Playing with Power View

I’ve been playing around with Power View (formerly codename Project Crescent). I started with a simple PowerPivot file I’d created to analyse the transactions of a small dog grooming salon (I wanted something different from the usual Contoso demos). It was a simple matter to publish this PowerPivot file to a PowerPivot gallery in SharePoint…


SharePoint: The Bigger Picture

I’m organising an event in Microsoft’s London office on 5th December. The name of the event is SharePoint: The Bigger Picture and the aim is to talk to partners who do some work with SharePoint but who aren’t taking advantage of all the capabilities. We’ll be talking about the range of high-end capabilities SharePoint can…


Two and a half minutes of awesome

These guys at SQL PASS presented on using Kinect to interact with SQL. Create databases by raising your arms. Delete databases by kicking them away. Back up databases by bringing your arms back. Awesome!


SQL Server Enterprise vs Standard

SQL Server 2008 R2 comes with a lot of features and functionality. Even the Standard version has a long list of capabilities to set DBAs drooling. But then there’s the Enterprise version. A question that comes up, more often than we’d like, is, “Why would I need Enterprise?” If there are so many features available…


Build Keynote

Like a lot of people around the world, I’ve been watching the Build Keynote. During this opening of the Build Conference, Steven Sinofsky presented about the upcoming Windows 8 and there were a lot of demos. The first lot of demos focused on the new Metro UI, which seems geared particularly for slate devices. It…


SQL Denali Demo Machine

SQL Server codename Denali is in beta and the third preview has been available for a little while, which is great if you have the time and inclination to install, configure and run Denali for yourself. If you want to make use of a demo machine that someone else has already configured, there’s one now available…


SQL Bits 9: Query Across the Mersey

Registration is open for the 9th SQL Bits, this time being held in Liverpool. The conference runs from 29th September to 1st October and includes some top speakers talking all things SQL Server. Find out more or register here:


SQL Server Denali Product Guide

There is a new Product Guide available for SQL Server Codename Denali, the next version of SQL Server. This product guide includes PowerPoint decks, technical whitepapers, datasheets, demonstrations and more. If you want to see what’s coming in the next version of SQL, take a look.


BI Practice Accelerator

There is a new training offering for partners on Business Intelligence. The Practice Accelerator is a technical learning offering, delivered in a series of webinars over 4 days, giving 16 hours of online training in total. As well as this, the offering includes documentation, guides, hands on lab and other materials that can be used…


BI market growth

BI is a big opportunity for partners. Gartner recently released analysis of the BI market and found that spending on BI and analytics software had increased by 13.4 per cent in 2010. This is a huge jump, particularly considering the tight budgets worldwide at the moment. Maybe the recession has played a part in the…