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Tools I use – OneNote – Part II


As promised in part I here is the part II of tools I use and in this part, I will entirely focus on one of my most used and favourite tool called Microsoft OneNote. I use it for almost everything, you may ask “Why?! What is the big deal, I can use Microsoft Word, Google Keep, a paper block or anything else, why MS OneNote?” Yes, that is fully true but you are lacking fundamental structure and essential features that you won’t have in these tools.

Maybe the biggest feature itself is to organisation and structure inside OneNote, it keeps your work, university, private material perfectly organized, and you can get things done. If your project is growing bigger than expected, you are able to quickly restructure your notes by increasing an additional section and turn the existing section into a section group which allows you to split notes into different segments like releases, parts,…

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What DWA tools are on the market


The 5 top most searched Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) tools compared with GoogleTrends is telling you that WhereScape is first before TimeXtender and BiReady (new Attunity Compose) over the last year. See the picture in full size or go directly to GoogleTrend comparison and change to your own needs.

Although the analysis is not representative, it still gives some insights and a good overview to size and presumably usage compared to each other, worldwide.
Please consider that WhereScape and TimeXtender have more search results as the company name is the same as their product, meaning some of them are dedicated to the company name rather the DWA tool itself. And BimlFlex just published their first release and biGENiUS is rather new to market their product actively, they will probably increase slightly in the soon future.
Tools on the market
As you can imagine, there are plenty of tools on the market. From open-source, to very expensive… Read more

The 5 top most searched Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) tools compared with GoogleTrends is telling you that WhereScape is first before TimeXtender and BiReady (new Attunity Compose) over the last year. See the picture in full size or go directly to GoogleTrend comparison and change to your own needs.

Although the analysis is not representative, it still gives some insights and a good overview to size and presumably usage compared to each other, worldwide.
Please consider that WhereScape and TimeXtender have more search results as the company name is the same as their product, meaning some of them are dedicated to the company name rather the DWA tool itself. And BimlFlex just published their first release and biGENiUS is rather new to market their product actively, they will probably increase slightly in the soon future.
Tools on the market
As you can imagine, there are plenty of tools on the market. From open-source, to very expensive…

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Why automate? What does DWA for us?


This article is for you if you considering to use Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) and asking yourself what DWA tools should do for you. After I explain in my previous blog Why Data Warehouse Automation is not more popular, you will find the why and what of DWA in this second post of the series.
Why automate?
Every industry has used automation to increase productivity, reduce manual effort, improve quality and consistency, and speed delivery. Henry Ford introduced the assembly to produce automobiles, and today Uber and countless other startups use the Internet and digital processing to reduce friction in commercial transactions. Thus, the time has come to introduce automation to data warehousing.
Pointed out by Eckerson Group.

I would say it like this. In a society where time flys remarkably fast and data became the new gold, it’s crucial to have proper analyses or even data predictive trends to navigate the company in the best… Read more

This article is for you if you considering to use Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) and asking yourself what DWA tools should do for you. After I explain in my previous blog Why Data Warehouse Automation is not more popular, you will find the why and what of DWA in this second post of the series.
Why automate?
Every industry has used automation to increase productivity, reduce manual effort, improve quality and consistency, and speed delivery. Henry Ford introduced the assembly to produce automobiles, and today Uber and countless other startups use the Internet and digital processing to reduce friction in commercial transactions. Thus, the time has come to introduce automation to data warehousing.
Pointed out by Eckerson Group.

I would say it like this. In a society where time flys remarkably fast and data became the new gold, it’s crucial to have proper analyses or even data predictive trends to navigate the company in the best…

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Why Data Warehouse Automation is not more popular


Data Warehouse Automation

I was working with a Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) tool for a little more than a year, and I have to say I loved it. As a BI developer you could focus on the challenges you had in dimensional modelling, what granularity should you have the fact tables and going crazy with the business requirements and everything fast, consistent and tested!
But why is DWA not used more often? I’m asking that myself more and more. That’s why I’m writing a series of blog posts all about DWA. In this first blog, I’m trying to find possible reasons behind and also argue for DWA, and why we should use it more often.
Every one needs to make data driven decision faster, why not use a generator which gives you answers in days instead of months..?
Losing control
What do I mean by that? Many people and therefore many companies fear to lose control in general,…

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Data Warehouse Automation (DWA) – Series


Very long time ago, 1986, 31 years ago to be precise, IBM in Europe created the very first architecture of a data warehouse. And it seems to be a masterpiece as it didn’t change much since. Though how can we improve or bring some innovation into Data Warehouse business in times everyone is talking about big data, data lakes, Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, Data Vault, etc.?

