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  • re: FLAS

    Adam, I was thinking Four Letter Acronym with FLA being singular and FLAS being plural. ETLA is probably better than FLA or FLAS. I'm still looking for the perfect 4 letter acronym for the class of four letter acronyms.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 27, 2016
  • FLAS

    The information technology field is full of obfuscation. There are many three letter acronyms, including the meta three letter acronym TLA. Now in the era of Big Data and Cloud, we have four letter acronyms, what I call FLAS, two of which are HTAP and ACID. People have asked me what these are, so here is an explanation. ACID has a new meaning. No ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on November 8, 2016
  • Role Based Access Control in Azure

    From talking to customers and people new to Azure SQL Database, it is apparent that many people are unaware of how Role Based Access Control (RBAC) in Azure affects Azure SQL Database. Last week I gave a presentation on this at SQL Saturday and discussed it with customers at the SQL PASS Summit. This post is a brief summary and provides links to ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on October 30, 2016
  • Big Data V’s

    Originally there were three Vs of Big Data. Doug Laney introduced Volume, Velocity, and Variety as the three Vs of data management in 2001 when he worked for the Meta Group, which was purchased by Gartner in 2005. He did not use the term Big Data in his 2001 publication. IBM uses the same three Vs and added a fourth B of Veracity no later than ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on September 30, 2016
  • re: In The Cloud: Manually Migrating a Hyper-V VM to Azure

    I recommend visiting the Microsoft site at to obtain the latest and greatest instructions.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on July 19, 2016
  • re: SQL Server 2016 Polybase Services stuck in Change Pending state

    I wish I would have spelled my name correctly.
  • Using SSMS in Customer Presentations

    When using SSMS with a projector or very large screen HDTV, there are several customizations to make things easier to read for the people in the back of the room. First lets look at a screen capture of SSMS without any customizations. Figure 1. SSMS with default settings. Do you really need the Properties pane during a presentation? Probably ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on June 27, 2016
  • BI Beginner: Using Power BI Desktop Instead of Excel for Visualizing Big Data

    Excel is a great tool but Power BI offers more in the realm of visualization. The 64-bit version of Excel is better at processing large files than the 32-bit version, but even it has limitations. Power BI Desktop (BI as in Business Intelligence) is a free alternative to Excel for working with large files and Big Data. It is possible to enable the ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on June 2, 2016
  • Use AutoCorrect in Word to Prevent SQL Sever

    Too often I see SQL Server misspelled as SQL Sever. You can easily prevent this by using AutoCorrect in Word. Start by clicking on File. Figure 1. Click on File in Word. Next, click on Options. Figure 2. Click on Options. On the Word Options dialog box, select Proofing and then click the AutoCorrect Options button. Figure 3. Click the ...
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on May 7, 2016
  • re: Aggregating Aggregates and UNION vs. UNION ALL

    Readers who need specific help should go to MSDN forums for SQL Server or Stack Exchange.
    Posted to John Paul Cook (Weblog) by John Paul Cook on April 4, 2016
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