Installing SQL Server Data Tools BI (and unattended install)
20 Mar 2015

About SQL Server Data Tools Have you ever tried Microsoft Business Intelligence using Analysis Services, SQL Reporting Services or even SSIS? If the answer is yes, you need to have SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence installed. Now most people would think that’s easy because you can install it as part of the SQL Server Management tools right? Unfortunately it isn’t, you’ll find it right here in the installer under: How to get SQL Server Data Tools – Business […]

My first attempt on a #Tableau dashboard embedded in my blog
15 Mar 2015

Well, I’ve done a lot of visualizations with Power BI, and pretty sure a lot of people out there are using Tableau based on the very well attended Tableau event I attended about a week ago in Seattle. One of the cool features that was re-emphasized was the broad use of Tableau Public to bring rich data visualizations that can be used to display and embed interactive visualizations directly within a blog article. So it was about time that I […]

Quickblog: Is my Excel 2013 32bit or 64-bit?
11 Mar 2015

If you get close to Power BI or having to install Power Query, you probably have asked yourself the question: “Is my Excel 2013 32bit or 64bit?” Here is a very quick way to find out: Open a blank or existing workbook in Excel Click on File | Account When the following screen displays click on About Excel And there it shows, if you have 64bit, it will show exactly where marked. Now the tricky part is, you thought Office […]

So, what’s your Data Strategy?
09 Mar 2015

Introduction Working with customers over the past many years, the question of Data Architecture and Data Strategy has come up a lot. ‘What should my data strategy be?’ or ‘How do I go around creating a Data Strategy or a Data Architecture and what are some of the critical elements of a Data Architecture?’ Let me address some of those questions and the importance of having a well-defined Data Strategy and a Data Architecture. First and foremost, why do you […]

Welcome to DB Best: Dandy Weyn
19 Feb 2015

DB Best is very excited to announce that Dandy Weyn has joined our team as a Director of Business Development and Strategy. Dandy comes to us from Nordstrom where he supported a team of database and business intelligence professionals. Prior to that Dandy worked at Microsoft as a Technical PM on SQL Server, Data Warehousing and Microsoft Business Intelligence. Combined with many years as an international consultant and trainer, he offers a unique combination of deep technical skills, extensive industry […]

News from our R&D Lab: Video Transitioning
11 Feb 2015

A video transition is a technique used in the post-production process of video editing by which frames are combined. Most commonly, this is through a normal cut to the next scene. Most videos will also include selective use of other transitions, usually to convey a tone or mood, suggest the passage of time, or separate parts of the story. These other transitions may include crossfading, wiping, scaling etc. ‘Video Transitioning’ is a prototype of an app for iOS, which is […]

DB Best at S4 Microsoft Solution Specialist Sales Summit
10 Feb 2015

Last week was marked by one of the most fascinating and educational semi-annual tech events – Microsoft S4 summit, which took place in Bellevue, WA last week. It was an invitation only event that had a high concentration of like-minded companies, Microsoft specialist sales and sales management community in particular. DB Best was proud to be a co-sponsor of the event. We were happy to support Microsoft in increasing solution and value selling skills through this unique collaborative and experiential […]

Portfolio Spotlight: a Fascinating Ann Siggard’s CookBook App for iOS users
10 Feb 2015

Big shout out to all you food lovers! Introducing the new Ann Siggard’s Cookbook App – with this app you’d be able to execute even the most challenging recipes! Searching for recipes has never been so easy. Our custom development team created an iOS application which comprises three hundred of different recipes by Ann Siggard. The app serves as a collection of great recipes which are always handy. It works without a server, in other words there is a local […]

SQL Server, SQL Azure, Windows Server: ISV Upgrade Workshops Delivered by DB Best for Microsoft
27 Jan 2015

We are excited to announce that DB Best/Microsoft partnership brings on a new series of workshops on SQL Server, SQL Azure and Windows Server upgrades for companies specializing in making and/or selling software. These workshops are a part of the ISV Upgrade program initiated by Microsoft Corporation to educate software companies about the new and improved capabilities of Microsoft Data Platform, and help them upgrade their applications to support Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft SQL Server 2014, and Microsoft SQL […]

News from our R&D Lab: Sony SmartWatch App & SDK
27 Jan 2015

As the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2015) has demonstrated, 2015 will be a year of wearables. The amount of manufacturers who are entering this market is enormous and keeps growing. The public awareness and consumer demand for smartwatches and other wearable gadgets is booming, and as Shawn DuBravac, a chief economist with the U.S. Consumer Electronics Association, has stated:  10.5 million smartwatches would be shipped this year in the U.S. only. Smart devices is THE trend today in a […]