SQL & BI

This is a blog around all topics related to Data Management (SQL & BI). I hope to provide updates from Microsoft, info on the marketplace, what the competition are up to, Partner activity and anything that I see that might be of interest to others!

SQL & BI

  • Whats more significant than Vista and Office?

    I'll tell you .......Microsoft Expression Web!! Review: Microsoft's Expression Web—which rivals leader Dreamweaver on many levels—could be a more significant release than even Vista and Office 2007. eWEEK Dec4, 2006 "In the wake of the massive releases...
  • 10 Most Influential: Business Intelligence

    Who are the 10 most influential players in BI according to Computer Business Review? Take a look. Heres what they say about Microsoft.... "There is no mistaking that Microsoft is putting its heart and soul into developing a set of top-drawer reporting...
  • BPIO Training

    BPIO? Another Microsoft acronym! BPIO is Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization. Ok - so what does that actually mean? This is a Microsoft campaign designed to help businesses understand how to get the best out of Office 2007 and covers three...
  • Teradata partners on BI solutions

    eChannelLine - January 15, 2007 Microsoft Corp. and Teradata have announced that they are working together to optimize interoperability between Microsoft business intelligence solutions and the Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse to help information workers...
  • The First-Ever Microsoft BI Conference is announced!

    Announcing The First-Ever Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference! Seattle -Washington State Convention and Trade Center May 9-11, 2007. We invite you to join us for this exciting and informative Conference for customers and partners. The first-ever...
  • UK BI Partner Symposium - Feb 14th - London

    This Valentine's Day I am looking for new Partners to forge exciting relationships with! Long-term commitment preferred. Good sense of humour always helps. Any age group considered. No I'm not promising to solve all your private relationship problems...
  • Partner TV - on screen on Business Intelligence

    A certain member of my team is working his way round the company asking us to discuss our jobs - grabbing us with no warning to ask us questions! Take a look at the results! Oh dear! But Partner TV is a great way to find your way around Microsoft, put...
  • Evo Supremo game - a bit of fun!

    I challenge you to try and beat my score in our new game for Partners: EVO Supremo, either with your knowledge of our latest software or your speed at searching. http://www.microsoft.co.uk/evosupremo/ Partner Prizes: · 1st Prize : Alienware Aurora M9700...
  • Microsoft Blue Monster

    Many of you might have seen this drawing on a number of emails/blogs/posters from Microsoft. So what is this all about? Find out more here: blue monster video Professor MacLeod has a fab blog that never fails to raise a smile. Hugh gives a few explanations...
  • Microsoft crashes IBM Lotus Party with migration tools

    eWeek - January 22, 2007 At the kickoff of IBM's annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft announced a series of tools to help Lotus Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the unified communication and collaboration innovations that are...
  • The Little Engine that Can...

    ....SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (SQL Server Compact Edition) is designed for developers who need light weight, in process relational database solution for their applications that can be developed and deployed...
  • 55 patches for Oracle

    Its taken them over 3 years to follow suit but Oracle are taking a page straight out of Microsoft's playbook by implementing an advance notice mechanism for its quarterly release of security patches. But what will this tell us? According to Oracle's website...
  • More consolidation - more acquisitions

    Another acquisition in the BI market! Hyperion have announced the acquisition of Decisioneering - a decision analysis software and solutions company with the Crystal Ball software - a predictive analytics, simulation and modeling tool. This follows on...
  • Top 20 geek novels - the results!

    Well the list makes interesting reading - not sure about the books though! Especially #4.... 4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick Read the list
  • Let's crow then!

    Microsoft's PerformancePoint Server Coming Into Focus "With last week’s release of a new PerformancePoint Community Technology Preview (CTP), Microsoft has at least a plausible reason to crow." So what is happening with this product and how does it fit...
  • A night in front of the telly tonight?

    If you are planning a night in front of the television this evening… Fri 9 Feb, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 30mins http://www.bbc.co.uk/moneyprogramme ‘ It's one of the biggest new products of the year, and the chances are you'll soon be using it at home or at...
  • You really can change the world with your ideas

    Do you know that you could change the world? Big names in America's engineering, as well as millions of Internet users around the world, are being asked to nominate what they believe to be the greatest technological challenges of the next century. This...
  • Book this now!!! Training! BI!!!!

    Hurrah hurrah - Our Partners have been asking me for indepth BI training - and its here! This is a 5 day course with a combination of instructor-led sessions and hands-on exercises. We ran this course as a pilot and the feedback was fantastic so we've...
  • Kimball is coming to town

    Dimensional Modeling in Depth by Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross 24-27 April 2007 | London Rarely available in the UK! Dr. Ralph Kimball is as an innovator, writer, educator, speaker and consultant in the field of data warehousing. And he is coming to London...
  • SQL Partner Technical Specialist needed in UK

    Job advertised on the Microsoft Careers page - check it out! Working with our Partners as a technical specilaist on SQL - every day will be guaranteed to be different! Heres some more info... Role Purpose As a senior role within the Partner Enablement...
  • Happy Valentines Day and all that stuff..

    Tip before you head home from work... Stormhoek now have cartoons on their wine labels by Gapingvoid The first cartoon "Big Love" has hit the shelves of Tesco and you can vote for future labels here Tip of the day.... if you've forgotten that all important...
  • And now for all you American BI Partners

    Its all training.. training.. training here at Microsoft! I recently announced BI training in UK - but here are some US dates from our colleagues over the other side of the pond.... Attend the Microsoft Business Intelligence Partner Boot Camp and learn...
  • Still #1 on OLAP report

    Good news from www.olapreport.com – Microsoft continues to be number 1 and grow OLAP market share! We have almost one third of the market share (31.6%) (last year 27.9%). We were also one of the few vendors that actually grew market share last year and...
  • Best Practice Analyzer

    Fine tuning your SQL database? SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) could make it easier. BPA gathers data from Microsoft Windows and SQL Server configuration settings and then uses a predefined list of SQL Server 2005 recommendations and best...
  • Oracle - Consolidation continues

    Just back from my holidays and yet more consolidation of the BI marketplace has taken place! There has been speculation on potential acquisitions recently and Gartner has been suggesting that this market will move towards a smaller number of "mega-vendors...