Career Change

  •   May 31, 2016

I started my SQL Server career almost 15 years ago. At the time the company I was working for was downloading AS/400 data into Access databases, and I was hired...

My First Podcast

Dave DuVarney   •   May 15, 2016

I’m very excited to share a podcast session hosted by Dave Kruse of Flyover Labs and Augment. Dave and I discussed Business Intelligence and the learnings I’ve gained over the years. Thanks again to Dave...

Foundational Data Warehouse – Analysis Phase

Jess Rabida   •   April 28, 2016

Previously, I blogged on the Foundational Data Warehouse Checklist, which should be used as a high-level reference when building a data warehouse. In the blogs to come I will be...

Reward Outweighing Risk – My First Year at a Start-Up

Molly Gallmeier   •   February 29, 2016

As I come to my almost one year anniversary at Talavant, I look back and first think about how fast the past year went! But then I also think about...

Foundational Data Warehouse Checklist

Jess Rabida   •   February 26, 2016

Regardless of what type of industry you work for there are common components that are essential while designing a data warehouse. The purpose of this blog is to create a...

Putting Together a Presentation

  •   February 22, 2016

You’ve submitted an abstract to speak at an event. Perhaps it’s a user group, perhaps it’s a SQL Saturday, or, maybe even the PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server) Summit....

Reconciling Your Differences – Part 1 – Data Reconciliation Framework

Rob Long   •   January 18, 2016

The Problem Some BI teams are looking for methods to schedule data tests, track success rates, and allow flexibility on source data (specifically multiple SQL instances). I’ve used tSQLt with...

Year One Wrap-Up

Dave DuVarney   •   January 4, 2016

As I start 2016, I wanted to reflect a bit on Talavant’s first year and how happy I am with where we are headed. Talavant officially launched on 1/1/2015 (maybe...

Agile – More Than a Stand-Up

Dave DuVarney   •   December 16, 2015

Recently I’ve had conversations and interviews with people that mention working in an Agile Scrum environment. When I drill a little deeper into how they operate, the standard answer seems...

Business First, Not Data First

Jess Rabida   •   May 24, 2015

I just read an article this morning talking about Big Data and a “Data First” approach to BI. I generally try not to deal in absolutes, but this one gets...

Setting Your Agile Sprint Length

Dave DuVarney   •   January 12, 2015

I have assisted several BI and non BI teams in establishing their Agile process. One of the common questions is “how long should our sprints be?” By the book, Agile...

Welcome to Talavant

Dave DuVarney   •   January 4, 2015

Welcome to the Talavant blog. I’ll be the first to admit that I am usually a little light when it comes to putting blogs together. However, I’m very excited at...

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