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Working with Oracle on Windows Azure

Blog: Working with Oracle on Windows Azure

As you have likely noticed in my series, Oracle Tips for MSBI Devs, I have done a lot of work with Oracle through the years while delivering BI solutions. One of the pain points of working with Oracle in development is setting up an Oracle development server.

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Magenic Practice Lead Steve Hughes Pens New Book

Blog: Magenic Practice Lead Steve Hughes Pens New Book

As a practice lead of server products at Magenic, there’s no one better at business intelligence and data solutions than Steve Hughes. Steve has consulted on countless SQL Server engagements throughout his almost 15 years at Magenic. A certified expert on all things SQL, Steve recently teamed up with Baya Dewauld and Paul Turley to coauthor a new book, SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 Cube Development Cookbook.

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Managing Subscription Failures in SSRS

Blog: Managing Subscription Failures in SSRS

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a mature product from Microsoft that has been implemented in every environment that I have ever worked in with SQL Server in place. Microsoft’s newer “Power” offerings are sure to replace SSRS in the future, but adoption rates for the “Power” offerings and the current flexible rendering and delivery features available in SSRS will keep this tool running on corporate servers for the next few years at least.

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Magenic Uses SSRS to Save a Client Time and Money

Magenic Uses SSRS to Save a Client Time and Money

In this Magenic case study, one of the country’s major healthcare solutions providers was encountering high licensing fees from a third-party provider. Not wanting to increase rates for their users, the client engaged Magenic to migrate over 65 reports using SQL Server Reporting Services and implement an open source HL7 messaging system.

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Custom Application Development: Still Vital?

Custom Application Development: Still Vital?

We here at Magenic can’t stress the value of custom application development enough because that’s what we do. Makes sense. However, we occasionally hear that there’s no need for custom software with so many packaged options on the market. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Microsoft BI – Power to the User

BI Power to the Users

This past month, Microsoft announced Power BI for Office 365. With this announcement, Microsoft has finally started to bring their BI strategy into a clearer focus. With the “Power” branding it is now easier to identify the user-focused tools for business intelligence or, as they say in their marketing, “Self-service Business Intelligence for all your data.”

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Magenic has Released a New Case Study

Turf Maintenance Case Study

Magenic just released a new case study detailing a large project for an industry-leading turf maintenance equipment manufacturer. The client’s ecommerce site was dealing with too much overhead and poor user experience.

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The Changing World of BI: Leading with Microsoft Excel – A New White Paper from Magenic

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“Business intelligence (BI) is a continually changing landscape. In-memory analysis tools are maturing rapidly, and business users are more technically savvy and demanding of control of information. In the Microsoft Office suite, Excel and Access have been the tools of choice for these business users, while BI experts have rejected these solutions as difficult to control, and not enterprise grade.

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Microsoft Simplicity Strategy

Microsoft Simplicity Strategy

Recently, at the PASS Business Analytics Conference, Microsoft announced their new strategy for Business Intelligence. They summed it up with a single word – Simplicity. This was an exciting announcement as Business Intelligence has long been the wild west of development and often utterly chaotic.

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Master Data Services Overview

Master Data Services Overview

Master Data Management solutions provide a central repository within an organization for non-transactional data. In other words, it’s where you can centrally manage one single source of data that will feed the rest of your organization. Benefits include having one consistent source of data across organizational units, as well as providing a high level of data quality. This sounds like a tall order so let's take a look at how this can be accomplished.

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