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  • Master Data Management Tools for SQL Server

    Andy McDonald - Oct 21, 2022

    Maintaining a “single source of truth” is critical for all organizations. There are many Master Data Management (MDM) tools out there to help achieve this. In this article, we’re going to look at some Master Data Management tools for SQL Server. Table of contents 1. Introduction 2. What is Master Data Management? 3. What are …

  • SQL Union: How to Combine Result Sets

    Andy McDonald - Sep 02, 2022

    This is the sixth in a series of articles aimed at introducing the basics of SQL to Excel users. This article shows how to combine data from one or more data sets using the SQL UNION operator. UNION is one of a number of ‘set operators’ in SQL that are used to join the results …

  • What is the equivalent of the IF THEN function in SQL?

    Andy McDonald - Aug 24, 2022

    This is the fifth in a series of articles aimed at introducing the basics of SQL to Excel users. This article shows how to use the IF THEN function in SQL. If you’re interested in the other articles, check them out here: Introduction to SQL for Excel Users What is the equivalent to VLOOKUP in …

  • What is the equivalent to VLOOKUP in SQL?

    Andy McDonald - Jul 14, 2022

    In this article, we’re going to show you how to perform the equivalent of Excel’s VLOOKUP in SQL.  This is the second of our articles aimed at teaching Excel users the basics of SQL. In our previous article “Introduction to SQL for Excel Users”, we introduced the JOIN statement, and here we’re going to expand …

  • Introduction to SQL for Excel Users

    Andy McDonald - Jul 04, 2022

    This is the first of several articles on SQL for Excel users.  The aim is to show you why it’s so useful for Excel users to be familiar with SQL and to introduce some basic concepts and queries. Table of contents 1. Why is it important to learn SQL? 2. What is SQL? 3. Getting …

  • Simple Data Validation in SQL

    Andy McDonald - Oct 24, 2021

    What is data validation in SQL and why is it important?  Data validation is a method for checking the accuracy and quality of data.  Information in databases is constantly being updated, deleted, queried, or moved by multiple people or processes, so ensuring that data is valid at all times is essential. In this article, we’re …

  • How to create Pivot Tables in SQL Server

    Andy McDonald - Oct 10, 2021

    In this article, we’re going to show you how to create pivot tables in SQL Server.  This is the third article aimed at teaching Excel users some basic SQL server queries, and how to mimic some of the main functions used in Excel. In a previous article we looked at the equivalent of Excel’s VLOOKUP …