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  • Blog Post: The SQL Server Year in Review

    It's getting close to that time of year when you're going to start seeing lots of "the year in review" specials on television. I started in my new role working with our customers last December, so it seems only fitting that I take a moment and go over some of the highlights in the SQL Server community...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Now Supports Data-tier Applications

    As announced a few weeks ago on the SQL Azure blog , SQL Azure now supports Data-tier Applications which are introduced with Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. Here’s a quick tour of the feature. Here’s what I did: Launch Visual Studio 2010 and create a new Data-tier Application project Import...
  • Blog Post: Three suggestions for SQL Server DBAs in 2010

    One of these days I really should blog about "dumb questions I have been asked at customer briefings." There's a danger in that, of course: namely, that a customer could equitably blog about "dumb answers I received from Donald Farmer." Nevertheless, the other day, a CIO asked me an excellent question...
  • Blog Post: Great Example of a Simple Cost-Benefit Analysis

    I saw a post the other day that you should definitely go check out. It’s a cost/benefit decision, and although the author gives it a quick treatment and doesn’t take all points in the decision into account, you should focus on the process he follows. It’s a quick and simple example of the kind of thought...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft is in the Cloud - What does that mean for the Data Professional?

    There has been a lot of buzz lately about "the cloud" and what it means for IT, and the organizations they serve. I just finished watching Steve Ballmer deliver Microsoft's vision for the cloud , wondering if it would be different than the offerings of other firms. It feels like it is different....
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure – Let’s Get Started

    As you may know we've announced that Microsoft's cloud computing platform, Windows Azure , will have commercial availability as of the first day of the upcoming Professional Developer's Conference in Los Angeles on November 17th, 2009. In addition to data storage via Windows Azure, included in our...