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What Makes a Data Warehouse Different?

I get this question all the time: what makes a data warehouse different from a regular database? To those in organizations with a less robust business intelligence and analytics maturity, it may be difficult to differentiate between the two. However, there are very distinct differences between a data warehouse and a regular database. In this […]

Becoming a Data-Driven Credit Union

Data warehouses, multi-dimensional analysis cubes, and predictive analytics can appear to be imposing goals. Where do we start? How quickly can we accomplish our data goals? Do I have the right talent? These questions, and many like them, create doubt and concern amongst credit union executives wondering how they can start utilizing data better and […]

Data Mass Value Curve

In my post discussing Top-Down BI Strategy, I introduced a chart which I call the “Data Mass Value Curve”. This graph identifies an exponential increase in the value of the data as a function of the amount of data available. That is to say that the more data you have available to you, the value […]

Import Data into SQL from Excel

In our last lesson, we showed you how to use SSIS to export data to Excel. In fact, all of our previous SSIS lessons have focused on exporting data from SQL into some other format. In this lesson, however, we will show you how to import data from Excel into SQL. This is very helpful […]

Using the SQL Agent to Automate SSIS Packages

In our last post, we learned how to use SSIS to export data to a flat file. While that is certainly a step in the right direction towards removing all manual effort from our reporting processes, we still had to manually kick off that SSIS package. In this post, we are going to learn how […]

Using SSIS to Export Data to Flat Files

Up to this point, we have focused solely on using SSDT (SQL Server Data Tools) or BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio) to create SSRS reports. Another aspect of the Microsoft Business Intelligence software is a package known as SQL Server Integration Services or SSIS. SSIS is used primarily as a tool to move data in […]

Creating SSRS Subscriptions

In our last post, we showed you how to create drill down SSRS reports so you can create incredibly dynamic reports. Drill down reports create dashboard-like functions right within SSRS. For those credit unions trying to maximize their BI investment, initially using SSRS over third-party BI visualization tools can minimize your upfront costs. What is […]

Drill Down SSRS Reports

Our previous post showed you how to create an SSRS report with multiple parameter data types. By doing that, we created even more dynamic reporting opportunities. An incredibly invaluable function of SSRS is the ability to “drill down” to other reports. The concept of “drilling down” is where you can click on a specific item […]

5 Steps to Start Developing your Business Intelligence Strategy

Big Data, Analytics, and Business Intelligence have become the most commonly used buzzwords in business.  Despite their varying uses and connotations, each boils down to a single proposition: how can we best use our data?   The answer may vary dramatically from credit union to credit union.  Perhaps your goal is to improve marketing returns […]

SSRS Reports with Date Parameters

How many of your reports are completed on a recurring basis: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly? Imagine having the report automatically generated based on date values you can either select manually or have pre-selected? Automating recurring reports using date parameters can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes you to complete these requests. In this […]