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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  • Blog Post: 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 alliances with your peers, the Worldwide Partner Conference...
  • Blog Post: 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 at the large PASS Summit expo Find out more
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 launch date announced

    In case you missed it - at the recent Worldwide Partner Conference we announced the date for the joint launch of SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008...... In anticipation for the most significant Microsoft enterprise event in the next year, Kevin Turner announced that Windows...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OBA Training

    Office Business Applications (OBA) Technical Briefing This two day technical briefing explores an emerging category of applications, known as Office Business Applications (OBA). It explores the technologies that underpin them, in particular Microsoft Office 2007, Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: 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 Services platform. At the end of the session...
  • Blog Post: 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 of sessions on SQL Server & BI. Find the sessions...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 the enterprise. The release of the July CTP continues...
  • Blog Post: PerformancePoint events

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: MOPPS training available

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 revenue influence without becoming a Microsoft licensing...