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!

August, 2007

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Oracle charges for extra functionality

    Oracle has released details on the pricing of its Oracle Database 11g software, disclosing that some of the most talked-about features in the new release will be sold as extra-cost add-ons. When the vendor announced the 11g version of its database in...
  • 4 cool new features in SQL Server 2008

    Here is a good summary of cool new features as per latest Community Technology Preview (CTP) for SQL Server 2008. Article here
  • Licensing made clear

    There are now a number of tools available to our Partners to assist in understanding more about the Microsoft licensing model. Licensing Basics section in Sales Toolkit explains the basics. Licensing Reseller Handbook for a more indepth guide. New content...
  • 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...
  • Where do you want to go?

    This is a tool to highlight to Partners the resources available. You can explore the opportunities by clicking on the roadmap. Details here
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Cloud

    There has been a lot of talk recently about Microsoft's "cloud". Its not just discussions on the lack of UK summer this year ... its much much more. Its Microsoft's new approach to the delivery of Internet services. I saw this article that gives a good...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...