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What's new in Analysis Services 2012 versus 2008 R2

Posted by Andy Brown on 19 December 2014

If you're creating multidimensional models (as you probably will be), Analysis Services has barely changed between versions 2008 R2 and 2012 - and the small differences are mostly in the favour of the older version. This blog plays spot-the-difference between Analysis Services 2008 R2 and 2012.

A detailed blog exploring what's new in SSIS 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 November 2014

If you're wondering whether to upgrade to Integration Services 2012, or just want to know what differences there are between SSIS 2008 R2 and 2012, this blog should help you!

Tags:   SSIS | General SSIS    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSIS 2012

How to use the LAG and LEAD functions included in SQL Server 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 20 September 2013

SQL Server 2012 introduces new functions to find the previous or subsequent value for a row, without using a complicated self-join. This blog explains how to use LAG and LEAD, including partitioning row sets.

Tags:   SQL | Calculations    |    SQL Server 2012 | SQL 2012    |    T-SQL | New features

Differences between SSRS 2008 R2 and 2012 for Excel render format

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 June 2013

This blog shows how to conditionally hide, display or format parts of a report according to its render format (ie whether you're viewing it in Excel or not). The method used is slightly different between 2008 R2 and 2012.

Tags:   SSRS | Expressions    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSRS 2012

Create a calendar table for PowerPivot or Analysis Services in SQL Server

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2013

This blog includes the SQL script to generate a table of calendar dates for linking to from within PowerPivot or an Analysis Services tabular model.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    PowerPivot 2010 | Calendar    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSAS 2012

New in SQL 2012 - code snippets and surrounding code

Posted by Andy Brown on 15 May 2012

In a previous blog on new features of SQL 2012, I missed out the ability to insert code snippets, and also to embed or surround code in an IF, BEGIN or WHILE block. This blog rectifies this!

Tags:   SQL | General    |    SQL Server 2012 | SQL 2012    |    T-SQL | New features

New features for SQL within SQL Server 2012

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 May 2012

SQL 2012 has 14 new functions, a new FileTable construct and new ways to sequence and fetch records - as this blog explains.

Tags:   SQL | General    |    SQL Server 2012 | SQL 2012    |    T-SQL | New features

SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 versus 2008 R2

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 May 2012

SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 (SSRS 2012) has been completely rewritten (it's now called SQL Server Data Tools), and yet looks strangely familiar. This blog explains the new features introduced.

Tags:   SSRS | General    |    SQL Server 2012 | SSRS 2012
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