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Setting up DWH Test Automation: Design & Arch

With Continuous Integration working for my Data Warehousing solution (SQL Server, SSAS Tabular, SSIS), it’s time to step forward. Before moving to Continuous Deployment, I want to have a rigorous and automated testing on my EDW. But how to get there?
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3 Important Lessons about Test Automation in Business Intelligence

As you might know, I’m keeping an eye on how I can automate my Data Warehousing testing. In “Automated Testing for the Data Warehouse” my observation was In essence, testing a Data Warehouse isn’t that complex It turns out I’m not the only one thinking about this (really? ūüėČ ). Some time ago¬†I listened to[...]
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VSTS Continuous Build for DWH / BI

In my earlier post “Automated Deployments using Visual Studio” I metioned that the method described was a workaround because I hadn’t figured out how to do a continuous build in VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) yet. With hindsight, that workaround was not really needed: VSTS build turns out to be s√≥ easy, that it’s ridiculous[...]
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Looking for intern / grad student: Continuous Integration for BI

As you might’ve noticed, I’m keeping an eye on Continuous Integration for Business Intelligence. Currently, I’m looking for a grad student to help me implement CI inside BI in his/her internship. As we’re located in Holland, speaking Dutch is a prerequisite – but as a bonus, you’ll be able to share your findings in English[...]
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Synchronizing SQL Server environments

When deploying changes through DTAP, you might need to sync your environments. For example, I sync my Acceptance environment before deploying a new increment, so I can easily see the effects of my new software on production data. To be honest, I’m not very good in these database management tasks[ref]I’ve worked once in an environment[...]
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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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Notes from the Dutch Biml Usergroup kickoff

Today, I attended the kickoff of the Biml Usergroup in the Netherlands. We had several hours of training from Scott Currie at a wonderful location (Impact Hub Amsterdam). Also some hints were dropped about the future of Biml and Varigence products. Here are my notes:
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