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  • Blog Post: Application Platform Knowledge Hub

    Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look.  When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are ...read more
  • Blog Post: What’s good in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services

    This is a guest post by Allan Mitchell MVP, and one of the top speakers at SQL Bits   The launch of SQL Server 2012 is not too far away and the SQL Server team have been hard at work adding new functionality and also improving upon existing features ...read more
  • Blog Post: From reports to insight: How Microsoft’s Finance team is benefiting from Microsoft business intelligence technology

    Business intelligence sounds like something every company would want, but what does it mean in practice? We spoke to Paul Marten, Senior Finance Controller for Microsoft’s UK Business and Support unit to find out how he is using Microsoft’s own BI software to transform the role of finance. Over the last...
  • Blog Post: Experiencing Business Intelligence First Hand

    Business Intelligence (BI) and its sibling Big Data are top IT industry buzzwords. But what do they mean in practice? How do business people actually benefit from them? In an attempt to bridge the gap between the hype and the reality, I spent a morning with Umair Waheed, a BI wizard at Microsoft, and...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Part 3–Highly Available BI: Me , Myself and I

    About Chris Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical...
  • Blog Post: New – business intelligence scenarios info on TechNet

    Have a look at this great new business insights resource page on TechNet. As well as exploring what’s there, you can tell us what else you’d like to see. Here’s the lowdown: Microsoft business intelligence (BI) expands the reach of your investments in the Microsoft productivity platform, data infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Want to know more about using Bing Maps as a business intelligence solution?

    Are you a decision maker in your business? If so, Bing Maps and The Ridgian Group would like to invite you to join them on 1st February for a Live Meeting about Corporate Business Intelligence using Bing Maps . Come and find out how you can use Business Intelligence to address your key business priorities...
  • Blog Post: SQL Relay 2012

    Four cities,  in four days makes for one tired evangelist, so why am I doing SQL Relay with the SQL community I hear you ask.  Well that’s your answer really -  I can’t hear you ask anything when I am sat in darkest Surrey blogging away so I am actually doing these events not so much to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Valuable Penguin

    I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals really nervous...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011

    Save a space in your diary for the upcoming Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011, taking place on 2 March. Here’s an overview – if you’d like to know more you’ll find the full agenda and registration details here . Overview Business Intelligence enables your organisation to turn facts and information...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Seven Worlds will collide… High Availability BI is not such a Distant Sun

    Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical reviewer...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Something So Strong – Completing the High Availability BI Infrastructure

    Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical reviewer...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 editions and dependencies

    You may have seen that there are going to be some changes to the way SQL Server 2012 is licensed and the editions available, if you haven’t then the detail is here . What I want to cover off in this post is what the various new features depend on ...read more
  • Blog Post: The Future of Microsoft BI

    PASS collided with TechEd Berlin this year so I only got to see all the Denali announcements, on the video streams. Business intelligence (BI) is once again front and centre and while there are significant improvements to scale and performance, the main effort has been to improve agility and ease of...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1

    If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes.  Apart from the confusion over when to...
  • Blog Post: The week that was on the UK TechNet blog - 24-28 January

    That’s all for another week, folks. Here’s what the TechNet team’s been gassing about over the last five days: Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011 A Day in the Life of David Lynch, Microsoft Senior Support Engineer Win with the Windows 7 deployment learning portal Tech.Days online – live webinars...
  • Blog Post: HD Insight

    Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . ,  So extending this approach...