Intel’s Meltdown and database performance

Unless you’ve been on an extended Christmas break with no TV or Internet, you’ll have heard of Intel’s recent troubles. While it’s true that most computers will not be noticeably affected, servers that read and write large amounts of data to disk will be impacted. In my world, that affects two things – databases and […]

SQL Server Standard 2016 – finally, a reason to upgrade!

Since MS SQL Server 2005, there have been 5 releases (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016). Each new release came with some interesting new features – for those on the Enterprise Edition. For the majority of users, on SQL Server Standard, there were updates to the user interface and some security patches, but nothing to […]

Design and development of Data Warehouse including ETL using SQL Server Integration Services. Design of Web Intelligence Reports.

Customer: Market Leading Leisure Organisation We  planned and implemented data migration from multiple source systems into a final data warehouse from which Web Intelligence Reports were created using Universes. Some additional Crystal Reports were also created. Much of the data came from legacy systems so robust procedures were put in place to ensure the accuracy […]

End to end reporting solution, from data warehouse design through to SharePoint integration

Customer: Diagnostic Imaging Provider Project: End to end reporting solution, from data warehouse design through to SharePoint integration. Pursuit Technology were responsible for enabling reporting across multiple disparate systems. A reporting database (datamart) was designed in Microsoft SQL Server, loaded on a daily basis using Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services. The reports were initially intended […]

Using Temporary Tables with Crystal Reports

I recently wrote a Crystal Report for a customer that queried their recurring bookings for gaps of more than 45 minutes. Easy enough, just sort the report by booking time and use Crystal’s previous() and next() functions to work out when the gap’s too large. A little conditional formatting to hide the rows without gaps, […]

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