September 22, 2016

Four Ways the Cloud Can Help Identify and Adapt to Customer Trends

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It’s no longer good enough for a company to simply have a website. In fact, by 2017, the internet will play a role in 60% of all U.S. retail sales, either as direct e-commerce transactions or as part of a shopper’s research, according to a report by Forrester Research Inc.… Read More


October 21, 2014

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1

[Tutorial] Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1-01

Automating Data Cleaning and Validation with DQS and SSIS, Part 1   I have been doing some work with SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS) in preparation for SQL Saturday in Salt Lake City (https://www.sqlsaturday.com/349/eventhome.aspx ).  Part of my code demo involves validating addresses using MelissaData Address Check.  Address data… Read More


August 22, 2012

Windows Azure Virtual Machine Endpoints

Prior to June Windows Azure had been strictly a Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS, environment which presented numerous challenges to those interested in running their existing applications in Microsoft’s data centers. In working with a number of clients I often found that the effort and cost required to make existing applications capable… Read More


August 21, 2012

Windows Azure Lessons Learned – Running Multiple Web Sites

Having worked with the Windows Azure Platform since 2008 it’s easy to forget some of the initial hurdles I ran into and assume that others won’t have the same challenges. Of course, any time you assume anything you risk being wrong. Rather than assume you won’t run into the issues… Read More


August 20, 2012

Making Your Windows Azure SQL Database Even More Secure

The only secure computer is one that’s unplugged, locked in a safe, and buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location… and I’m not event too sure about that one. – Dennis Huges, FBI The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a… Read More