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

  • Have you met the Partner Bot?

    Partner Bot is an Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows you where you can find the answers you need. Simply type in your question and Bot will bring back an instant response. Add Bot as a buddy...
  • Named!

    Microsoft has announced the official names for the next release of the SQL database and Visual Studio ........ SQL Server 2008 & Visual Studio 2008 !!!! Ok so that wasn't a major revelation, but at TechEd 2007 conference held in Orlando this week...
  • "Katmai" Anchor for BI Strategy

    The first Microsoft BI Conference has taken place and as expected there have been some announcements! Take a look at this summary on Microsoft Watch. "Today, during its Business Intelligence Conference, Microsoft affirmed that next version SQL Server...
  • Microsoft authorised distributors

    Partners often ask me about licence pricing and how to supply software for their customers. If you're a reseller or system builder, we recommend that you buy software from one of our authorised distributors in the UK and Europe. This web page shows Microsoft...
  • Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

    This year's event runs from 10 - 12 July at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, with special pre-conference meetings and activities taking place on 9 July. As well as offering the opportunity to connect with Microsoft leaders, network and build...
  • More UK BI Bootcamps

    Due to high popularity, we have just released 2 more dates for UK BI Bootcamps. Many of you have been asking me for this so please take a look and get booked on. Duration: 5 days Dates: 11th June 2007 @ London 25th June 2007 @ Maidenhead Overview With...
  • Partner Health Check

    Is your organisation in tip-top condition? Are you using all the Microsoft Partner Programme benefits available to you? Microsoft has launched a new site for Partners to have a Health Check - its a way of checking out all the tools and support on offer...
  • Top Ten Tips: sorting, grouping, and summarising SQL data

    Arranging data in a manner that's meaningful can be a challenge. Sometimes a simple sort will do it. But sometimes you will need to do more by creating groups to analyse and summarise. Fortunately, SQL offers a number of clauses and operators for sorting...
  • Microsoft Partners with EMC, Cisco for Management Models

    Yesterday Microsoft announced key management partnerships with Cisco Systems and EMC/Smarts to help customers monitor their systems, networks, and devices. Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo in a video shown during the keynote at Microsoft...
  • Geek Test

    This Geek Test has been doing the rounds in my team and some of the results have been frightening, though not unexpected I have to say! Those of you who know me and especially those who work with me will not be surprised at my result.... "Lacking in the...
  • Live & on-demand webcasts

    Did you know that they are nearly 50 on-demand webcasts available that will help you understand more about SQL BI? That means you can learn when it suits you. Crack open that bottle of wine... get yourself comfy on the sofa.... They are getting...
  • What licences do I get as a partner?

    Becoming a Microsoft Partner gives you access to internal-use licenses - but do you really know what they are and how you can use them? Take a look here and find out for sure Registered Partners with Action Pack Certified and Gold Partners
  • Don't be disappointed - extra dates for UK BI Bootcamp!

    I recently blogged about BI Bootcamp training we are holding here in UK. Some courses have become fully booked so we have added some extra dates and some new locations. Dates: 26th March: London 21st May: Altrincham Overview: This...
  • "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...
  • TechNet SQL Training UK

    Just spotted these SQL Server courses on TechNet.... 24 April 2007, Manchester: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services At this event we'll look at SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence and the components and features that make up the Reporting...
  • Data Mining Newsletter

    Those of you interested in SQL Server Data Mining - there is now a newsletter that you can subscribe to. This will keep you up to date with the latest happenings in the SQL Server Data Mining world and also gives useful tips. Other resouces: SQL Server...
  • 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,...
  • If a tree falls...

    So many blogs to read.... now there is bLaugh to add to the list. In their words.... "We love to laugh - so now we’re preparing the world to bLaugh! This is the (un)Official comic of the blogosphere - colorful, satirical, and comical. Expect parodies...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...