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  • Blog Post: Are you ready to launch...

    Well, we're into the final few days before the first event on the SQL/Visual Studio Launch tour. Mark Relph has been busy blogging and has a couple of posts you should really read: Sneak Peak at the software (Yes we are giving away software) Blog about the tour and win prizes Wear your...
  • Blog Post: SBS Usergroup Tour - hosted by SBS MVP’s

    Small Business Server MVPs invite resellers and consultants who want to understand solutions for small business customers to join together for an evening of presentations and discussion. Each of the SBS MVPs appearing on this tour is an experienced resellers and a community leader. Agenda: - Using...
  • Blog Post: Financial Services - SQL Server Reporting Services Session

    Thanks to everyone that came out to today's SQL Server Reporting Services Technical Overview. It was great to see so many people in attendance. As promised, here are the links that I put up at the end of the presentation: This session's page on Technet: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tnt1-105 SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all that attended the SQL Server 2005 Technical Overview session. Here are a couple of URL's that I mentioned during the session. SQL Server 2005 : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2005/ SQL Reporting Services : http://www.microsoft.com/sql/reporting/ March 3rd Press Release : http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Tour - Edmonton and Winnipeg

    Last week I had the opportunity to visit both Edmonton and Winnipeg as part of the TechNet Innovations tour and User Group Tour. I had the opportunity to meet lots of great IT Pro's and answer lots of questions. For both the Edmonton Microsoft User Group and Winnipeg IT Pro User Group we had a great...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of Free Software

    For those of you that have asked questions about whether we will be handing out software at the Canadian launch events, Mark Relph has just written about this on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/mark_relph/archive/2005/10/28/486419.aspx Enjoy, Tags: [ Microsoft ] [ SQLServer ] [ Launch2005 ]...
  • Blog Post: Expand your knowledge tour

    Well, the first week of the tour is complete, and I'm just sitting at the airport waiting to fly out to Calgary. Bill Hilf and I have already completed 3 cities, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. I'm heading out west to visit Calgary and Vancouver on this leg of the Tour. If you attended the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Are you interested in Supply Chain Management?

    If you're going to be in the Greater Toronto Area, and are interested in Supply Chain Management, I'll be speaking at the Third Annual Symposium on Supply Chain Management at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel on Thursday September 29th . The title of the session is: Enhancing Business-to-Business Integration...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - Business Activity Monitoring and Business Intelligence

    Thanks to all that attended the BAM and BI session last night. Also, thanks to Scott Cairney from Cactus Commerce . For more information about BizTalk Server 2004 head over to: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/default.mspx For more information about SQL Server 2005 take a look at: http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Are you attending the launch? Are you blogging about it?

    Are you planning on attending the SQL/VS/BizTalk Launch ? Are you planning on blogging about it? If you are, you may want to add your blog to the TechNet Event Bloggers site ( http://techneteventsbloggers.net ). As I mentioned in a previous post , you may also want to consider tagging those posts. ...
  • Blog Post: Tag the Launch

    Are you blogging about the joint SQL Server / Visual Studio / BizTalk launch this November? If you are, you might want to consider tagging your blog posts to make it easy to search for anything "Launch 2005" related. Simply tag your posts with Launch2005 by adding the following somewhere in your...
  • Blog Post: TechVibes Follow-up

    Thanks to all that came out to see my presentation (Windows in an Open Source World) at the TechVibes Massive 2005 event. It was great to have a full room and lots of great questions and discussion. For more information on what Microsoft is doing in the Shared Source space check out http://www.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Readiness Labs

    Be one of the first technology professionals to take advantage of the SQL Server 2005 readiness labs! Organizations today are facing several unique data challenges: the proliferation of data and systems across their enterprise; the need to provide employees, customers, and partners with consistent access...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2005 - Business Intelligence Podcast

    Here is the first of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 8th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Toronto. If you were not able to attend the Delivering Business Intelligence Session, download the mp3 version to hear what you missed. The session runs about an hour...
  • Blog Post: Services for UNIX session at KW Linux User Group

    Thanks to the Kitchener-Waterloo Linux User Group ( KWLUG ) for allowing me to come out and present on Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) at your monthly meeting. For those people that want to learn more about SFU there are a couple of websites that you may want to take a look at. The main...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 - Coming to a city near you

    The Technet and MSDN teams have teamed up for this tour to bring you a day full of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 presentations and demos. We will be kicking off the tour in Ottawa on June 2nd and will be heading out to 4 other cities after that. The day is going to split into two halves....
  • Blog Post: Rock the Launch

    Let the fun begin. As Mark posted earlier today , the Launch activities are underway. I have posted a few behind the scenes and setup photos to the flickr group ( rss ), and hope to post more as the day unfolds. Remember, get spotted wearing old launch gear, and you could win a prize. ...
  • Blog Post: Kick Back, Relax, Play some XBox

    As an IT Manager or IT Professional you probably spend a lot of time under pressure at work. So when the time comes to relax you probably want to make the most of it. So as a test, we want to find out if you are interested in getting together (virtually) every couple of weeks to interact with the...
  • Blog Post: Register for VSLive! Toronto and Save 10%

    For all the developers out there - register for VSLive! Toronto ( http://www.ftponline.com/conferences/vslive/2005/to/ ) and enter priority code JEANS to get a 10% discount on your registration fees. The event runs April 13th-16th, 2005 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. VSLive! Toronto 2005 will...
  • Blog Post: On Tour with SQL Server 2005

    It's about 3:30 on a Sunday afternoon and I'm sitting in my hotel room in Vancouver overlooking a very foggy harbour. We've completed four of the ten cities on this cross Canada tour. So far, we have been to Toronto , Ottawa , Edmonton , and Victoria . This week we are in Vancouver and then Calgary...
  • Blog Post: Vista Beta 1 Install Fest - Photos and interviews

    This past Saturday one of my colleagues - Bruce Cowper - hosted a Vista Beta 1 Install Fest at the Microsoft office in Mississauga. I was there to help out as well as document the event. If you were at the event and are looking for the photos that I was taking, head over to: http://www.flickr.com...
  • Blog Post: Canadian Launch Tour 2005 Blog

    The Canadian Launch Team here at Microsoft has put together a blog where we can publish all thing related to the upcoming SQL Server 2005 / Visual Studio 2005 / BizTalk Server 2006 Launch. Take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005/ . Over the next few weeks as we get closer to...
  • Blog Post: Technet Monthly - BizTalk Server 2004 Technical Overview

    Thanks to all who came out to the BizTalk 2004 Technical Overview. Here are a couple of URL's that you may find useful. BizTalk Server 2004: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/ BizTalk Adapters: http://www.microsoft.com/biztalk/evaluation/adapter/default.asp Specifically there were some questions about...
  • Blog Post: TNX: TechNet Exchange Event (Toronto)

    WOW! What an amazing event . I spent most of today in the John Bassett theatre at the Metro Toronto Convention Center watching Damir and Rick deliver an excellent set of sessions on Communicating and Collaborating. For anyone out there that was unable to attend the session, and is looking into mobility...
  • Blog Post: Launch 2005 - Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Podcast

    Here is the second of the Launch 2005 audio recordings. This was recorded live on November 17th as part of the Launch 2005 activities in Victoria. If you were not able to attend the Managing and Monitoring SQL Server 2005 Session, download the mp3 version to hear what you missed. The session runs...