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!

March, 2007

  • "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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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