Generating realistic sample data is often harder than you might think, and generating sample data that you can use for a successful data-mining demonstration requires even more planning. This article explores the process and presents guidelines for realistic sample data generation.
At first glance, calculating a baseline metric—an average of some measure over a specific period of time—appears to be a simple task. In reality, baseline metrics are slippery beasts, and not at all as simple as they appear.
Major changes to Business Intelligence (BI) features in SQL Server 2005 promise (or threaten) to alter the way you develop BI applications. Read this comparison article to find out what's changed and start planning today.