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Saturday, November 18, 2017

An MCP Again (Now with SQL Server 2016)


It's been a massive effort over the past several weeks to both brush-up and catch-up with a lot of the latest with SQL Server, but especially for data warehousing & business intelligence, the Microsoft Data Platform has really evolved in the past few years.
So, I've been more and more exited to learn about the new variety of enterprise-grade tools & components. From upgrades to SSMS to the evolution of the former BI Development Studio ("BIDS"), into SQL Data Tools, and all the advancements in Integration Services (SSIS), Master Data Services, Data Quality Services, and Azure, the Microsoft Data Platform comprises a truly capable foundation on which to build the latest & greatest solutions.
From my first MCP certification in May, 1999, to PerformancePoint Server in 2009, to Microsoft Office Excel Expert in 2016, and now with Implementing Data Warehouses with SQL Server 2016, I'm always fascinated to have the chance to learn how these tools can be applied to offer insight on practical business issues.

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