December 2009

Numbers Lie

The Numbers Don’t Lie… Except When They Do

There are few things more reassuring for a data professional than having clean, consistent data to back up critical business decisions.  The numbers don’t lie, or so they say.  But can the right data lead to wrong conclusions?  Sadly, yes, and I suspect that it happens more often than we’d like to admit. Recently, as part of a large hospital…


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Upcoming Speaking Engagements for December 2009

Next week, I have the honor of presenting two different sessions on SSIS.  These 2 events are the last speaking engagements on my calendar for this year: On Monday, December 14 at 11:30 CST, I’m presenting a SQL Lunch session to discuss looping logic in SSIS using the For Loop and the For Each Loop.  This will be a working…


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Electronic Health Records – What’s the Big Deal? (Part 3)

In the previous post in this series, I discussed the obstacles to implementing electronic health data systems.  Because of these obstacles, many providers are resistant to replacing their paper-based “databases” with true EHR systems.  But assuming the best case scenarios, that all healthcare providers and vendors convert from paper (or quasi-paper) to digital, that still  doesn’t fully solve the problem…


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BIDN.com Launch Today

For those interested in the SQL Server BI space, there is a new online resource launching today.  Brian Knight and my friends over at Pragmatic Works have released the Business Intelligence Developer Network, a virtual community of business intelligence professionals.  You’ll find discussion forums, blogs, articles, a file/script sharing repository, and a community event calendar.  All resources are free, though…