Received Trendsetter Award from

It’s a proud moment as I unpack my package from containing the award and a couple of t-shirts. Feeling Excited, Honored, Proud, and Happy :-)

The awards were announced few weeks ago on Recognizing the Authors.

I have been writing for since November 2011 and I get inspired more and more every time my article is published. It’s so much fun and pleasure to give back to the community which helped me to learn and grow and become what I am today!

I dedicate this award to all the readers of My Tips on MSSQLTips, My Blog, and My Well Wishers, Friends, Colleagues, and all the people out there who inspire me each time and every time. This is for all of You Guys…!!!

I would like to convey my special thanks to Jeremy Kadlec and Greg Robidoux. It would not have been possible to achieve this milestone without their continued support, encouragement, and constructive feedback.

Looking forward to many more exciting years ahead and to reaching my next milestone (Rising Star).

Here are few snaps…






Thank you :-)


Posted by on April 1, 2014 in About Me


Big Data Basics – Part 4 – Introduction to HDFS

In this 4th part of the Big Data Basics Series, let us take a look at one of the important components of Hadoop Ecosystem – HDFS.

HDFS stands for Hadoop Distributed File System. HDFS is primarily responsible for storage in Hadoop. In this post, we will cover the following aspects of HDFS:

  • Few Key Concepts
  • Architecture of HDFS
  • When to Use HDFS (HDFS Use Cases)
  • When Not to Use HDFS

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Big Data Basics – Part 4 – Introduction to HDFS.


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Big Data Basics – Part 3 – Overview of Hadoop

In the Part 1 & Part 2 of the Big Data Basics series, we saw an Introduction to Big Data and got a high level overview of Big Data Architecture. In this third part, at a high level, we will look at the Hadoop framework.

We will cover the following topics in this post:

  • Introduction to Hadoop
  • History of Hadoop
  • Architecture of Hadoop
  • Characteristics of Hadoop
  • Hadoop Use Cases (When to Use Hadoop)
  • When Not to Use Hadoop

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Big Data Basics – Part 3 – Overview of Hadoop.


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Big Data Basics – Part 2 – Overview of Big Data Architecture

In the previous post, we saw an Introduction to Big Data. In this post, let’s take a look at the following aspects of Big Data:

  • Architecture – Traditional vs. Modern (Next Generation Architecture) / Big Data Architecture
  • Few Big Data Use Cases
  • Reasons for Adoption of Big Data technologies

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Big Data Basics – Part 2 – Overview of Big Data Architecture.


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Happy New Year 2014

Last year has been a great year especially for folks in the BI world with Big Data and other related technologies gaining popularity and growing adoption. I am very happy that I did a couple of sessions on Big Data and also started writing a series of articles on Big Data. It has been a great year with some of my resolutions met and some to be met in this new year 2014. Here is how last year looked like.

Community Activities

Took Trainings/Session on the following Topics

  • Big Data
  • T-SQL Programming
  • Tuning & Optimization

Blogged about the following Topics

  • Business Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • SQL Server
  • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
  • Power Pivot for Excel
  • Power Query for Excel (Previously called as Data Explorer)


Blog Statistics

  • # of Followers: 250+
  • # of Likes on Facebook Page: 90+
  • # of Blog Posts for 2013: 20+
  • # of Page Views for 2013: 50K+
  • Visitors from 160 different countries

I could not blog sufficiently in 2013 due to tight schedule and travel to customer locations etc. I will try my best to improve upon the blogging frequency in this new year.

Thank You All

Finally, I would like to THANK YOU ALL for your encouragement through various modes of communication (Blog, Email, Social Media, Offline, and more). It helps me stay motivated and continue sharing the knowledge.

Happy New Year 2014

Here’s wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year..!!
May you have a Wonderful, Successful, Fun Filled, and Fabulous Year Ahead..!!


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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in About Blog


Big Data Basics – Part 1 – Introduction to Big Data

Big Data has been a buzz word for quite some time now and it is catching popularity faster than pretty much anything else in the technology world. In this first part of the Big Data Basics Series, let us understand what this buzz word is all about, what is its significance, why you should care about it, and a lot more.

I will go over the following aspects of Big Data in this post:

  • What is Big Data?
  • Evolution of Data and/or Big Data: How data has evolved over ages?
  • Characteristics of Big Data: When do we say it’s Big Data?
  • Sources of Big Data: What are the different sources which constitute Big Data
  • Formats of Data: What are the most common data formats that business deal with today
  • Big Data Statistics: Few statistics from the Big Data world

To continue reading, catch the full article here: Big Data Basics – Part 1 – Introduction to Big Data.


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Big Data Basics

Big Data has been a buzz word for quite sometime and as many others in the industry, I have also been catching up on this latest technology and did a session on Big Data in January this year to a technical group within my organization. Ever since I did the presentation, I wanted to write-up a series of posts to explain the basics of Big Data in my words, but due to busy schedule, could not really write it.

Finally, on public demand, I have started working on a series of posts and here comes the series on Big Data Basics. I will be posting a series of posts in the coming weeks and will add a link to those posts here. Till then, stay tuned!


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