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!

November, 2006

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • All the names are taken!

    I came across this fascinating article online by Dennis Forbes about domain names. It has loads of interesting stats including: All two- and three-letter .com domain names have been taken. 80 per cent of four-letter names have gone The...
  • Microsoft Server - Database Business Blooms

    "Microsoft Server, Database Programs, Once Derided, Boost Sales" - by Dina Bass Bloomberg News - October 26, 2006 I liked this article. It includes lots of speculative numbers but the overall message is - the perception of Microsoft SQL Server has...
  • Partner-TV Launched

    Background We have collected a lot of feedback from Partners over the past few months to understand how they want to receive information from Microsoft. In addition to the Partner web site we have now extended PTS- TV to a wider audience with Partner...
  • Microsoft Sales Toolkit Arrived

    The new edition of the Microsoft Sales Toolkit (Gearup) has now arrived…and it’s pink!? (What were the marketing guys thinking?) This edition runs from October 06 to March 07 and has been updated to include the EVO products and customer campaigns....
  • Gartner Magic Quadrant - Microsoft moves!

    Gartner have just released the 2006 Gartner Data Warehouse Database Management Systems Magic Quadrant. And Microsoft has moved position! "significant progress Microsoft has made in the Data Warehouse (DW) Database Management Systems (DBMS...
  • BI Tools - Microsoft leads growth

    The latest research by IDC shows Microsoft is ahead of the pack in terms of growth in the business intelligence (BI) tools market. Microsoft is leading all legacy pure-play and database vendors in BI revenue growth. In addition, ProClarity, an advanced...
  • Bill Gates on Vista, Linux and more

    CNET - November 17, 2006 In the second part of a Q&A, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates reveals anwers to questions such as... What is his favorite feature in Windows Vista Why he'll keep pushing for a new file system What role he sees open...
  • Marketing Training for Partners - new dates released

    Marketing 101 – New dates for January & February Due to high demand from partners, the following new dates have been added to Marketing 101. This 1 day Instructor Led course is ‘ideal’ for new starters at a Microsoft partner responsible for...
  • Training - Advanced SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services

    Partners have been asking for SQL BI Training so wanted to flag this TechNet event to be held on the evening of 23rd November 2006. Target Audience: Architect, Developer, IT Professional and Technology Decision Maker. Here is the Event Overview...
  • Dashboard Ubiquity - what is that?

    An article on Dashboard Ubiquity was recently published by TDWI. There is reference to a whitepaper written by Wayne Eckerson called “Dashboards and Scorecards“. This is an interesting read because it covers the convergence of BI and CPM. IT also...
  • Vista Demo Readiness Toolkit

    An unparalleled Windows Vista Demo environment If you're a Microsoft Partner then you will be very interested in the Windows Vista Demo Readiness Toolkit (DRT). This is the best demo environment a partner can get to show off all the new features in Vista...
  • IDC: Microsoft ISVs Outperforming Peers!!

    Great news for our ISVs!!!! ISVs participating in Microsoft's competency program are more successful than their peers, even those building on Microsoft but outside the program - according to an IDC report released in October. IDC interviewed 365...
  • Microsoft Wants More From Its ISV Channel for Windows Vista

    Following on from the ISV article below - Windows Vista presents a great opportunity for ISVs to get involved with Microsoft. Channel Insider - October 24, 2006 Less than 3 percent of Microsoft ISVs are driving 80 percent of revenue. Often vendor...
  • SQL User Group

    I’ve had a number of partners ask me about SQL User Group this week – so thought I would share the link. http://sqlserverfaq.com/ Published with BlogMailr
  • New Partner Portal Live!

    Our new Partner Portal is live! It has been designed to help our partners get access to the right information for their business. Last year we saw a 37% increase in usage of this site. Apparently the portal is the culmination of over two years’...