Book Recommendation from Buck Woody

Buck is re-reading the “Fourth Paradigm” book by Microsoft Research. He is particularly intrigued by data design section. Read Buck’s entire blog post on his Carpe Datum blog. Looking for something to read in the next couple of weeks? Check out the book…. Read more

PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available

Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP. Today we are excited to share that the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot downloads for Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are now available! To download PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, please go here: PowerPivot for Excel provides… Read more

Helping Customers of All Sizes Improve Business Planning and Consolidations

SAP issued a press release today announcing the Microsoft support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) version for the Microsoft platform. This relationship gives us another option to meet customer and partner demand for a budgeting & planning application built on top of the Microsoft platform. The application leverages Microsoft Office, including tight integration… Read more

Announcing the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

At the PASS Summit 2009 last week, Ted Kummert announced the soon-to-be-delivered November SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Technology Preview. We’re happy to announce that it is available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and it will be available to the general public on November 11th.  Go to to get more information and to… Read more

Day 3 at PASS Summit 2009

David Dewitt presented today’s keynote. He promised to be detailed and he delivered! The tweets were all about the great info he presented and if his presentation would be on the PASS Summit DVD. David drilled into a level of detail and people were eating it up (they also want to see his presentation again… Read more

Day 2 at PASS Summit 2009

Tom Casey took the stage and dazzled the crowd with PowerPivot demos. You could hear the mad clicking of keys as the bloggers wrote about what they saw. The expo hall was hopping as attendees chatted with Microsoft reps about the SQL Server technologies. And as day two comes to a close, everyone is getting… Read more

Tom Casey PASS Twitterview

Today at the PASS 2009 Summit the spotlight was on business intelligence (BI) with a keynote from Tom Casey, general manager, SQL Server BI at Microsoft. Tom noted during his keynote that more than 30 percent of PASS attendees this year noted BI as a priority track. To respond to the increasing interest in BI,… Read more

Ted Kummert PASS Twitterview

Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the business platform division at Microsoft, spoke yesterday to a live audience of more than 2,000 attendees at the PASS 2009 Summit in Seattle, Washington. After his keynote he answered questions from attendees on Twitter. If you didn’t have a chance to follow the twitterview live, below is a… Read more

PASS Summit Day 1 Keynotes

From the blogger’s table at PASS: Bob Muglia got the energy going in the room (and the AC/DC helped). He remembered the early days of SQL Server, saying “we’ve come a long way, baby.” After Bob, Ted Kummert took the stage and has been joined by various demoers (is that a word?) to show how… Read more

Enterprise scalability one focus for PASS 2009 Summit

This is a long post, but there is so much happening at PASS! During the opening keynote at the PASS 2009 Summit, Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division, highlighted Microsoft’s continued commitment to mission critical workloads, announcing the upcoming delivery of the November CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Microsoft… Read more