Thank you Microsoft, reflecting on over 8 years on Microsoft Campus!

The road to Redmond… When I was 16, like many other kids I studying and getting A+ grades wasn't really my first priority, but 'things' rather came naturally for me, and with very little effort studying I got some descent grades.German and math however, was something that I didn't like to study, and unfortunately my…

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I am probably the worst content submitter for an event…

I am probably the worst content submitter for an event… Some blog readers will likely disagree with this, but if your purpose of writing a session title and abstract for a conference is “To get the conference attendees to participate and come to my session”, you are DEAD WRONG! Very little time is spent in…

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the Grinch that stole our Christmas – gone viral – data insights

The joy of online shopping versus trying to find a parking spot at the mall Just like many other people, for this year's Christmas, we decided to order some items online to avoid busy shopping lines at stores and get some really good deals.We decided not to procrastinate and actually get our packages delivered on…


This presentation is all about me – presentation skills part 1: Food for thought…

As content owner for some of the public facing events at Microsoft, I have the great honor to work with very respectful people in our industry, and big names that drive a significant amount of attendance to their sessions at events.I also have the great honor to review session content, and presentations prior to events,…

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How Data Quality can make you feel less of a "donky"

    I first wanted to highlight, specifically in this post, that I am a Microsoft Employee, not a spokesman for the company, and that this opinion is pure personal and might be different from the vision my employer has.Now we have that out of the way — I kind of feel like a “donky”…


Automating the installation of my BI Demo platform with Data Explorer, Geoflow, Visual Studio 2012, BI Projects and Database Projects, SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU3

Automated and unattended installations Being able to install software fully automated can significantly reduce download times, walking through many graphical setup tools and waiting to provide options, that you can typically fully automate.The following use case scenario will show you why, and will give you insights on how I was able to install 5 Surface Pros…

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I lost over 15 pounds (7 kilo) and so can you – thanks to #Azure and #Surface

Priority Lanes, Heavy weights and lifting, and no storage space You’ve probably been there, getting on a flight, and if you’re a frequent flyer like many of us in the IT industry you probably want to get on the flight early to claim the often limited storage space available for all your stuff.The laptop bag,…


Automating installation of SQL Server, SSDT, Office 2013 and Visual Studio 2012

Automated and unattended installations Being able to install software fully automated can significantly reduce download times, walking through many graphical setup tools and waiting to provide options, that you can typically fully automate.The following use case scenario will show you why, and will give you insights on how I was able to install 5 Surface Pros…

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custom skins for Surface and Surface Pro

As I wanted to give a more personal touch to our Surface and my Surface Pro, I decided to look for custom skins. There actually is a great offer that runs through the Microsoft Stores. The store offers a customized skin for Surface RT, with direct print options and they even apply it for you.To…


get your hands dirty with SQL Server 2012 SP1

Today I am happy to share with you that we released our updated hands-on-labs to our public portal. On www.microsoft.com/sqlserverlabs you’ll find a set of pre-configured hands-on-labs that will allow you to get your hands dirty on the latest and greatest technology and features in SQL Server 2012. The nice thing about our labs is…

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