We are very excited that the official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event is happening next week in London, UK on March 29 – 31, 2012. SQLBits X is the second largest dedicated SQL Server & BI conference in the world, run by UK MVPs and community leaders, drawing highly technical audience from across Europe. It is a fully packed three day event with amazing deep SQL Server content with over 70 breakout sessions and a great opportunity to network with SQL Server professionals. Quentin Clark, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for database systems, will deliver a 75-minute SQL Server 2012 demo packed keynote adventure.

If you are not able to attend SQLBits X next week, don’t worry the UK SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event is still available through June 30, 2012. You will be able to hear from Microsoft executives including Maurice Martin, Director of Server, Data and Cloud Platforms in Microsoft UK, and watch over 30 sessions to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, on your own schedule. The UK Virtual Launch Event is sponsored by 10 key UK partners:

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Altius Consulting is a leading Enterprise Performance Management and Business Intelligence consultancy specializing in Microsoft solutions. With over 18 years’ experience we design and build business-critical information systems to help businesses improve their Performance Management and Business Intelligence. Globally, we have bases in the United Kingdom, United States of America, and the Channel Islands. By improving their systems and processes, clients experience visible improvements to their knowledge management which help them to gain competitive advantages.

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From Electronic Prescribing through to Paperless Clinical Management and even Pharmacy robotic interfaces, Ascribe's breadth of integrated systems has been proven to help Trusts improve their efficiency and cut costs. Ascribe's clinical systems are robust and scalable, from departmental systems through to strategic enterprise-scale solutions. The company is a Microsoft Gold Partner.

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Black Marble is an established IT consultancy and custom development company which specializes in delivering innovative technology solutions on the Microsoft platform, and has developed a solid reputation for its clear and direct approach to solving complex business problems. Black Marble was the first UK Microsoft Partner to achieve the Gold competency in both: Portals and Collaboration and Application Lifecycle Management, as well as holding five Silver standard competencies (Content Management, Digital Marketing, Search, Software Development and Web Development).

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Blueprint helps organizations to make better use of a strategic resource: the data they own. We specialize in business intelligence, performance management and financial planning systems, and data warehouses. The systems we develop provide valuable insights by answering important business questions, ranging from the complex (such as ‘how profitable are our clients?’) to the deceptively simple (for example ‘how many people do we employ?’). Our performance management systems help organizations to measure progress from basic KPI monitoring and reporting to more sophisticated approaches such as 'Balanced Scorecards'.

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CONTEMPORARY is the UK Business Analytics operation of intelligence AG. CONTEMPORARY has long been recognized as a successful, tightly focused, business intelligence consultancy. Our top tier Microsoft Gold Business Intelligence Competency status and associated accreditations demonstrate our experience, our commitment to technical excellence and our track record of delivering outstanding client solutions. CONTEMPORARY’s single focus remains the provision of high value Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence consulting, training and support services.

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A Microsoft GOLD Data Platform partner, DSP Managed Services is a leading provider of SQL Server Consultancy and Managed Services for the Microsoft platform. DSP was one of the first Microsoft partners in the UK to achieve “GOLD Data Platform” competency and have held this for over 2 years, reflecting their continued investment in the Microsoft Partner Program and success in both demonstrating and delivering solutions in performance, scalability and availability for SQL Server enterprises.

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IMGROUP are a major provider of Information Management and Collaboration solutions with an excellent track record of delivering Business Intelligence, Data Integration, Data Warehousing, Performance Management, Portal, Collaboration, CRM and Cloud based solutions. Our innovation and ability to deliver solutions that solve complex information management problems has won us several highly coveted awards and industry recognitions including Microsoft’s Global Partner of the Year Award in Information Management Solutions for four consecutive years.

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Quantix, part of the Interoute group, is one of the UK’s premier providers of Managed Cloud Services, Application Managed Services and Hosted Infrastructure Solutions for Enterprises and Independent Software Vendors – a true Managed Cloud Services provider. Our secure, dependable platform and proven application expertise allows us to provision a wide portfolio of both hosted and on-premise application management services that can deliver considerable IT cost savings and de-risk technology investments.

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As Information Management experts Ridgian is committed to delivering business solutions coupled with a sensible use of technology and one of the major reasons our clients chose to work with us is in our long history and pedigree in delivering solutions across SharePoint, SQL Server, Business Intelligence and .NET. Our specialism is where the customers’ requirements span a number of these different technologies because we are not limited to one aspect or component of the Microsoft technology stack.

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Tagetik is 100% dedicated to simplifying and streamlining business processes for the Office of Finance to accelerate informed decisions that achieve strategic goals. Our award-winning Tagetik 4.0 Performance Management software is the ideal solution for global companies that seek a clearly superior level of financial expertise in a single unified solution for planning, forecasting, consolidation, close, reporting, profitability management, disclosure, governance, risk, compliance, and analysis. Tagetik’s deep finance expertise, innovation, and high satisfaction rates have been cited by leading analyst firms and Tagetik was named Microsoft ISV/Software Line of Business Partner of the Year for 2011.

Register today for SQLBits X and join us online for the UK SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event.

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