02 May 2017 New syntax in SQL 2016

SQL 2016 has been released now already since a couple of months. But did you know the existing of following new syntax in SQL 2016 or vNext?

25 Apr 2017 SQL Server problem tombola: giant reads

A SQL Server is as fast as you tune your workload. One of the things I try to do, is tune the workload, a.k.a. the queries executing on my SQL Server, in order to get a better performing server.

18 Apr 2017 An overview of working with files in SQL Server

When you are responsible for databases on a project (as an architect, administrator or developer), you sometimes have to store documents (Files) which are linked to structured data. These data often have to be accessible outside SQL Server (Windows API’s). Storing BLOBs in the database, especially the ones over 1MB, can consume large amounts of file space and expensive server resources. Within SQL Server and Azure, there are different solutions to solve this kind of issues.

11 Apr 2017 SQL Spot – Part 3

The growth spurt of SQL Server 2016 and all its related dimensions is hard to follow. Yet with our SQL spot we try to gather some intel for all SQL Server enthusiasts. As always, we try to share some interesting articles, which crossed our paths recently, either professionally or out of personal interest. The gathered community information addresses a healthy BI perspective, ranging from business to technical insights on various topics: SQL Server news, Power BI, SQL Server BI stack, features, data science topics, accidental DBA stuff and interesting learning or study materials.

04 Apr 2017 Protect your most valuable business asset

Big data has become big business. Almost every company has transformed into a digital company these days. But how do you turn large volumes of information to your advantage?

28 Mar 2017 SQL Spot – Part 2

Hi there. Back again with more splendid community articles. Once again I tried gathering some noticeable information for you on common SQL Server topics regarding business, BI, Data Science, Azure, maintenance, tuning, learning and more…. As always, all rights go out to the community for putting in all the work.

21 Mar 2017 The endless possibilities of Power BI, that’s what makes us happy

We’ve already demonstrated once or twice that with Power BI, you can do much more than just make a simple analysis of your company data. To us, possibilities are truly endless, as long as you do some creative thinking. And today is no different.

14 Mar 2017 R Services: advanced analytics binnen SQL Server 2016

In een vorige blogpost kon je lezen wat R is, wanneer en waarvoor je R kunt gebruiken en hoe je ermee van start gaat. Vandaag vertellen we je hoe je met deze meest gebruikte open source programmeertaal een statistische analyse en een grafische presentatie van jouw gegevens maakt. Plus, waarom dat nuttig is.

07 Mar 2017 Securing the data tier of an Azure SQL Server Database – Part 2

One of the most prominent questions when working with PaaS databases is how to secure them. In the previous blodpost of these defence series, I talked about limiting access to objects through firewalls and encryption. Today I'll discuss protecting and auditing your data. Also, I’ll add some extra resources for a complete overview of the available security features on an Azure SQL Sever Database.

28 Feb 2017 Securing the data tier of an Azure SQL Sever Database – Part 1

One of the most prominent questions when working with PaaS databases is how to secure them. In these defence series, I will talk about limiting access to objects, protecting your data and auditing. Ok, let’s get started with the first layer. Enjoy!

21 Feb 2017 SQL Spot – Part 1

It has been going fast in 2016 for Microsoft BI. If we continue to move on like this, we’re in for a treat in 2017. I want to share some interesting articles, which crossed my path in the past month.

14 Feb 2017 Romantiek met Power BI

Valentijn, je bent er voor of er tegen. Voorstander of niet, wij lieten ons met plezier meeslepen door de zeemzoete sfeer om nog eens wat hits in Power BI te stoppen.

14 Feb 2017 Social Science – Text mining on Twitter data

In my previous blog post I talked about how to get Twitter data into Power BI. This article will discuss how you can apply text mining on that data with some R code, together with some Power BI visuals.

07 Feb 2017 Social Science – Get Twitter data in Power BI

Ever wanted to do some analytics on tweets with a certain hashtag (#) or from a certain user (@)? Don’t look any further, there is a great tool called Microsoft Power BI. In this blog post, I’ll be explaining how to get twitter data into your Power BI. Let’s go!

31 Jan 2017 Azure SQL Database autotuning is not just a wizard

SQL Server provides custom recommendations by using the Azure SQL Database Advisor, enabling maximal performance. The SQL Database Advisor makes recommendations for creating and dropping indexes, parameterizing queries, and fixing schema issues.

24 Jan 2017 Automated deployment of SSRS reports (PowerShell)

It all began with a client who wanted to distribute reports with minimal effort and make them usable by non-technical users.

17 Jan 2017 Why invest in data science?

As you might have noticed, data science is not just a buzz word anymore. It has become serious business! Why?

10 Jan 2017 This was Microsoft BI in 2016

With the latest version of Microsoft SQL Server, we – BI folks – have a lot of new features to play with. Power BI has also made an enormous progress in 2016. Let’s take a look at some of the new, enhanced and/or interesting features of 2016.