June 27, 2008

Well I guess I should have done this earlier, but it turns out I only got around to it now… How do you write a eulogy to a best friend? I’m afraid I don’t know, so instead, I’d like to just talk to you about him. Sheleg, a mixed breed, came to our home about 7 years ago, when he was about a half a year old. He had passed quite a few owners in Beer Sheva, where my brother was studying for his second degree. My brother took pity on him, but as he...

BI Governance – How to Manage BI in Your Company

June 21, 2008

This week, I had the great pleasure of going to the 19th Annual Regional Conference which Gartner was holding in Tel Aviv. The subject was “Driving Profits and Performance with ICT”. I really wanted to share with you what fascinated me most there, a lecture about BI Governance from Andreas Bitterer - Research Vice President Data Management and Integration, Business Intelligence.  Business Intelligence Governance When an organization decides to implement a BI solution, it often faces the following problems: ·         BI is not a project, but rather a program – after you...

Cumulative Update Package 8 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

June 18, 2008

CU8 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 has just been released, which also means that the grounds have also been made for Cumulative Update Package 9 as well. Microsoft recommends that in general, you only install Cumulative Updates to correct problems described in the knowledge base articles relevant to that CU. That said, Cumulative Update Package 8 can, amongst other things, correct something related to Cumulative Update Package 6. It seems that queries that use a cursor run faster on previous builds than they do on CU6. This problem was fixed in CU8, and so if you...

How to avoid breaking reports based on your Report Model

June 8, 2008

Almost every post I made about Report Builder, be it the pros and cons of creating a report model on a cube or refining a report model based on a cube, brought the same question - what makes reports based on a report model to break and how can you avoid it? Well I didn't know the answer as I admit it never happened to me, (sigh of relief), but the question did bother me enough for me to try and research it a bit more on the internet. And yes, I'm happy to say there is more than...

SQL Server 2008 RC0 Has Been Released!

June 7, 2008

Yes, you read it right! SQL Server 2008 Release Candidate 0 is out! I guess I should have known as much as it is Tech Ed North America right now, and Buck Woody did say that they’re planning the next release just for that occasion… But I knew Tech Ed had already started and didn’t hear anything about it in the media so obviously I thought they didn’t make it in the end – wrong! It’s currently available just for TechNet Plus subscribers (does that make this offer more enticing all of the sudden?). For more details, please check...
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