Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates

Which Version of Visual Studio do I Have? Because I couldn't find it on the web, here's a list of the Visual Studio 2013 Version numbers for each of the Updates: VS 2012 Version Version ID Shell - RTM 11.0.50727.1 Update 5 11.0.61219.00 VS 2013 Version Version ID RTM 12.0.21005.1 Update 1 12.0.30110.0 Update 2 … Continue reading Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 Version Numbers and Updates

An Introduction to Estimating with Story Points

In the agile process, when we speak of estimating, we refer to Points (often called Story Points).  This article explains Points and how we use them in the estimating process. First, let’s take a peek into a typical Project Manager (PM) – Developer conversation (maybe you’ve had a conversation like this yourself): PM:  So, how … Continue reading An Introduction to Estimating with Story Points

Enabling the Unknown Member on a Dimension in SSAS.

Do you ever get this error: Warning 5 Errors in the OLAP storage engine: The attribute key cannot be found when processing: Table: '', Column: '', Value: '12:00:00 AM'. The attribute is 'Date'. It turns out that this error occurs because: Null values in the fact table relationship are converted to '12:00 A.M.' So I … Continue reading Enabling the Unknown Member on a Dimension in SSAS.

Removing Windows.old folder in Windows 2012 R2

It turns out that all the tips for Windows 7 and 8 rely on assumptions that are not valid in Windows Server 2012. See here for some good Win 8 tips: Removing Windows.old from Windows 8 For Windows Server 2012, I eventually figured out this kludge to get rid of the 16GB Windows.old folder: Take … Continue reading Removing Windows.old folder in Windows 2012 R2

SQL Server 2014 Installation

Last week I upgraded our Development box to SQL Server 2014.  Since this was a clean Dev box I had the choice of upgrading from SQL Server 2012 or doing a remove-install.  I figured that rather than leave all the detritus of the prior installs and versions of Data Tools, I would do a remove-install. … Continue reading SQL Server 2014 Installation

BI Data Source – SSAS

Well now.  It turns out that PerformancePoint for SharePoint has quite a few nifty little features (after reading the help topics on the blank PerformancePoint site), but to work with it properly I need to have some data in a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) Cube.  Since we are still in the stone ages and … Continue reading BI Data Source – SSAS

On a Different Track

The other thing I am working on is presentation of BI data. Our current toolset is the Microsoft stack: SQL Server 2008 R2 (I know, I know, it's 2014 already, sheesh!) SSAS PowerPivot Excel 2010 (yes, it is 2014...  the wheels on the bus move a little slower here) SharePoint 2010 (I know again) PerformancePoint … Continue reading On a Different Track

Welcome to another new Era

I recently attended a Telerik webinar and won a 5 month free subscription to the new Telerik Platform! Woohoo! Today I activated the subscription and over the next few weeks I will be checking it out. My hope: to build a cross-platform Business Intelligence app/dashboard that works on iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Pad, and Win7 and 8 … Continue reading Welcome to another new Era