One of my colleagues is putting on a couple of LiveMeetings on SQL Server 2008 R2. These are probably relevant to any SharePoint partners who provide or are interested in building a SharePoint BI offering. While SharePoint provides the front-end of a BI solution, the data has to sit somewhere and be managed and surfaced. The session on the 27th April, with it's coverage of PowerPivot, is going to be particularly of interest.

 

What's new in SQL Server 2008 R2? (BI and Data Management)

 

27th April 2.30pm-3.30pm (UK time)

 

This will give an overview (level 200) of all the significant features in SQL Server 2008 R2, such as PowerPivot and Stream Insight and Master data Services. As well as seeing these in action we’ll be discussing what the likely partner opportunities are. The session will conclude with an introduction to the new editions of SQL Server

 

There's more to SQL Server than BI - Growing a SQL Server Data Management practice

 

13th April 2.30pm-3.30pm (UK time)

 

In this session we want to show what the opportunities are in data management as distinct from Business Intelligence, e.g. consolidation, upgrade and migration. This will be based on new features in SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 together with an overview of what is involved and what technical and sales resources are available to support you with this