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

May, 2006

  • NEW: Business Scorecard Manager 2005 - Sample Templates

    We've just released some great templates that you can use to get you started with Business Scorecard Manager 2005 and your business applications. If you're stuck for ideas, or are not sure how to leverage the power of the data contained within the likes...
  • SQL Server over the years

    I found this great post today by euanga who charts the history and growth of SQL Server throughout history in the form of product boxes.
  • I'm famous!

    I've just had my first article published on Microsoft.com. It's an overview of Business Intelligence on the Microsoft platform and provides a good foundation level explanation of the features provided and what can be achieved when you use them. Read...
  • Sybase Migration Tool - Deadline extended to 26th May!

    Due to popular demand, the deadline for nominations to the Sybase Technical Adoption Program TAP has been extended to the 26th of May. For details about the program, please see my post last week: http://blogs.technet.com/james/archive/2006/05/08/427567...
  • SQL Server 2000 Knowledge Base

    Wow! What a post by deepakc . He's provided a huge list of SQL Server 2000 links organised by topic/subject area. Well worth a look.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley on SQL Server 2005

    I've just finished reading an interesting article on a DBA who used some of the new features in SQL Server 2005 to implement their auditing strategy so that they are compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley. Auditing is often seen as a pain, and it is. It's one...
  • PTS-TV: Business Intelligence

    My team has recently launched a new TV show called PTS-TV. We're talking about our various technology specialities, with the most recent episode featuring Christian Bolton speaking about the Business Intelligence on SQL Server 2005. Check out the movie...
  • Reporting Services on SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

    What's the best thing about SQL Server 2005 Express Edition ?? It's Free! What's the second best thing about SQL Server 2005 Express Edition? It's got the same database engine as SQL Server Enterprise Edition - it's powerful!. How do...
  • Scaling out SQL Server 2005

    We often hear about scaling up when it comes to our server environments, but what about scaling out ? Scaling out is best described by an excerpt from a new MSDN article published in April: There are two kinds of scalability: scaleup and scaleout...
  • Business Intelligence Webcast

    If you want to see the Microsoft BI "stack" in action or get a better understanding about what exactly the "stack" is, then let me direct you to the following webcast taking place on the 8th June. To register and join the webcast: 1. Click on (or...
  • Bill Gates on Business Intelligence

    So what does my boss think about Business Intelligence? Well he reckons it's pretty important and he's got a vision of how to make finding the right information in your organisation a piece of cake. Having seen the products we've released in the last...
  • SQL Server Mobile 3.0 Supported Platforms

    This release of SQL Server Mobile supports: · Pocket PC 2003 platform · Windows CE 5.0 · Windows Mobile Version 5.0 Pocket PC · Windows Mobile Version 5.0 Smartphone
  • Business Scorecard Manager FAQ

    If you are looking for a quick answer to questions relating to Business Scorecard Manager, then check out our FAQ here: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA101182961033.aspx
  • 3 days left for nominations

    Get them in quick - there's only three days left for entries to our Sybase migration tool beta program. If you want $20,000 worth of consulting to help you with your migration project, then drop me a line: james@microsoft.com.
  • Reporting Services with Netweaver

    There's a new article available from the Microsoft.com website which talks about using one of the new features in SP1 of SQL Server 2005 which allows reports to run from SAP data within your organisation. Here's the summary of the article followed by...
  • Migration from Sybase to SQL Server made easy

    The SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase has been released on a customer technology preview (CTP). This tool dramatically reduces the cost and effort of migrating your Sybase databases onto the SQL Server database platform. As a yardstick, the equivalent...