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The "Dallas" information marketplace
Today I'm here in Washington DC, demo-ing in Bob Muglia's keynote at our Worldwide Partner Conference. This time, I'm showing something quite new - not just a new product, but a new concept in data - Microsoft's premium information marketplace codenamed "Dallas." "Dallas" may be better known as a...
9 Jul 2010
Who is PowerPivot for?
Ann All recently posted an interesting article at IT Business Edge: Microsoft’s Schizophrenic Approach to Business Intelligence . I’m not too insulted: I tend to agree with Janet Long that, “Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.” Ann’s argument is straightforward...
23 Jun 2010
SQL Server 2008 R2 Review
I like it when *other* people review Microsoft software. I still volunteer as a DBA, so I still use multiple versions of our own products (and comptetitors, by the way) in the "real world". That's how I normally present, that's how I teach at the University of Washington, and how I work with my Microsoft...
18 Jun 2010
Going to TechEd - Are You?
I hope you’re able to join me next week at TechEd 2010 U.S. In New Orleans, Louisiana. I love taking this time each year to learn in an environment where I’m “out of my element”. What I mean by that is I have not only SQL Server knowledge all around me, but also knowledge for...
3 Jun 2010
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...
5 May 2010
A quick word about upgrading from a CTP or Beta, or RC to the latest RTM product...
Just after a new release of SQL Server, I often get e-mails and calls from folks with this question: “Can I upgrade from Customer Technical Preview (CTP) x or Beta #x or Release Candidate (RC) to the “Released to Manufacturing” (RTM) version?” Unfortunately, no. Right up until the last minute, things...
28 Apr 2010
Reviewing SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM
This past week we released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing. This is a huge accomplishment for the team and our customers are anxious to get their hands on it. I came across one blog post that expressed disappointment that the only thing they could download was the evaluation edition – they couldn...
24 Apr 2010
Not Everyone is an Expert
I originally posted this on my blog but I think this audience might find it interesting. Yesterday I was having a conversation with the User Experience Program Manager on my team regarding two icons where one is supposed to represent an override of the other. It’s a deceptively simple problem. First...
16 Apr 2010
SQL Server 2008 R2 Free Book from Microsoft Press
Ross Mistry, a noted author on many Microsoft topics, has his latest book out, and it's on SQL Server 2008 R2. We're able to make that available to you for free in electronic form - just go here to pick up your copy: http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_press/archive/2010/04/14/free-ebook-introducing-microsoft...
15 Apr 2010
SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour Kicks-off on April 21st
One of the most exciting times in a product release cycle is when the launch festivities begin. In the product development team it means that we get to start the celebration! That is until we start work on the next release, which for us has already begun. The SQL PASS European conference in Neuss, Germany...
5 Apr 2010
SQL Server Makes the Cover of the Economist
OK, sort of. I've been a fan of the Economist magazine since a friend of mine in Florida introduced me to it years ago. Imagine my shock when I check out the latest issue and find a story about - Big Data! This is the kind of thing we think about all the time in the SQL Server group here at Microsoft...
19 Mar 2010
In my last posting I spoke about changing databases. In this posting I want to jump into a little more detail on some things to improve the success of your migration project. I’ll spare you the lecture on planning – but remember the best way to improve the success of any migration project is ensure you...
26 Feb 2010
Changing Database Platforms
I’m not sure why but there seems to be a lot of chatter lately about changing DB platforms. Information Technology Intelligence Corp ( ITIC ) recently ran a survey about DB migrations. You can find the result here (search the page for “ ITIC Sunbelt 2010 SQL Server Survey Results ”). At the risk of sounding...
16 Feb 2010
Planned versus Unplanned Work
Most data professionals are familiar with the term "planned downtime" and "unplanned downtime". The first is painful to ask for, and the second is painful to explain. We strive not to have either. SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 have introduced features, such as better recovery from corrupt...
29 Jan 2010
T-SQL Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
For the last few days my inbox, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of advice about which words I should stop misspelling. To be fair, in English, I have relatively little problem, and any misspellings I do make may be sloppy, but rarely result in misunderstandings. On the other hand, there...
31 Dec 2009
My Top Ten SQL Server Bloggers of 2009
I think I may have set myself an all-but-impossible task: to choose ten bloggers who write about SQL Server, and who have been outstanding in the last year. Nearly impossible, not because I can't find ten, but because there are so many more worthy of recognition. In addition, many of those I will not...
28 Dec 2009
Active Thankfulness and SQL Server Professionals
A few countries around the world have a day set aside for giving thanks - and some do it all year long. We stop to give thanks to those who have made us what we are, and those in the past and present who have given us the benefits that we enjoy. From teachers to family, we owe them a lot. I've noticed...
1 Dec 2009
Buck Woody - Microsoft's "Real World DBA"
Hello, I'm Buck Woody - Microsoft's "Real World DBA". I go by that title not because I'm a DBA here (we do have a lot of those, though) but because for over 25 years I've worked as a Data Professional. I've worked at organizations from NASA facilities to hospitals, and from legal offices to manufacturing...
25 Nov 2009
SQLPASS Summit Recap
Yesterday the was the final day of the SQLPASS Summit. Today we have our last Insiders’ Session. There are numerous conference statistics I could site but the one I think says it all is 2,200+. This is the number of attendees. That’s a lot of people gathered in a single place to talk about SQL Server...
6 Nov 2009
SQLPASS Community Summit Preview
The SQLPASS Community Summit is one of the most exciting annual conferences for the SQL Server team. Bringing together thousands of professionals to talk about SQL Server is simply amazing. Last year I had the honor of standing on stage with Ted Kummert (Senior Vice President for the Business Platform...
30 Oct 2009
Were you in Las Vegas last week? If you attended the SharePoint conference in the Mandalay Bay resort, you probably thought you were. But Las Vegas is famously a city of facades, illusions and well-kept secrets. Caesars Palace isn't really Rome, nor the Venetian, Venice. My favourite illusion is...
26 Oct 2009
Introduction From Quentin Clark
By way of introduction, I run a team in SQL Server called Database Systems Group. It’s the engineering team that builds the relational systems for SQL. The single largest piece of this is the core RDBMS itself (usually referred to around here as The Engine), and the most closely-related components supporting...
8 Oct 2009
Does Consolidation = Virtualization?
In early 2001 I worked @ a start-up company with about 150 people. I call it a start-up because it had no revenue but did have free breakfast, lunch and dinner. @ the company there were five people named Michelle and six named Dan (including yours truly). One day the VP of operations got confused about...
2 Oct 2009
What a Shocking Bad Hat!
Nineteenth century London was famous, or perhaps notorious, for the jokey catchphrases heard in its streets. They sprang from who-knows-where and spread around the city, amongst urchins and gentry alike, in a matter of hours. Charles MacKay, in his classic Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the...
26 Sep 2009
Welcome from Lynn Langit: Who I Am and What I Do Around Here
I wanted to first introduce myself to the community as an upcoming contributor for the BIEB (Because Its Everyone's Business) blog. My name is Lynn Langit and I have been a Developer Evanglist in Southern Califonia for about 3 years. Prior I ran my own .NET development company where I was lead architect...
15 Sep 2009
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