Melville Thomson's Blog

Data, SQL and Windows Technologies

May, 2006

  • Microsoft SQL Server Webcast for June

    TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) Using the Kimball Method (Level 200) Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time Warren Thornthwaite, Speaker, Kimball Group Real success in business intelligence (BI) is defined...
  • Should I move to SQL 2005? (Future Matters)

    I just want to say WOW. Eileen and I went straight from the Birmingham roadshow to Manchester. We presented sessions for Unisys at Their Future Matters Conference today the 3rd of May. That is the reason for the WOW! The conference was at the Manchester...
  • SQL Server 2005 Express Editions and Downloads

    I had a question from Martin at the roadshow in Birmingham. He had been given a copy of visual studio at an Microsoft Developer event. Now being a SQL DBA Martin was interested in evaluating SQL Express edition that came with it. Everything installed...
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 Conditional Formating

    A lot of you out there like to use Excel for your reporting, there are some great features in Excel 2007 to support conditional formatting. Take a look at this blog ‘Microsoft Excel 2007 (nee Excel 12)’ where David shows you some tricks with conditional...
  • Helpful SQL Server 2000 Resources

    Here is a brilliant post from deepakc he works as a Premier Field Engineer based in Bangalore. He has provided a list of SQL Server Support Resources categorised by feature. I do recommend that if you are looking to fix a problem with SQL try here first...
  • Suggestions for setting up a SQL Server for development

    I was asked at the road show by Will about setting up a machine to use for development. It just so happens that I came across a post by Tony Rogerson the other week where he gives some excellent advice ‘ Developer notes for setting up SQL Server '. Installing...
  • The 2006 TechNet Roadshow Edinburgh

    Last week on the 22nd we were in Edinburgh presenting the Roadshow at Dynamic Earth , despite it being a public holiday it was very well attended. It was great to be in Edinburgh again there were still a few childhood memories; yes Edinburgh is my home...
  • BI Event 22nd June Reading

    Great news Chris Webb is looking to try and set up a UK BI User Group. I think this was through a discussion with Tony Rogerson from the UK SQL User Group There will be an event in Reading on the evening of the 22nd June you can register for the event...
  • SQL Server 2005 A Technical Overview, 11 May feed back

    I presented for a TechNet evening in Reading “SQL Server 2005 A Technical Overview” on the 11 May. I was asked several questions which I would like feed back on: Database partitioning this is a huge subject and would need a session on its own to do...
  • Launch of BizTalk Server TechCenter

    Here is another great resource Microsoft BizTalk Server TechCenter . Here you will find a central resource for most of your BizTalk needs. The BizTalk Server Team Blog also mentions the center. There is access to: Gettingstarted. Technical docs...
  • SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase CTP1 available

    We are now accepting nominations for the SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for Sybase Technology Adoption Program. Send your nominations as soon as possible James has mentioned this on his blog. There are some great benefits to being involved at...
  • TechNet Roadshow 2006 Birmingham Update

    On Tuesday the Birmingham event took place to a packed audience, I heard various numbers passed around but it was very close to 600 of you. It was good to be in Birmingham again I met lots of familiar faces which was really great. I did attempt quite...
  • Upgrading to SQL Server 2005

    Great news Claire sent this information to me about Tony he is an MVP and runs the UK SQL Server Community. The session that he re-delivered from the IT Forum Highlights in Reading has been made into an Its Showtime Video by EMEA the session was ‘ Upgrading...