Why I beleive the Microsoft BI Stack seems unfinished

Simon Sabin shared a great post with the SQL Server Community recently where he asked Where is the intelligence in Business Intelligence? This really got me thinking and I wanted to share some further thoughts with you on the subject. To me it seems as if the Business Intelligence solution stack is only three quarters [...]

SQL Server Reporting Services Tip: email subscription tweak

What’s the problem? How to configure SQL Server Reporting Services 2005 to permit users to assign the delivery email address for their own subscriptions. Why does SQL Server work this way? When you subscribe to a report, the e-mail delivery settings you work with vary depending on whether your Role includes the “Manage individual subscriptions” [...]

Reporting Services date control issue using Analysis Services data source

Here’s a solution to an issue that you may have come up against when designing a SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) report requiring Datetime parameters, that uses a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) data source. What’s the problem? When you create a dataset from a SSAS data source, by default the date values returned from [...]

SQL Server Stuff Discovered This Week

Virtualisation As you may already know, I am big fan of the work of Brent Ozar, a talented SQL Server professional and online author of excellent quality SQL Server content. I particularly enjoy his podcast series and think the clear, direct style of his presentations are brilliant. You can learn a great deal in a [...]

Performance Dashboard Report – Datatype Overflow Error

When you try to execute the Performance Dashboard Reports for the first time, you may be presented with an error of the form: “the difference of two datetime columns caused overflow at runtime” This is because the DATEDIFF function returns an int value and once you have a connection that is more than 24 days [...]