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  • Now Playing on SSWUG TV!

    Hi friends, I know a lot of you regularly read my blog either on my home page at KevinEKline.com, on SQLBlog.com, or one of the locations where it's syndicated. And you may also regularly take in my content on SQLSentry.TV or my monthly column on Database Trends & Applications magazine.   Click the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 10, 2013
  • What's the Data Modeling Standard for Business Intelligence Systems?

    I had the good fortune to overhead some of my good friends and fellow MVPs discussing the process of data modeling for business intelligence systems.  So what are the industry standard approaches for modeling dimensional data modelling?The short answer is that Kimball's dimensional modeling is the most widely adopted standard for any sort of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 2, 2013
  • PASS Business Analytics Conference (BAC) Recap

    The PASS Business Analytics Conference (PASS BAC) is PASS' first foray into an event that is dedicated to business intelligence, big data, data visualization, and business analytics.  And it totally makes sense for PASS to move in this direction, over and above the flagship community work centered on database management and ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 14, 2013
  • SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 Released!

    SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 enables customers to use the Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project templates within the Visual Studio 2012 shell.  The components are delivered as a web download on the Microsoft Download center and will be available through Web Platform Installer.   This release is the ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 8, 2013
  • What's It Like on a SQLCruise?

    I always seem to get a question or two along the lines of ''What's it like on a SQLCruise?'' as I present at various conferences, SQL Saturdays, and user group meetings.  Since we just finished up the 2013 Miami SQLCruise, I thought it'd be a good time to recap so that you can judge for yourself if you'd ever want to do it yourself. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 5, 2013
  • ETL Demo With Data from Data.Gov

    A little over a month ago, I wrote an article (Is There Such a Thing as Easy ETL) about expressor software and their desktop ETL application, expressor Studio. I wrote about how it seemed much easier than the native ETL tools in SQL Server when I was reading up on the tool, but that the ''proof would be in the pudding'' so to speak when I ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 5, 2011
  • What I'm Reading, July 22 2011

    I read too much, and that, my friends, is an entirely separate topic for a blog post. But I thought I'd share with you a little more about what I'm reading because sometimes, if I'm lucky, it might be something you'd enjoy too. So I'm going to start sharing what I'm reading at least once per week, partly so that I don't firehose too many ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 21, 2011
  • Getting Ahead of the Curve – Big Data

    I have to confess that I'm incredibly excited about BigData. I haven't been this excited about new innovations in IT since relational databases first appeared on the scene early in my career. But what is BigData? Back in those days, I can still feel the echos of adrenaline when I was hired to work on a NASA project that would involve over ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 14, 2011
  • Business Intelligence Careers SearchSQLServer.com Interview

    I had a very interesting conversation recently with a good friend of mine.  She's at the top of her game as a first class enterprise DBA in a major medical institution.  She was interested in my career advice because she'd recently received an unsolicited invitation for a higher paying job in the business intelligence (BI) ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 29, 2011
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