Alert feature in Microsoft SQL server is one of the prominent feature available in SQL server. Before we understand what Alert feature is and how to make use of the feature, first let us understand about basic meaning of Alert.
Alert is a warning or notification highlighted or notified to individual, group or other subsequent action for the predefined scenarios. Having alert system will keep away any of the future hazardous or hefty loss.
In SQL server Alert work similar as the Alert system available in any of the other systems available in other systems or process. To feel the alert system how it works you can consider the smartphones or any other mobile devices which through warning when there Is a low battery or any communication received.
As simple example earlier, SQL server alert system behaves the same way where it notifies the end user about any performance issues, Starting or stopping the process, intimating the end user through mail or other any communication methods.
SQL server Alert system is managed through SQL Server agent and SQL server agent should be up and running to make use of SQL server Alert System feature.
SQL Server Alert system can notify the end users through following communication methods.
Vertipaq is an engine which was found in Power Pivot for Analysis server in SQL Server 2008 R2. Basically, it is used for data compression. Data retrieval and calculations are happening at much faster rate as it holds the compressed data in memory. It is also called xVelocity and it has been added to SQL Server 2012. As a result, it is delivering very huge performance improvements for data warehouse and business intelligence solutions.
Columnstore index using this compression algorithm technology.
This algorithm using following compression techniques.
Check this link, for detailed information about VertiPaq Compression techniques.
Go through my previous article purpose of columnstore index.
Normally SQL Server stores the data in pages in a row based manner for tables (heaps) and B-tree indexes. This is the traditional approach and technically this is called “Row store”.
Column store is something like turning traditional storage model into 90 degrees. In this approach, all the values in single column will be in compressed form. Column store index stores each column in a separate set of disk pages which is different from the traditional storage format.
Let’s see an example,
|1 xyz Production|
|2 Robert Information Technology|
|3 Mary Sales|
|4 John Account|
|1 2 3 4|
|Xyz Robert Mary John|
|Production Information Technology Sales Account|
Column store index is more compressed than the row store. This can understand by seeing above examples. In row store format we have different data types involved in a single row (ID is Integer, Name is string, Department is string). Row store method trying to compress the different data type fields, but in column store, all the values in a same data type so it is easy to compress the data.
Data Compression percentage of column store is greater than the row store.
Check my previous post about introduction to Power BI before going through this article.
Creating a report and dashboards are very easy in Power BI by simply pointing to the correct data source.
Levels in Power BI,
1. Create a dataset
2. Create a report on top of above dataset
3. Create a dashboard – Just pin a charts to display in dashboard from report.
Power BI is an application which we can use in online as well as in desktop. The steps provided in my previous article (Link) is for online version of Power BI.
To download the desktop version, click here. It has more options compare than online version.
Power BI has gateways which helps to keep the data fresh by connecting the on-premises data sources. It provides the flexibility to individuals as well as organization.
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Power BI is one of the best visualization tool and it can be used by anyone. Initially this tool was available for office 365 SharePoint site. It was something like an add-on but now they have upgraded and it is available externally.
Power BI team from Microsoft has put their ideas and innovations to make this tool available to everyone and it is not required much technical knowledge to use.
There are lots of improvement has been taking place from day one of power BI by Microsoft power BI team.
Steps to Use Power BI
Nowadays, data being generated and captured across many devices, applications and services. Now every organization is tasked with storing massive amounts of data to accelerate their business growth success.
Using traditional tools to capture and process the data is very challenging and it is not going to be one time activity because all data users want to see continuous growth.
We have below issues while doing this task.
In many cases, so much of time elapsed between the time the query start executed and time to render the result.
To overcome the above issues, Microsoft SQL Server team worked on columnstore Index, which allow very large data set to be read quickly.
The performance of the columnstore index is far better than normal index. This has been introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.
There are many visualization tools available from different companies.
Microsoft always concentrates more on visualization tools because visual tools are going to play a major role in the future.
What is the use of visualization tools?
visualization tools to visualize and analyze the data in an easy way. In this digitized environment, we are producing data from different kinds of machines and gadgets which are not easy to process and understand. To understand those data, we need to process first and once we get proper format, then using visualization tools, we can able to understand.
Microsoft innovations are always awesome since those are very easy to learn and use. The most famous tool from Microsoft is office tools, in that Microsoft excel is the best which can be used from very basic users to advanced users.
In excel, Microsoft added a few more options in terms of visualization. Those options are,