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Tim Kent

Tim is the joint owner of Adatis, a specialist Microsoft Business Intelligence Consultancy based in the UK.  He has been working with SQL Server and in particular the BI stack for more than 10 years.  He specialises in Analytics, Reporting and data visualisation techniques and campaigns frequently against the use of pie charts!  Tim was first awarded the MVP for SQL server in 2009
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The What and Why of Apache Spark on Azure HDInsight 07 Jun 2016
Big data i.e. that which ticks the 3V’s (volume, velocity and variety) boxes, has been around forever in the world of engineering and since the days of the exciting Human Genome Project completed in April 2003.  Then I was a fairly new BI developer, and almost did a career switch into ...

The Cloud BI Transition: Warehouse of the Future Talk 27 May 2016
While we wait for the SQLBits XV videos to be published, I actually gave the same talk back in March for the London PASS Chapter MeetUp. If you were unfortunate enough to miss both talks, or happened to steal a quick nap mid-way through, the recording can be found here. I wrote up a quick ...

The Cloud BI Transition: ETL & Data Movement in the Cloud 25 May 2016
The cloud warehouse is a different beast to the on-premise systems most of us have been using for the past decade. These times, they are a changing. I’ve talked about the key concepts that we, at Adatis, see as core to this new world here, but how does this work in practice? To start us off, the ...

How SQL Server 2016 handles JSON 20 May 2016
Inspired by a project I recently worked on, I decided to write a short post on a subject many people will find useful, that is how SQL Server 2016 handles JSON. This post shows also some simple examples of how SQL Server 2016 can query and extract values from JSON strings.  1 - About JSON ...

Query Parameters in Power Query – Part 1 18 May 2016
A new feature has recently been added into Power Query – called Query Parameters.  This was actually released to Power BI as part of May 2016’s update. So what is a Query Parameter?  For anyone familiar with Microsoft Reporting Services, it has pretty much the same functionality as a ...