The Year of Hindsight: 2020

With the year 2020 now less than a decade away, my esteemed colleague Juergen Imhoff and I have put together the following “fictional roadmap” representing upcoming technology and business themes or events. Keep in mind this blog posting in no way reflects Microsoft’s official position, any special personal insight, or any overt or implied guarantees one way or…


BI: The New Pervasive Mission-Critical Application

I have been thinking about Business Intelligence and Business Analytics the last few weeks. In my earliest days designing and supporting BI, data marts, and data warehousing systems in the late 1990s, the work I did was aimed at something typically less-than-critical. Back then, my customers ran Oracle and SAP Data Warehouses with a sprinkling of…


Experiences with SQL Server Database Compression

I want to share some customer experiences with database compression we gathered in a large SAP migration project in EMEA. Most of the public available data about SAP database compression ratios only shows values for compression of an existing SQL Server database, like:  ·         Using SQL Server Database Compression with SAP NetWeaver: http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/50c5de8f-282a-2e10-cb8a-a5859a0994a4?QuickLink=index&overridelayout=true ·         Quanta…