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SQL Server database design best practices and tips for DBAs

Good database design is a must to meet processing needs in SQL Server systems. In a webinar, consultant Koen Verbeeck offered advice on how to make that happen.

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  • database normalization

    Database normalization is intrinsic to most relational database schemes. It is a process that organizes data into tables so that results are always unambiguous.

  • T-SQL (Transact-SQL)

    T-SQL (Transact-SQL) is a set of programming extensions from Sybase and Microsoft that add several features to the Structured Query Language (SQL), including transaction control, exception and error handling, row processing and declared variables.

  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a managed Data Warehouse-as-a Service (DWaaS) offering provided by Microsoft Azure.

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SQL Server Administration

The Microsoft SQL Server administration topics page provides resources for the enterprise SQL Server community that include the latest topics on SQL Server performance and tuning, backup and recovery, security, installation and more. Browse the SQL Server administration subtopics below to discover the latest news and expert technical advice on how to get started with SQL Server and database administration, with basic tutorials and tips on database modeling and design. More experienced SQL Server users will also find advanced resources for keeping their databases running at peak performance with our collection of articles, webcasts and white papers.

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  • T-SQL (Transact-SQL)

    T-SQL (Transact-SQL) is a set of programming extensions from Sybase and Microsoft that add several features to the Structured Query Language (SQL), including transaction control, exception and error handling, row processing and declared variables.

  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)

    SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a SQL Server subsystem that enables the creation of graphical, mobile and printed reports using SQL Server and other data sources.

  • Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system, or RDBMS, that supports a wide variety of transaction processing, business intelligence and analytics applications in corporate IT environments

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SQL Server Development

The SQL Server database development topic page provides resources for the enterprise DB development community that include the latest topics on stored procedures, SQL and T-SQL, .NET and more. You'll also find expert advice on database modeling and design for Microsoft SQL Server, as well as tips on business intelligence (BI) strategies and data warehousing. Browse the Microsoft SQL Server development subtopics below to discover the latest news, expert technical advice and more.

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  • database normalization

    Database normalization is intrinsic to most relational database schemes. It is a process that organizes data into tables so that results are always unambiguous.

  • database (DB)

    A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated.

  • data structure

    A data structure is a specialized format for organizing, processing, retrieving and storing data.

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SQL Server Management Issues

The Microsoft SQL Server management issues topics page provides resources for enterprise database managers including topics on SQL Server migration strategies and licensing considerations. You'll also find details on SQL Server virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V and database consolidation. Browse the SQL Server management issues subtopics below to discover the latest news, expert technical advice, reference and white papers.

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  • Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system, or RDBMS, that supports a wide variety of transaction processing, business intelligence and analytics applications in corporate IT environments

  • Community Technology Preview (CTP)

    The Community Technology Preview (CTP) is an early version of a Microsoft product that is released to testers during the software development process. Microsoft releases several CTPs for each product, adding new features, updating pre-existing ones and fixing bugs with each release.

  • SQL Server 2014

    SQL Server 2014 is relational database management system (RDBMS) designed for the enterprise environment.

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SQL Server Platforms

The SQL Server platform topics page provides resources for the enterprise database administration and development community covering the last three releases of Microsoft SQL Server: 2000, 2005 and 2008. Here you'll find details on the features, enhancements, service packs and upgrades for SQL Server 2005 and 2008, plus valuable advice for using Microsoft's legacy database management system, SQL Server 2000. Browse the SQL Server platform subtopics below to discover the latest news, expert technical advice and more.

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  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse

    Azure SQL Data Warehouse is a managed Data Warehouse-as-a Service (DWaaS) offering provided by Microsoft Azure.

  • relational database

    A relational database is a set of formally described tables from which data can be accessed or reassembled in many different ways without having to reorganize the database tables.

  • Microsoft SQL Server

    Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system, or RDBMS, that supports a wide variety of transaction processing, business intelligence and analytics applications in corporate IT environments

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BI and Data Warehousing

The need for organizations to have sound business intelligence and data warehousing solutions is becoming more critical by the day. Microsoft has recognized this by adding several SQL Server Business Intelligence (BI) enhancements to the latest editions of its database management system, SQL Server. From seasoned business intelligence tools like SQL Server Analysis Services and Reporting Services, to important add-ons like SQL Server Business Intelligence Studio and Visual Studio, to brand new features like Master Data Services, there is plenty terms of business intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server. This topic page provides links to tutorials, news and other resources on data warehousing and business intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server environments. Here you'll find information on the latest BI features from Microsoft and third-parties, along with advice on implementation strategies, data visualization techniques, and more.

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  • pivot table

    A pivot table is a statistics tool that summarizes and reorganizes selected columns and rows of data in a spreadsheet or database table to obtain a desired report.

  • database (DB)

    A database is a collection of information that is organized so that it can be easily accessed, managed and updated.

  • data warehouse

    A data warehouse is a federated repository for all the data collected by an enterprise's various operational systems, be they physical or logical.

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