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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

March, 2006

  • Virtual Labs

    I'm not sure about the awareness of our "Virtual Labs", (I know that I hadn't heard about them before today), but I thought I would mention them as they are really useful for getting first hand experience of SQL Server 2005 and its features without having...
  • Welcome one and all

    Well hello, and welcome to my brand new blog! My plan for this little slice of internet real estate is to provide opinion, comment and information relating to SQL Server, Business Intelligence and things that I find generally interesting in technology...
  • New Name Decided!

    Thanks for the suggestion by Tony Soper for my Blog's title. I was so taken with Magnum B.I. that I changed the name straight away!
  • New SQL Server 2005 Reporting Packs

    Yesterday we released eight new SQL Server 2005 Reporting Packs. They provide some great examples of the way that Reporting Services can deliver business critical information to decision makers in your organisation. The packs demonstrate how to gather...
  • SQL Server Query Optimization Blog

    The guys over at the SQL Server Query Optimization team have started a new blog. Should be a useful place to pick up some tips and tricks on getting your queries to run at the speed of light. http://blogs.msdn.com/queryoptteam/
  • BBC at Mix06

    I just finished watching a demo from the recent Mix06 conference in Las Vegas where Microsoft had a "72 hour conversation" with the leading voices in web development and technology. Much of the talk was on Web 2.0 and the next gen of web applications...
  • Improving MSN Search using SQL Server 2005

    I'm finding new blogs on SQL Server and B.I. all the time, and the latest is this effort from Jamie Mac . He recently posted about MSN Search and how it is leveraging the features of SQL Server 2005 Data Mining to get better results to users. There is...
  • Are you a SQL Express Hero?

    If you have a great story about developing an application using Visual Studio Express and/or SQL Server Express, why not tell us about it? There's $100 for every story we choose to feature. Find out more here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express...
  • Made in Express

  • Front End Business Intelligence

    I often get questions from management about the "end product" that they will see from Business Intelligence. Once all the information has been extracted, cleaned and cubed, they want to know about the ways they can see it! One of the tools that can...