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  • Blog Post: SQL Relay

    I am in the middle of SQL relay this week, but I just realised that you might like to have a copy of my Denali slide deck, which I have now posted to SkyDrive . You are welcome to have a look at it even if you couldn’t make one of the four venues I am presenting at this week, but there isn’t a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Installing Denali ctp3–how hard can it be

    l forget sometimes that installing SQL Server isn’t that straightforward, in part because it is now so much more than the database engine, that was SQL Server 7 when I started.  I also think its important that you understand the choices you are making when installing it although many of these can...
  • Blog Post: Performance Point Server 2007 Performance

    If you call your flagship business intelligence product Performance Point then it might be a good idea to make sure it performs! Because the product is essentially a suite of front end applications (which is why it's under the office umbrella) it is only going to be as good as what's behind it. At the...
  • Blog Post: Evangelism Evangelism Evangelism

    The IT Pro Evangelist team are all at a huge education event , BETT , this week. Viral , Steve , Eileen , James and me. We are there to give help and advice to the IT Pro's working in education, so we'll be taking a little longer to answer your comments and e-mails.  I have only had one question...
  • Blog Post: KPI confusion

    I saw a discussion the other having a go about the fact that it is possible to create KPIs in a number of Microsoft tools and how confusing that can be and I thought it would be good to understand why there is a choice at all.  Firstly the term KPI mans key performance indicator, I mention this...
  • Blog Post: NO SQL Server

    I spent last Thursday at Black Marble’s Architect Forum and my slot was on SQL, NoSQL, some SQL. It went down very well but I used OneNote on my tablet not PowerPoint and like all modern art my drawing needs a bit of explaining.. Databases were originally used to  store transactions which are highly...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services – a guest post by Jess Meats

    One of the capabilities of SQL Server is the ability to create and publish rich reports on your data. One of the capabilities of SharePoint Server is the ability to store, manage and provide a portal to documents. Those documents could be your reports. So you have one system letting you create reports...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Saturday

    User groups should be run and managed by Microsoft users, so I am really pleased to see SharePoint experts Tony Pounder, Brett Lonsdale and Mark Macrae , taking a lot of time and effort to run the first SharePoint Saturday in the UK. I have seen how successful SQLBIts has become and how it compliments...
  • Blog Post: BI and Enterprise Search

    Viral has working with and blogging about Search Server 2008 and how this can help to find stuff in the enterprise. I'm a BI evangelist so what can a search tool like those in Search Server and SharePoint do for me? It would be great if I could search through cubes and reports to answer questions...
  • Blog Post: Dashboard Decisions SharePoint or Performance Point?

    When it comes to dashboards, Microsoft’s business intelligence stack seems to have some overlap in it, so how can you decide what to use when? Dashboards are an overused term, so what I am talking about here is the ability to provide an interactive instrument panel for all or part of your business...
  • Blog Post: Gone Critical

    Many of us would associate the the term critical with the Register, so when I was asked by Tim Phillips their broadcast and commercial editor to join a discussion titled “Going Critical” I was a little nervous.  The title refers to some Register commissioned research by Andrew Buss at Freeform Dynamics...
  • Blog Post: Event Handling for the IT Professional

    My diary is solid for the next few weeks as there seem to be a lot of events on. This is good for me as the best bit of my job is swapping ideas and stories with like minded individuals, not to mention the odd lively debate.  I also get the impression that many of you enjoy this too and I often...
  • Blog Post: The Converging Paths of SQL Server and SharePoint

    SQL Server DBAs  don’t necessarily get SharePoint and SharePoint administrators (SPA?) often don’t know too much about SQL Server. Of course SQL Server is where SharePoint data gets stored so if SQL Server isn’t configured properly SharePoint will suffer.  In smaller organisation SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Volunteering with SharePoint 2010

    The voluntary sector is a actually quite similar to the rest of business it’s just that the profits are then used to drive the aims of the not for profit or charity rather than benefitting shareholders or partners. So the challenges of market share and operational efficiency are just as relevant...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Intelligence without SharePoint

    This might be a strange topic given that the release of SharePoint 2010 is just around the corner, but I wanted to respond to a couple of questions and debates I have been involved with in my temporary role in the partner team. I would like to start by going back to the early days of Microsoft BI, analysis...
  • Blog Post: New Kid on the Blog

    Viral Tarpara our latest IT Pro Evangelist and ranking new guy has now blogged his way onto Technet. His chosen specialist subject is the many Office components such as Sharepoint, Groove etc. For some bizarre reason Viral has left warm and sunny LA for Cool Britannia and as he was telling us at our...
  • Blog Post: Education education education at BETT 2010

    I have spent the last four days on the Microsoft stand at a huge education show (BETT 2010) to field technical questions on Windows 7 and Office 2010. I take my hat off to the IT Pro’s working in schools as they have to cope with all kinds of applications and hardware and usually there are only one or...
  • Blog Post: Performance Point Server - Counting the Cost

    I am ploughing through my inbox now I am not on the road anymore, and I have picked up quite a lot of flak around the costs of Performance Point.  I have passed specific queries on to the licensing guys, but the sort of thing I was getting both on-line and off-line form the TechNet road shows was...
  • Blog Post: Using Hyper-V to make a demo sandbox part 2

    Continuing from my last post about using Hyper-V for demos, I recognise that many people try and just create one VM with everything Microsoft BI rammed into it. Ram being the operative word as it’s RAM your most likely to be short of particularly on a laptop. If you want to run SQL Server (with all the...
  • Blog Post: 64 bit

    I have seen some comments on the tweet sphere about SharePoint 2010 only being available as a 64 bit application. I don’t have a problem with this for a number of reasons: SharePoint like SQL Server loves memory and as document sizes and the richness of content stored in SharePoint grows then 2/3Gb i...