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: 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
  • Blog Post: 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 practices to determine if there are potential issues...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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
  • 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: BI Tools - Microsoft leads growth

    The latest research by IDC shows Microsoft is ahead of the pack in terms of growth in the business intelligence (BI) tools market. Microsoft is leading all legacy pure-play and database vendors in BI revenue growth. In addition, ProClarity, an advanced analysis and visualization BI vendor, recently acquired...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Little Engine that Can...

    ....SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition (SQL Server Compact Edition) is designed for developers who need light weight, in process relational database solution for their applications that can be developed and deployed on desktop as well as on mobile devices. SQL Server...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Named!

    Microsoft has announced the official names for the next release of the SQL database and Visual Studio ........ SQL Server 2008 & Visual Studio 2008 !!!! Ok so that wasn't a major revelation, but at TechEd 2007 conference held in Orlando this week there was more info...... The delivery of the first...
  • Blog Post: Whats more significant than Vista and Office?

    I'll tell you .......Microsoft Expression Web!! Review: Microsoft's Expression Web—which rivals leader Dreamweaver on many levels—could be a more significant release than even Vista and Office 2007. eWEEK Dec4, 2006 "In the wake of the massive releases of Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 , it...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Expands BI Product Line

    If you are interested in Microsoft's new performance-management offering, Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, and our approach to the business intelligence stack - take a look at this. This new application expands our growing line of BI products with a new focus on performance management...
  • 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: Whats new in SQL 2008?

    To find out we have introduced 3 new modules of the what’s new in SQL Server 2008 eLearning Take the Microsoft free eLearning Collection 6187: What's New in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 In this 3 hour on-line collection, IT Professionals will learn about the new features in SQL Server 2008. Topics covered...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Web Developers take a look at what Microsoft now has!

    Yesterday Microsoft announced Expression Studio - a new suite of tools for web developers. I will be working on this new offering to develop a channel for Microsoft. So expect to see more info as it emerges. The Microsoft Expression Studio consists of Expression Web (formerly known by the code name Quartz...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 launch gadget

    Count down the days!!!! A gadget for SQL Server 2008 is available to countdown to launch http://www.wedsg.com/winclient/vistasidebargadget/download.htm
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 overtakes Oracle dwh - 270TB!

    November 20, 2006 Computerworld "At the annual conference of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) user group, Microsoft said it is designing a 270TB multinode data warehouse for a foreign government. Microsoft is also working on a 162TB single-node installation for its own marketing...