SQL Server 2005 launches worldwide on November 7.  That's less than 4 weeks away!!

In Canada we start the country-wide tour on November 8 with our first stop in Toronto.  We will then take the launch on the road with stops in Ottawa, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and Winnipeg (in that order).  If you have not yet signed up to attend the SQL Server 2005 Launch Event in your city do it now by going to the Canadian Launch web site at http://www.microsoft.ca/launch2005.  Seats are filling up quickly.  You don't want to miss hearing all about SQL Server 2005.  Sessions that may be in your city include:

Managing and deploying SQL Server 2005: Learn about new enhancements in SQL Server 2005 including increased scalability and performance, and tighter security controls. Find out how new manageability features in SQL Server 2005 make it easier to deploy and manage both small and large scale deployments. Take a peek at new development options including SQLCLR, XML, and SOAP.

SQL Server 2005: delivering business insight: Learn how SQL Server 2005 can help you get the right information, to the right people at the right time with new analytic features including SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), SQL Server Analysis Services, and SQL Server Reporting Services. Leverage the power of an integrated Business Intelligence platform to help you deliver timely information in a scalable manner to your end users.  This session will take you through getting data into your database with SSIS, Generating KPI's with Analysis Services, and creating reports with SQL Server Reporting Services.

Building scalable, highly available databases with SQL Server 2005: Learn about the new features that make SQL Server 2005 the most highly available version of SQL Server to date. As databases get larger and become more and more important to the business, the availability of databases and data access becomes more and more important.  In this session, we will look at some of the new features that allow you to keep the database online and available even while performing maintenance, such as rebuilding indexes.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!