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Automated Deployments using Visual Studio

In my earlier post “Automated Testing for the Data Warehouse“, I sketched the outlines of what would be needed in order to achieve automated testing for your Data Warehouse solutions. Today, I want to look at the first step: build & deploy. Between the previous post and the current one, some useful content about this has been written already[...]
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Automated Testing for the Data Warehouse

Case: we’ve integrated two sources of customers. We want to add a third source. Q: How do we at the same time know that our current integration and solutions will continue to work while at the same time integrating the new sources? A: Test it. Q: How do we get faster deployments and more stability? A: Automate the tests, so[...]
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Calculating commute distance using SSIS and the GoogleMaps API

Last week, I had an interesting question from one of my clients about estimates of planned commute distances. For example: What is the distance I travel when I, living at Kalverstraat 7 (Amsterdam) commute five days a week to my customer in Paris (1, rue Victor Cousin)? By the way: it should be calculated for all employees, for[...]
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Moving BI to the cloud: Consider this…

While looking into the possibilities of moving my customer’s BI infrastructure into the cloud, my primary question was how to handle the lack of cloud SSAS. But there’s a lot more to keep in mind. Here’s a few things that I think should be thought of from an architectural point of view: not only in[...]
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Experiences with Power BI Enterprise Gateway

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my experiences with the Analysis Services Connector. Because the Enterprise Gateway was still in preview back then, I didn’t want to use that in production yet. Meanwhile the Enterprise Gateway has been released, so it’s time to update my findings.
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Security and the Enterprise Gateway

While upgrading from Analysis Services Connector to the Power BI Enterprise Gateway, you might notice a change in authorization structure. Here’s a brief description of the differences you need to know when upgrading. I thought there was a change in authorization structure, but I had didn’t fully understand the way Analysis Services Connector authorizes its users.
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SQL Server MONEY datatype limitations

Be very, VERY careful when using SQL Server’s MONEY datatype. It’s okay for storage of money things (offers some nice features too), and has an accuracy of 0.0001. Once you start calculating with that, beware. 1/10000th is quite a limitation.
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