Improving MSN Search using SQL Server 2005

I’m finding new blogs on SQL Server and B.I. all the time, and the latest is this effort from Jamie Mac.  He recently posted about MSN Search and how it is leveraging the features of SQL Server 2005 Data Mining to get better results to users.  There is a video on Channel 9 that talks…

BBC at Mix06

I just finished watching a demo from the recent Mix06 conference in Las Vegas where Microsoft had a “72 hour conversation” with the leading voices in web development and technology.  Much of the talk was on Web 2.0 and the next gen of web applications, but there were some interesting speakers talking about content delivery….

SQL Server Query Optimization Blog

The guys over at the SQL Server Query Optimization team have started a new blog.  Should be a useful place to pick up some tips and tricks on getting your queries to run at the speed of light.


Virtual Labs

I’m not sure about the awareness of our “Virtual Labs”, (I know that I hadn’t heard about them before today), but I thought I would mention them as they are really useful for getting first hand experience of SQL Server 2005 and its features without having to install anything to your machine.  Here is the link:…


New SQL Server 2005 Reporting Packs

Yesterday we released eight new SQL Server 2005 Reporting Packs.  They provide some great examples of the way that Reporting Services can deliver business critical information to decision makers in your organisation. The packs demonstrate how to gather and present information from various sources, from the Dynamics product range to the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)…

New Name Decided!

Thanks for the suggestion by Tony Soper for my Blog’s title.  I was so taken with Magnum B.I. that I changed the name straight away!


Welcome one and all

Well hello, and welcome to my brand new blog! My plan for this little slice of internet real estate is to provide opinion, comment and information relating to SQL Server, Business Intelligence and things that I find generally interesting in technology. As you can tell by the current title of the blog, I am currently…