Derek Comingore Blog

Derek Comingore's Microsoft Business Intelligence Blog

Blog…Dead & New Address

Hi Folks! For a while I was attempting (probably the correct word) to keep both this blog as well as my SQL Server Magazine SQL Server BI blog current. Working on growing B. Read more →

SQL Saturday #23 in Louisville, KY

I'll be speaking at the SQL Saturday #23 event held in Louisville, KY on October 24th, 2009. I will be giving two sessions, the first of which will be on SQL Server 2008 R2 and Project Gemini: BI for the Masses. Read more →

Attunity Receives Readers Choice Award for Oracle-CDC for SSIS

If you have not yet checked out Attunity and their line up of data integration components for SSIS your missing out! Attunity is without question one of the elite SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 3rd Party Providers and the company's recent award of a Reader Choice Award from Visual Studio Magazine is yet another sign of the company's commitment to SSIS Excellence. Read more →

Understanding Microsoft BI: New TechNet Articles Released

I had a great opportunity recently to write a series of articles for TechNet Magazine with fellow MSFT BI gurus Stacia Misner and Scot Reagin. The first two articles can be found in the upcoming Auguest issue of TechNet Magazine (the online versions of the articles can be found using the link above as well). Read more →

Join me on October 15th and learn how to quickly deliver actionable information to your company's leaders

Learn how to strengthen your company's overall health and help your business thrive in this tough economy - without ever leaving your desk. Attend this exclusive series and discover how to quickly deliver actionable information without any significant software costs or long running data warehouse projects. Read more →

Azure: Data Mining in the Cloud

SQL Serverdata mining has always been somewhat of an overlooked, niche technology. There are several logical reasons for SQL Server data mining’s slow adoption. First, there are few companies that take the time to consider if they can benefit from the technology (OLAP tends to be the technological “stop point” in modern day). Read more →

MCM & MCA Programs…Great if you’re not in BI

This is my biggest frustration with the advanced certification programs at Microsoft. Microsoft has clearly identified the need to create advanced certification programs yet Business Intelligence has zero representation! I have created past Connect suggestions and even made in-person suggestions on live meetings yet I keep receiving a response of “not now”. Read more →

MVP Summit 2009 Rocks!

My first Summit and its been a blast thus far! Defenitely a gratifying experience. Legacy Comments Freelance DBA 2009-03-02 re: MVP Summit 2009 Rocks! Read more →

BI in a Tough Economy

The signs of a tough economy surround us all. Many Fortune 500 companies have laid-off workers and those who are still employed fret over their job’s near-term outlook. The housing and financial markets have been shaken to their core and the new president is promising change that cannot seem to come quick enough. Read more →

Game Changing Announcement for Microsoft BI

Adapted from my colleague's (Barry Ralston) post at SQL Server Magazine BI Blog...  Today, in a message to the Business Intelligence Partner Community, Microsoft announced a major change in the alignment of the BI flagship product, Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server. Read more →

Upcoming PASS User Group Presentations

Happy New Year! My colleague Barry Ralston from ComFrame Software ( and I are giving a series of local user group presentations starting with the first two below. If you run a local user group in the midwest or southeast regions of the country and would enjoy having us stop and present on Microsoft BI topics please feel free to email us at dcomingore@comframe. Read more →

OLAP's Ante to Play: OLTP

I'm starting to read various chapters from 'Programming Microsoft SQL Server 2008' by Leonard Lobel and his co-authors. I found his Chapter 14, 'Data Warehousing', contains a very good section on the solutions and technologies that were 'main stream' prior to the deployment of data warehousing and business intelligence solutions. Read more →