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Business Intelligence, SQL Server and general technology blog
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While quietly perusing Twitter this evening, I happened to notice one from the official AWS account with a link to a blog post from Amazon tech hero Randall Hunt describing the newly available capability for AWS Lambda: SQS as an event source! Amazon SQS…
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[intro-text size=”25px”]Microsoft’s Build conference for 2016 took place a couple of weeks ago, and true to form, there were a number of killer announcements and reveals for a number of services, tools, and frameworks, many of which are available today.…
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Yet again I’ve let things slide and haven’t posted in a while.  This one’s nothing exciting.  I’m currently migrating to a new hosting provider, so any weirdness can be attributed to this. I’m hoping to be back soon with some more up to date posts!
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A couple of months ago, Microsoft’s new-look Power BI Preview rolled out globally.  Ditching the Office 365/Sharepoint Online requirement, the new Power BI is a streamlined, simplified version of the product that attempts to lose some of the bloat and…
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2014 has been a very quiet year on picnicerror.net.  Since moving job in April, things have been rather hectic, which has meant I’ve not had much time to post, despite having lots of good ideas for content.  I’m hoping to pick things back up over the…
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As part of Microsoft’s push to include business users in the Business Intelligence space, the addition of Data Quality Services to SQL Server’s feature set opened up the ETL process to the people who, arguably, know the data best.  Integration with SSIS…
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Microsoft have announced their new machine learning framework, Azure ML, which aims to bring powerful analytics techniques to all users.
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HP's new computer can enable 640TB per second throughput.... Wow. Now we just need I/O speeds to receive a similar boost! http://ow.ly/y7YmJ
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[alert style="red"]Warning: This post contains spoilers regarding the ending of Halo 4.  You’ve been warned.[/alert]   I’ve been spending some time with a special lady lately.  She’s always with me, and has been helping me organise my life.  She’s not all…
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With SQL Server 2008, Microsoft introduced the new, improved datetime2 format.  This newer time storage format is great, because it takes up less storage space, plus you have control over precision and can define your field to the exact specification…
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