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

  • "Beer tossing fridge" !!

    Ok this is a random entry but when I saw this bit of "news" I realised that not only would it appeal to some of my mates ...but it also helps to explain what software engineers really do!!!?? :-) A guy in USA has built himself a fridge that can throw...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Positioned in the Leader Quadrant in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS, 2007

    Here are the main points from this.... Microsoft is positioned in the Leader quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS. The analysts say that SQL Server 2005 is expected to grow in the data warehouse space. Microsoft’s vision for SQL...
  • ISV Partner Kick-off Event

    Thursday 13th September at Thames Valley Park, Reading. What will we be talking about? new business development tools and initiatives that we'll be launching and running over the next twelve months. new approach to the conundrum of how to demonstrate...
  • OBA Training

    Office Business Applications (OBA) Technical Briefing This two day technical briefing explores an emerging category of applications, known as Office Business Applications (OBA). It explores the technologies that underpin them, in particular Microsoft...
  • SQL Server 2008 July CTP released

    Today, Microsoft released the July Community Technical Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008. The release makes available several performance and feature enhancements designed to support customers’ mission-critical platform and enable pervasive insight across...
  • 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...
  • UK BI Community Day

    We are holding a Community event for our UK Partners that have attained the Data Management Competency. Please look at the below details and register.... Data Management Partner BI Community Event – 27th September 2007 Dear Partner, I would...
  • Training opportunity for Oracle DBAs

    A Microsoft Partner - Skyline - are offering a great opportunity for Oracle DBAs to attend training on SQL Server 2005. Skyline are a Partner that has strong skills in both technologies. Here is the info from Skyline. Please contact them directly to discuss...
  • MOPPS training available

    Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Technical training . This four day instructor-led workshop provides students with the knowledge and skills to architect and build Business Intelligence solutions using Microsoft® Office PerformancePoint Server...
  • Whats new in SQL 2008?

    To find out we have introduced 3 new modules of the what’s new in SQL Server 2008 eLearning Take the Microsoft free eLearning Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 In this 3 hour on-line collection, IT Professionals will learn about...
  • Sometimes Microsoft does things very well

    Title of article: Sometimes Microsoft does things very well Link: http://www.it-director.com/technology/applications/content.php?cid=8898 Date: 1 November 2006 Analyst: David Norris Company: Bloor Research Extracts: "As I sit here...
  • The most powerful women of the channel

    So who are these women? Although they come from all different corners of the channel community -- from vendors to distributors to resellers and systems integrators -- the 2007 50 Most Powerful Women of the Channel have one thing in common: They're all...
  • SAP to buy Business Objects

    There has been speculation around this for some time but it has now been announced that SAP are to buy Business Objects. At a cost of $6.8B. More consolidation of the market. Find out more here
  • Performance Point is now on Volume Licencing

    See more @ www.microsoft.com/performancepoint Please see below the relevant information to get started. In addition there is lots of helpful documents... check out the Office Developer Portal and TechCenter for deployment and operations guides, technical...
  • SQL Server 2008 launch date announced

    In case you missed it - at the recent Worldwide Partner Conference we announced the date for the joint launch of SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008...... In anticipation for the most significant Microsoft enterprise event in the...
  • SQL Server 2008 launch gadget

    Count down the days!!!! A gadget for SQL Server 2008 is available to countdown to launch http://www.wedsg.com/winclient/vistasidebargadget/download.htm
  • Are you ready for the data dump?

    My thoughts have gone from snow dumps... to data dumps... all in the space of a couple of days! IDC says we'll be swimming in almost 1,000 billion gigabytes of digital data by 2010 - thats a 6 times increase from 2006. Take into account photos,...
  • SQL Server 2005 overtakes Oracle dwh - 270TB!

    November 20, 2006 Computerworld "At the annual conference of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) user group, Microsoft said it is designing a 270TB multinode data warehouse for a foreign government. Microsoft is also working on a 162TB...
  • Tafiti - Silverlight enabled search

    Tafiti is a new showcase of how we can now mix a rich web experience with search functionality. You can view search results in a number of ways: tree view, newspaper view or drop-down results on a glass pane. You can also switch between search mediums...
  • 2007 PASS Community Summit

    Why attend Summit 2007? Network with other industry professionals to build your professional & personal network, select from over 125 technical sessions on SQL Server & Business Intelligence, research the newest products & services available...
  • TechEd IT Forum 2007

    TechEd IT Forum is Microsoft's European conference providing IT professionals with technical training, information & community resources. When? 11th- 16th Nov Where? Barcelona, Spain Early Bird discount until 28th Sept 2007. There will be a number...
  • Microsoft Partners Stake Claims in Sharepoint Goldmine

    When we are talking to our Partners it is important that we highlight the opportunity around expanding the Microsoft stack. For this reason, Sharepoint is an important product for any partners in the BI space. This article about how Microsoft partners...
  • 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...
  • More Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Training

    Reporting Services training available - May 2007 31 May 2007, Reading: Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services Learn about the advanced techniques for building reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services and the Microsoft Visual...