Getting Started with Power BI

As often happens – I meet a series of customers who are keen to learn about something, Power BI in this case, and I collate a growing list of useful links and things to get started with. So here’s my current list for Power BI. Complete Power BI course Also on YouTube Data Analysis Expressions…


Getting Started with Microsoft Azure AI

For a list of Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services and demonstrations you can use with your own inputs (voice, images, text etc), please see (Exploring these services has to be one of the most fun activities you can have whilst maintaining a legitimate claim to be working diligently.)   Microsoft’s Machine Learning capability is very…


I’m back, but I’m not who I used to be

After an 11 year break – I’m coming back to blogging – but I’m not who I used to be. I started this blog way back in 2005, when I was a SQL Server Evangelist. In 2006 I returned to Enterprise sales and I couldn’t the find time to properly share my learnings on this…


Free SAP Customer Workshops "How Microsoft Runs SAP" Munich on February 7, 2006 and in Brussels on February 9, 2006.

These courses rarely come to Europe – so if you’re interested be quick! From the blurb:- We would like to invite you to attend the upcoming SAP Customer Workshop about How Microsoft Runs SAP. The same session will be held in Munich on February 7, 2006 and in Brussels on February 9, 2006. The heart…


SQL 2005 Metadata Samples Toolkit and whitepaper now available

Reposted 10/1/06 to include in ‘free tools’ category  I’m constantly asked “what’s Microsoft doing about metadata and do we have a solution.” In the old days (SQl 2000 and 7), Microsoft provided Meta Data Services, a platform designed to help tools and applications manage metadata and information models more effectively. It included the Open Information…


New Performance Troubleshooting Guide for SQL2005

Many things have changed with SQL 2005, correspondingly we have to change the way we think about troubleshooting performance problems.  The most significant change is the advent of the new Dynamic Management Views (DMV), these are going to take some getting used to and this article helps significantly.  There’s some really good stuff around identifying…


New SQL 2005 code samples available

I guess now the pressure is off to release the product we’ll see more useful samples comming out of corp; here’s a link to the latest December update:  


Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – November 2005

Overview The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone install packages that provide additional value for SQL Server 2005. It includes: Latest versions of redistributable components for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of add-on providers for SQL Server 2005 Latest versions of backward compatibility components for SQL Server 2005


Get the facts about deploying and using Microsoft® SQL Server 2005TM

Our launch roadshow, here in the UK, was totally over subscribed.  So here’s another chance to gem up on the plethora of new capabilities. Experts from Scalability, DevelopMentor, and Solid Quality Learning will present practical, real-world information in three tracks covering administration, development and business intelligence Register NOW You’ve got to be quick!


Slides from the SQL Server Launch in Birmingham UK

During, what I hope was viewed as a successful day,  many people asked where they could find the slides for the technical sessions.You will be able to find them @  – but you may have to wait a couple of days before they actually get loaded. Hope those of you attended enjoyed the event. …