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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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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
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...
1 May 2007
Great recognition at the UK CRN Channel Awards for Microsoft
Microsoft picked up two awards at the recent CRN awards. These awards are a highly sought after accreditation for IT vendors, resellers and distributors. Firstly we beat stiff competition to win Software Vendor of the Year . Our entry into the award highlighted the great work we do for partners within...
6 Dec 2006
"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 Partner Technical Specialist needed in UK
Job advertised on the Microsoft Careers page - check it out! Working with our Partners as a technical specilaist on SQL - every day will be guaranteed to be different! Heres some more info... Role Purpose As a senior role within the Partner Enablement Group this person will provide architectural guidance...
14 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
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
21 Aug 2007
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 summary
28 Aug 2007
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...
20 Aug 2007
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
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...
1 Aug 2007
Have you met the Partner Bot?
Partner Bot is an Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows you where you can find the answers you need. Simply type in your question and Bot will bring back an instant response. Add Bot as a buddy in your Windows Live Messenger contacts and it will...
5 Jul 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
A night in front of the telly tonight?
If you are planning a night in front of the television this evening… Fri 9 Feb, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm 30mins http://www.bbc.co.uk/moneyprogramme ‘ It's one of the biggest new products of the year, and the chances are you'll soon be using it at home or at work. Microsoft, the world's top software company...
9 Feb 2007
Partner TV - on screen on Business Intelligence
A certain member of my team is working his way round the company asking us to discuss our jobs - grabbing us with no warning to ask us questions! Take a look at the results! Oh dear! But Partner TV is a great way to find your way around Microsoft, put faces to names and understand peoples roles. Take...
24 Jan 2007
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 Management Summit 2007 said that, together...
29 Mar 2007
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 Data Mining Community Site MSDN Forum for SQL Server...
8 Mar 2007
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 leading innovators driving growth in the channel...
22 Aug 2007
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 source software playing And his dream..........
22 Nov 2006
Microsoft authorised distributors
Partners often ask me about licence pricing and how to supply software for their customers. If you're a reseller or system builder, we recommend that you buy software from one of our authorised distributors in the UK and Europe. This web page shows Microsoft authorised product distributors in the UK...
2 May 2007
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