means algorithm. Like other techniques it is applied mostly on people, to discover hidden grouping that can't be noticed at the first glimpse....

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) – Part 4 – Import Data using Wizard  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 28  |  Today: 0Author: Karthikanbarasan      Rating:  
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In this article we will see on how to Import data from SQL server using the wizard which is provide with the SSMS (SQL server Management Studio). Using SSMS we can perform many tasks like copying data from one server to the other or from one data source to the other in variety of formats. Here our task is to do Import data from SQL server to Excel using the Wizard.You can look into Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of my SSIS articles at the below urls...

SQL Server Analysis Services - Creating Data Source Views     
Total Hits: 462  |  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: 267  |  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...

The Microsoft Data Warehousing Strategy     
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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: 296  |  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: 394  |  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....

MySQL Data Loading with Lookup Tables     
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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: 263  |  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...

Best Practices for Business Intelligence Using the Microsoft Data Warehousing Framework     
Total Hits: 336  |  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 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...

OLAP Services: Managing Slowly Changing Dimensions     
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This article outlines several main types of slowly changing dimensions. After showing how an online analytical processing (OLAP) server operates when reading dimension members, the article then offers ways to handle these and other real-world scenarios using Microsoft® SQL Server™ OLAP Services....

Data Type Synonyms  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 26  |  Today: 0Author: Sumit Garg From Chandigarh      Rating:  
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This article basically illustrates the concept of Data type synonyms which are included in SQL Server 2005 for SQL-92 compatibility....

Chapter 6: Scalable Data Warehousing  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse is an enterprise data warehouse appliance based on technology originally created by DATAllegro and acquired by Microsoft in 2008. In the months following the acquisition, Microsoft revamped the product by changing it from a product that used the Linux operating system and Ingres database technologies to a product based on SQL Server 2008 R2 and the Windows Server 2008 operating system. SQL Server 2008 Enterprise has many features supporting sc...

Designing and implementing a Data Warehouse: Part 3  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 28  |  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...

Data Warehouse Partition Strategies  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 19  |  Today: 0Author: Paulo Condeca      Rating:  
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Microsoft put a great deal of effort into SQL Server 2005 and 2008 to ensure that that the platform it is a real Enterprise class product. I’m not going to write about all the new features in the OLTP Engine, in this article I will focus on Database Partitioning and provide a real world scenario. This article will cover the following points:

I. Benefits and Limitations of Partitioning (HEAPS/CLUSTERED/NONCLUSTERED).
II. Implementation Methodology....

CDC and Data Warehouse  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 23  |  Today: 0Author: Dinesh Asanka      Rating:  
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In a data warehouse, the most challenging thus interesting part is the ETL (Extraction, Transform and Loading) process. The challenge comes as you have to work on different databases which were not designed by you....

Introduction to WTL OLE DB Database Applications  Version: 0.00     Price: $0.00  
Total Hits: 26  |  Today: 0Author: Ed Gadziemski      Rating:  
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This article describes using an ATL wizard-generated OLE DB consumer with WTL's CWinDataExchange (DDX) to create a basic WTL database application. The sample project is a standard WTL dialog-based application that uses edit controls to display the data. It acquires data from a Microsoft Access 97/2000 database via the OLE DB for Jet 4.0 provider. The sample project demonstrates inserting, deleting, and saving rows as well as forward and reverse navigation through the rowset. It also shows basic ...

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