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

June, 2006

  • Excel Dashboards

    The Dashboard Spy has been reporting on how people are using Excel to provide nice looking dashboards that help them keep their businesses smoothly. He/She has also posted about the upcoming Excel 2007 which adds more features for presenting Business...
  • Upgrade MSDE to SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

    Why the heck are you still running MSDE when you can use SQL Server 2005 Express Edition? For those of you how don't know MSDE, it is the free lightweight version of SQL Server 2000 which developers typically use to build applications on. It's good...
  • Hands-on lab for Business Intelligence

    At the end of this month in Los Angeles, MS Events are running a Business Intelligence Hands-on lab where you can get experience about how to create the following: An Analysis Services cube A SQL Server 2005 Integration Services package SQL...
  • SQL Server has lower TCO than Oracle

    And I can prove it. It's cheaper to administer . It's cheaper to develop on . Is there a god? Yes, and he's generous with that TCO!
  • Upcoming Business Intelligence Webcasts

    These are well worth a look: Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Using the Kimball Method (Level 200) Today 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Designing a Scalable Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence (DW/BI) System (Level 200) June...
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition CTP

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Everywhere Edition (SQL Server Everywhere) 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...
  • The Future of querying data

    I just finished watching a Channel 9 video on the future of querying data using Visual Studio. It's really interesting stuff because it shows the way Microsoft is intending to abstract the developer away from individual data providers and their related...
  • Cartesis announces support for Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

    Cartesis, who are the recognised leader in Finance and performance management software, has announced support for the new Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 through integration with Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005. BSM 2005 will be a core component...
  • Selling SQL Server as a Database Platform

    "This Sales Academy focuses on giving you all the knowledge and information you need when talking to your customers about their database platform requirements. Our experienced Partner Technical Specialists, who work with customers and Partners every day...
  • Microsoft's Business Intelligence Strategy

    So what have Microsoft got in store when it comes to BI? Well, quite a bit actually! Lewis Levin, VP of Office Business Applications shares his vision for the BI platform during a Q&A with Microsoft PressPass and covers off the following topics: ...
  • Deliver scheduled reports to a printer

    I found this excellent article on MSDN which describes how to create an application that will deliver scheduled reports to a network printer automatically. You need to have the Reporting Services sample kit installed from which you build the application...
  • Download IE Beta 3

    What do you think of it?
  • PTS-TV: New Episode

    Watch Dave Sayers give the lowdown on Virtualisation: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/partner/blog/pts-tv/
  • CIOs: BI more important than security

    Interesting excerpt from InformationWeek: A Gartner survey of 1,400 CIOs earlier this year found that business intelligence was their top IT prior ity, surpassing even security. The average company has between six and 10 business intelligence products...
  • Beefing up Business Intelligence in Office - PerformancePoint Server 2007

    As well as the cool new Business Intelligence features in the traditional Office applications like Excel, we are releasing a new product in mid-2007 called PerformancePoint Server 2007 which will make Business Intelligence more accessible to companies;...
  • How and when to use mirroring in SQL Server 2005

    Having released mirroring in Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2005, we've followed up by providing a paper on when and where to use this feature. Read Database Mirroring Best Practices and Performance Considerations .