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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!
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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
20 Aug 2007
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". Larry Ellison is spending $3.3 billion on Hyperion...
6 Mar 2007
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
10 Oct 2007
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 discusses the difference between dashboarding and...
1 Nov 2006
MOPPS training - thats Performance Point!
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 2007. This session covers both Monitoring and...
1 Nov 2007
"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, code name Katmai, would ship in 2008. Jeff Raikes...
11 May 2007
SQL Server 2008
Want to know more about the features in SQL Server 2008 around BI? Take a look at this whitepaper.... http://www.microsoft.com/sql/techinfo/whitepapers/sql_2008_bi.mspx Included in This Document: Introduction Unifying Data Storage and Access Building and Managing Sophisticated BI Solutions Extending...
5 Dec 2007
Book this now!!! Training! BI!!!!
Hurrah hurrah - Our Partners have been asking me for indepth BI training - and its here! This is a 5 day course with a combination of instructor-led sessions and hands-on exercises. We ran this course as a pilot and the feedback was fantastic so we've booked 3 dates - but places are limited. Overview...
9 Feb 2007
Teradata partners on BI solutions
eChannelLine - January 15, 2007 Microsoft Corp. and Teradata have announced that they are working together to optimize interoperability between Microsoft business intelligence solutions and the Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse to help information workers gain access to, analyze and report on critical...
22 Jan 2007
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 whitepapers and ‘how-to’ help and tips. Finally...
2 Nov 2007
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 writing this on my Apple Mac I have to report that...
14 Nov 2006
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, OLAP analysis and data integration BI capabilities...
14 Dec 2006
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 like to invite you to an exclusive event held...
3 Sep 2007
Just seen these PerformancePoint events through the partner community. Partners can invite their customers to the morning event and then join them at lunch and attend the afternoon event. Events for Customers: Monday 19 th November - AM - Cardinal Place, London Register here or call 0870 166 6680 ref...
14 Nov 2007
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 about how to implement, design and sell solutions...
19 Feb 2007
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 are seeing healthy, sustained services revenue from...
20 Aug 2007
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 with the exception of Applix, Microsoft was the...
20 Feb 2007
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 to deliver a 4-day course. In addition, Microsoft...
12 Feb 2007
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, grouping, and summarising. The following tips...
4 Apr 2007
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 is a 5 day course with a combination of instructor...
8 Mar 2007
UK BI Partner Symposium - Feb 14th - London
This Valentine's Day I am looking for new Partners to forge exciting relationships with! Long-term commitment preferred. Good sense of humour always helps. Any age group considered. No I'm not promising to solve all your private relationship problems - but I would like to start some new business relatuionships...
22 Jan 2007
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 the release of SQL Server 2005, Microsoft has completely...
1 May 2007
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 New York, company executives spoke at length about...
20 Aug 2007
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