No matter how we want to improve the architecture, it has to be automated as much as possible. Nowadays it became too slow for serving the business needs doing it the traditional way. However, I don’t think DWH will go away anytime soon (see more DWH vs Data Lake). I strongly believe that DWA tools are the future and will boost the Data Warehousing reputation back to earlier years.

That’s why I wrote this blog series all about DWA. You can start with the first blog… Read more

Very long time ago, 1986, 31 years ago to be precise, IBM in Europe created the very first architecture of a data warehouse. And it seems to be a masterpiece as it didn’t change much since. Though how can we improve or bring some innovation into Data Warehouse business in times everyone is talking about big data, data lakes, Internet of Things (IoT), predictive analytics, Data Vault, etc.?

No matter how we want to improve the architecture, it has to be automated as much as possible. Nowadays it became too slow for serving the business needs doing it the traditional way. However, I don’t think DWH will go away anytime soon (see more DWH vs Data Lake). I strongly believe that DWA tools are the future and will boost the Data Warehousing reputation back to earlier years.

That’s why I wrote this blog series all about DWA. You can start with the first blog…

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Tools I use..


As I’m using a lot of tools on a daily basis which makes my life easier, I’d like to share them with you. Also because lately, I recommending them more regularly to friends and co-workers. Hope you find them useful, please leave a comment if you’re using other cool tools or if you disagree with my opinion.

Some tools I got inspired by the author Tim Ferriss and his guests in his popular podcasts. Find the links at the end of this blog for more information.
Capture the time
Rescue Time – rescuetime.com
This little tool you install on each computer or smartphone you own, and it will keep track of how productive you are. It shows you what program you used, how long and you can compare days, weeks or years. If you like, you’re able to set goals for an application to not use more than X amount of hours.
I can say… Read more

As I’m using a lot of tools on a daily basis which makes my life easier, I’d like to share them with you. Also because lately, I recommending them more regularly to friends and co-workers. Hope you find them useful, please leave a comment if you’re using other cool tools or if you disagree with my opinion.

Some tools I got inspired by the author Tim Ferriss and his guests in his popular podcasts. Find the links at the end of this blog for more information.
Capture the time
Rescue Time – rescuetime.com
This little tool you install on each computer or smartphone you own, and it will keep track of how productive you are. It shows you what program you used, how long and you can compare days, weeks or years. If you like, you’re able to set goals for an application to not use more than X amount of hours.
I can say…

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The more you share the more you get..


Quote by Leonard Nimoy.

I’ve experienced the truth of this a long time ago during my apprenticeship, without being aware of it. You probably remember those days when you had to prepare for an exam, but due to time constraints, you couldn’t look up everything in the books. So my friend and I compiled summaries of the most important things. Not surprisingly, these summaries quickly became very popular in class, and more people asked us if we could share it with them. I remember that back then I was sceptical about this and was asking myself “Why should I give it to them? We put a lot of work in it and they just want to copy that? No way!” At the end of the day, they got it anyway either through my friend or some other way. Eventually, I just said to myself “Oooookaay, give it to everyone who asks,”… Read more

Quote by Leonard Nimoy.

I’ve experienced the truth of this a long time ago during my apprenticeship, without being aware of it. You probably remember those days when you had to prepare for an exam, but due to time constraints, you couldn’t look up everything in the books. So my friend and I compiled summaries of the most important things. Not surprisingly, these summaries quickly became very popular in class, and more people asked us if we could share it with them. I remember that back then I was sceptical about this and was asking myself “Why should I give it to them? We put a lot of work in it and they just want to copy that? No way!” At the end of the day, they got it anyway either through my friend or some other way. Eventually, I just said to myself “Oooookaay, give it to everyone who asks,”…

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Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part III


Continued from Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part II here part III with the main focus on very interesting topic testing ;-).
Testing
When I implemented all about 20 views from Oracle to SQL Server, I had to test the performance and not least important, the content of the views if their still contain the same. And how do you do that the easiest way?
Measure performance
For measuring the performance you simply select alls Views with a SELECT COUNT(*) on both databases. Don’t forget to clear the cache before each run.
To generate all the COUNT-Statements I created a little script, just to make life easier right ;-):
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Compare content

