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  • Blog Post: Girly Geek Question Maintenance clean up task

    I attended the Girly Geek Dinner last night in London this was really well attended all our team were there. I really enjoyed it; I would like to thank all those I had a chance to speak with for making me welcome. Hopefully I will attend the next one and speak to some more of you. I had a few questions...
  • Blog Post: 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.
  • Blog Post: 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 18:30 till 21:00 SQL Server 2005: A Technical Overview...
  • Blog Post: 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 Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. ...
  • Blog Post: 2006 PASS Community Summit

    I thought I should share this with you. A great event for IT Pros and Developers in November in Seattle . November is a busy month and I can’t make this. Simon asked me a couple of weeks ago but it clashes with a previous commitment in Barcelona the same week. The event is being held in Seattle on...
  • Blog Post: An Evening of Business Intelligence - Chris Webb and Friends

    Chris Webb has arranged in conjunction with Tony from UK SQL User Group . Another evening of BI fun. David Parker (MVP) will be speaking about using Visio to visualise your data. Sanjay Nayyar (IMGroup) will be talking about using Microsoft BI and Reporting services with SAP. The event will be on...
  • Blog Post: Oracle on Windows a partnership?

    An interesting thing happened to me on the way to the office today. I turned of at the beginning of Thames Valley Park into the land of Oracle. I usually drive straight past to the last roundabout so it was quite strange. I was attending an event for the UK Oracle User Group (UK OUG) Special Interest...
  • Blog Post: 'Introduction to Report Services' Event in Edinburgh 7 Nov

    I have just got back from the TechNet Event in Edinburgh. Having it in the afternoon rather than the evening seemed to go down very well. We had to bring in extra chairs to fit everyone in. There were a couple of questions about resources for Report Services . A lot of the white papers are located...
  • Blog Post: 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 a complicated Demo for DFS but you did not get...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005: An Introduction - Event

    Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005: An Introduction 27 September 2006 18:30 - 27 September 2006 21:00 GMT, London Welcome Time: 18:00 Language: English Microsoft Ltd Chicago 1&2 Building 3 Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading Berkshire RG6 1WG United Kingdom General...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2007

    Hi all now that the launch event is past and we are into a new year, the next Event to look forward to is The Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2007 . The show will visit 5 locations starting on the 20 Feb and finishing on the 20 Mar. There will be sessions on Vista, Office and Exchange. New for this year...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at UK Oracle User Group conference

    Just to bring you up to date last week I was in Birmingham at the UK Oracle User Group for three days. The rest of the team were at IT Forum in Barcelona. I was manning the Microsoft stand in Birmingham. ‘Ah’ I hear you say and I was asked several times. ‘What is Microsoft doing at an Oracle conference...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 and BI

    This has been a busy week! I attended a TechNet event in Reading last night 20-Sept-06 On SharePoint the presenter was Nick Swan an MVP who also looks after the SharePoint User Group UK . Eileen asked me to make sure everything was ok with Nick as this was his first TechNet event for us. I also wanted...
  • Blog Post: 02 June 2006: SQL Server 2005- One-day Technical Overview.

    Keith Burns and I presented a one day technical overview looking at upgrading to SQL 2005 to an audience of 200+ at Cavendish Conference centre in London. Jim Gray presented the keynote speech and then left to go to another meeting and have lunch with some of the Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVP)...
  • Blog Post: SQL Technet Events in November (UK)

    We are starting to provide TechNet events around the Uk rather than just in London. so please give us feedback. Do check the details for the sessions as some of them may be during day rather than evening sessions. 07 November 2006, Edinburgh: Enhance your business’s reporting capability: An introduction...
  • Blog Post: An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services - Reading Event - 06 Sept

    An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services - Reading Event - 06 Sept 06 September 2006 18:30 - 06 September 2006 21:00 GMT, London Welcome Time: 18:00 Language: English Microsoft Ltd Chicago 1&2 Building 3 Microsoft Campus Thames Valley Park Reading Berkshire RG6 1WG...
  • Blog Post: Access User Group - Info

    Hi Derek http://www.workerthread.com brought this to my attention. So I thought I would give it a mention it is the website of the UK Access User Group http://www.ukaug.co.uk/ . They do have some information on SQL Express on the site. I have been asked to present a session at an event for them later...
  • Blog Post: 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 May in Birmingham. Instead of mixing the Developer...
  • Blog Post: Scottish SQL User Group meeting next week (6th Dec) - Edinburgh

    Hi all. Earlier this year we tried to get a Scottish User Group for SQL Server. Martin Bell has agreed to try and kick start it of again. Tony Rogerson is supporting Martin. Please come along and show your support for this. There will be a prize for the best subject idea for future sessions. If anyone...
  • Blog Post: Meeting with Jim Gray Microsoft Research

    Thought I should catch up with my posts again so here goes. Thursday I was in London at the Microsoft offices for a meeting with Jim Gray this was prior to the upgrade day at Cavendish where Jim was presenting the keynote speech. Keith Burns and I were to follow him with a whole day of sessions on Upgrading...
  • Blog Post: The first BIZTALK USER GROUP UK (BTUGUK) Event

    I had a great night last night I attended the first BTUGUK (BizTalk User Group UK) event . It was held at the Microsoft location in London. The session was hosted by Richard Blewett who I think did a great job presenting some of the new features in BizTalk 2006. He made the session interactive to find...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk user group UK (BTUGUK)

    At the meeting last month there was a draw for completeing the session evaluations, Mark Russell was the winner of some BizTalk style swag. I just wanted to highlight some of the points Richard has raised. The next meeting will be in January more details later. He is also looking for a venue for the...
  • Blog Post: Resources - 'An introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services' - Reading Event - 06 Sept

    These are some resources I found to be very useful for you after the Reading event There are two webcasts then a lot of links to various information. Do look at Brian Welcker's Weblog there is lots of useful information there. TechNet Webcast: Introduction to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services (Level...
  • Blog Post: 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 to SQL Server 2005 so if you missed it please...
  • Blog Post: 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 town although I left when I was eight years old...