Melville Thomson's Blog

Data, SQL and Windows Technologies

April, 2006

  • TechNet Roadshow 2006 - Now Live

    At a city near you the TechNet Roadshow 2006 . I'm really looking forward to this. Getting to travel around the country presenting our new technology and meeting with you all.. We will be travelling to 5 locations around the UK starting on the 2nd of...
  • Microsoft Agrees to acquire ProClarity, Enhancing Business Intelligence offering

    Exciting news !! See announcment from today. I think that the tools ProClarity provide compliment the tools already used from Microsoft. A lot of you I know already use these. There are demos on the ProClarity web site for those who may not have seen...
  • SQL Server 2005: A Technical Overview. Event 11 May

    Several people said they would like an overview session. after the TechNet evening on February 28, where I presented Upgrading to SQL Server 2005. So by popular demand I am pleased to announce a new event on the 11 May 2006 in Reading starting at 18...
  • Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, Event 11 July

    Here is another Event for you, this time; ' Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services' . this Event is at Microsoft in Reading on the 11th of July, starting at 18:30 till 21:00 In this session I want to look at some of the key areas of interest...
  • SQL Server Express Edition with Advanced Services now includes Reporting Service Features

    This is really good I have just had notice from herain at gotdotnet.com to check out the new release of SQL Server Express. Remember this is a CTP so do give feedback. See the link to sqlexpress's weblog http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlexpress/archive/2006/03...
  • BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems

    Hi I have some more news for you. What was previously known as HIS (or now BizTalk Adapters for Host Systems) the beta program is available for anyone who may be interested. The program can be accessed on http://connect.microsoft.com . You will need an...
  • SQL SERVER EVERYWHERE WHAT IS IT?

    Here is a subject every one is talking about Simon Sabin http://sqljunkies.com/WebLog/simons/archive/2006/4/10.aspx has mentioned it. He has a link to Steve who has created a great Q&A about it http://blogs.msdn.com/stevelasker/ . At the moment...
  • SQL Server Resources

    I have just received my copy of TechNet flash (AKA Newsletter). No this is not a marketing push. Buried in the depths amongst all those nuggets of information I found two usefull resources relating to SQL The first is the virtual labs. http://www.microsoft...
  • Microsoft SQL Server Webcast for May

    TechNet Webcast: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional (Part 9 of 11): Implementing Database Mirroring (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200) Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Time Kimberly L. Tripp, SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Regional Director...
  • SP1 for SQL Server 2005 available now and Express Edition

    I’m really impressed that the SP1 for SQL 2005 is out so quick after the release of the CTP. The SQL Server Express Blog has a lot of information on the SP1 downloads. Also they have links to follow up information to help you get the most out of the product...
  • Visual Studio Express is now FREE

    Great news Visual Studio Express is now free! This has been passed around the MSDN blogs but I have not seen anything on the TechNet side. Originaly it was only free for the first year. 'Dan Fernandez, lead product manager for the Visual Studio...
  • SQL Server 2005 April BOL released

    Just to give you a heads up the April books online has been released see link below http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=be6a2c5d-00df-4220-b133-29c1e0b6585f&DisplayLang=en Simon Posted a link on Sunday with this list of...
  • First Event focused on User Experience (UX) and Expression Tools.

    This looks like a great event, John asked me to mention it to you. I think some of you may be interested. I’d really appreciate if you could give mention to the Designer event we’re running with Computer Arts magazine on 10th May in London at the Linbury...
  • Microsoft and Hyperion Collaborate on Business Intelligence Solutions

    Another great announcement look here for more details. I think this is fantastic news. On Tuesday 25th April we announced at the Hyperion Users Conference the following four areas of collaboration with Hyperion. • SSRS reporting from Essbase • HYSL System...
  • Chris Webb's BI Blog

    I found this Blog recently. It belongs to Chris Webb another of our new SQL Server MVPs.. Chris has mentioned in his blog about Reporting Services and server aggregates and raises an interesting issue ‘adding an explicit switch that allows treating...
  • TechNet Roadshow 2006 Birmingham

    Hi all I would like to mention the TechNet roadshow next week in Birmingham I am really looking forward to meeting up with lots of you there on Tuesday, please come up and say hello.