CategoryBusiness Intelligence

Pragmatic Works Los Angeles BI Boot Camp

Click to purchase a seat in the Pragmatic Works Los Angeles BI Boot Camp. Microsoft has a wide range of offerings in the business intelligence space and it can take a lot of work to figure out how they all fit together. The Pragmatic Works BI Boot Camp will walk you through a week of hands on activities that show exactly how each piece of the BI stack works. I will be teaching the class for all 5...

Upcoming Presentation – Space Coast SQL/.Net User Group

If you happen to be in the central Florida or Daytona area head over to Melbourne on September 10th to see me! I’ll be speaking at the newly merged Space Coast SQL/.Net User Group on Power Query. This topic is easy for anyone in SQL, business intelligence, .Net or even every day users to understand. I’ll show you some awesome things you can do with Power Query and how to mash data...

How To Use the Unpivot Transform in SSIS

Moving data from columns to rows can be a tricky task and accomplished in a variety of ways. That may be through a series of unions in T-SQL, but that’s just ugly and means lots of passes at the data potentially. You could use a T-SQL unpivot, which isn’t bad and usually my preferred method. The problem is you may not always have the option to use T-SQL. What if your source is a flat...

Monitoring BI Performance: Scripts and Slides

I recently did a presentation and discussed some techniques for monitoring the performance of your business intelligence stack. I will be doing 3 additional posts that go into a little more detail and contain screenshots of how to monitor each BI tool with some step by step instructions. Be on the lookout for those coming out over the next week. I have the first one written and scheduled to...

Webinar Q&A: SSRS Subscriptions and Data Alerts

Updated 10-16-2014 at 11:20 AM Eastern Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone that attended. If you were unable to join or would like to see the recording you can find the link here. The Q&A can be found...

Webinar Q&A: Getting Started with Change Data Capture

Yesterday I presented about Change Data Capture for the Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s. I covered the basics of what Change Data Capture (CDC) is and showed how to use it. We had a good turn out, so thank you to everyone that attended. If you were unable to join or would like to see the recording you can find the link here. The Q&A can be found below.   Q: Does disabling...

Webinar Q&A: Getting Started With Analysis Services

I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about Getting Started With Analysis Services. We covered some of the differences between the two project types at a high level then built one of each to give everyone an idea of how difficult and how fast each could be developed. If you attended I want to say thank you. It’s always appreciated when people...

Webinar Q&A: New BI Features in SharePoint 2013

I recently presented a free webinar for Pragmatic Works Free Training on the T’s about new Business Intelligence features in SharePoint 2013. If you attended I want to say thank you. It’s always a fun time presenting and the audience is always a lot of fun to interact with before presenting. If you were unable to join the session here is a link to the recording that you can watch for...

Presentation Update: New BI Features in SharePoint 2013

It’s time for another free webinar!! Whether you like it or not SharePoint is here to stay! With every release of SQL Server or SharePoint (which follow different release cycles) the feature set for Business Intelligence professionals gets more fragmented and more complicated. If I want to get Feature A what combination of SQL Server and SharePoint do I need? All valid questions. I’ll...

Presentation Update: Change Data Capture (CDC) Made Easy With SSIS 2012

Come get your learn on with Pragmatic Works and myself! In January I’ll be dropping some knowledge about change data capture and how to consume it with SSIS. CDC is one of the features I wish more of my clients were leveraging. It makes doing incremental loads dramatically more simplified. In this session I’ll show you quickly how to enable CDC then how to use SSIS to consume the data...

Bradley Schacht

Bradley Schacht is a Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics team based in Jacksonville, FL. He has worked with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure data services since 2009 as a consultant, trainer, and architect. He has co-authored 4 SQL Server and Power BI books, most recently the Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide. Bradley enjoys solving interesting problems and teaching others to use new technology. He frequently presents at community events around the country, is a contributor to sites such as SQLServerCentral.com, and is a member of the Jacksonville SQL Server User Group (JSSUG).

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