	First you create a database linked server on your SQL Server database. If you don’t know how to do this, please read the following How-to.
	If you have only a few comparison you easily create EXCEPT-SELECT-Query and compare your Oracle Views over the database link (linked-Server)… Read more

Continued from Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part II here part III with the main focus on very interesting topic testing ;-).
Testing
When I implemented all about 20 views from Oracle to SQL Server, I had to test the performance and not least important, the content of the views if their still contain the same. And how do you do that the easiest way?
Measure performance
For measuring the performance you simply select alls Views with a SELECT COUNT(*) on both databases. Don’t forget to clear the cache before each run.
To generate all the COUNT-Statements I created a little script, just to make life easier right ;-):

Compare content

First you create a database linked server on your SQL Server database. If you don’t know how to do this, please read the following How-to.
If you have only a few comparison you easily create EXCEPT-SELECT-Query and compare your Oracle Views over the database link (linked-Server)…

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Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part II


Continued from Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part I here part II with more focus on the performance part.
 Performance issues recursive queries
When it comes to performance I had one big issue with the built-in function SYS_CONNECT_BY_PATH which is used for rekursiv queries in Oracle. This function is well know by the Oracle optimizer which makes this function unbelievable fast and there is no similar function on SQL Server. Even more complex was, that this queries was used on nested views, so the SQL was quite complex.

I started to translate it to an CTE view which is the pendant in SQL server and the answer to recursive queries in SQL Server. But I ended up having big performance issues because the queries where to complex. I had good performance measures on an easy simple query but invinitive response with more complex.

So what’s the solution to that?
Inline User-Defined Functions. Of course it… Read more

Continued from Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part I here part II with more focus on the performance part.
 Performance issues recursive queries
When it comes to performance I had one big issue with the built-in function SYS_CONNECT_BY_PATH which is used for rekursiv queries in Oracle. This function is well know by the Oracle optimizer which makes this function unbelievable fast and there is no similar function on SQL Server. Even more complex was, that this queries was used on nested views, so the SQL was quite complex.

I started to translate it to an CTE view which is the pendant in SQL server and the answer to recursive queries in SQL Server. But I ended up having big performance issues because the queries where to complex. I had good performance measures on an easy simple query but invinitive response with more complex.

So what’s the solution to that?
Inline User-Defined Functions. Of course it…

Read more

Migrate from Oracle to Microsoft (Views) – Part I


Sometimes you have to migrate from an Oracle database to a Microsoft SQL Server. I’m not going into the reason that could be behind. I had different projects where I had to achieve this goal. The issues that I faced is what I would like to share with you.
Different functions
When it comes to rewrite code from Ora-SQL to MS-SQL, in my case it were Oracle Views that had to be transfered to Microsoft Views, then the first thing you figure out is, that there’s not the same built in functions on both sides. For example the well know TO_NUMBER() or TO_CHAR() in Oracle dosen’t exist in Microsoft. So what you do?
Below you see a list of the common functions compared between the two technologies:




Description
Oracle
MS SQL Server


Smallest integer >= n
CEIL
CEILING


Modulus
MOD
%


Truncate number
TRUNC
<none>


Max or min number or string in list
GREATEST,LEAST
<none>


Translate NULL to n
NVL
ISNULL


Return NULL if two values are equal
DECODE
NULLIF


String concatenation
CONCAT(str1,str2)
str1 + str2


Convert ASCII… Read more

Sometimes you have to migrate from an Oracle database to a Microsoft SQL Server. I’m not going into the reason that could be behind. I had different projects where I had to achieve this goal. The issues that I faced is what I would like to share with you.
Different functions
When it comes to rewrite code from Ora-SQL to MS-SQL, in my case it were Oracle Views that had to be transfered to Microsoft Views, then the first thing you figure out is, that there’s not the same built in functions on both sides. For example the well know TO_NUMBER() or TO_CHAR() in Oracle dosen’t exist in Microsoft. So what you do?
Below you see a list of the common functions compared between the two technologies:

Description
Oracle
MS SQL Server

Smallest integer >= n
CEIL
CEILING

Modulus
MOD
%

Truncate number
TRUNC
<none>

Max or min number or string in list
GREATEST,LEAST
<none>

Translate NULL to n
NVL
ISNULL

Return NULL if two values are equal
DECODE
NULLIF

String concatenation
CONCAT(str1,str2)
str1 + str2

Convert ASCII…

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