Save money by incorporating best practices for Data Warehousing

I just read an article called Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 that is worth your reading. The article covers some of the most important data warehousing features in SQL Server 2008 and outlines best practices for using them effectively. In addition, it covers some of the more general best practices for…

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Running Office SharePoint and SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V environment

Because PerformancePoint Server is integrated with SQL Server and Office SharePoint Server (or WSS), I want to mention Dan Wesley’s post regarding support and guidance for deploying Office SharePoint Server on Hyper-V in a TechNet article, Using SharePoint Products and Technologies in a Hyper-V virtual environment. It describes a series of tests that were run…

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The economy, software, and business intelligence

I just read Generating positive PR for the IT department and a couple of trends seem evident. · “A majority of IT executives polled worry most about IT and business alignment.” IT and business: Separate but equal no more · IT needs to better communicate its services and ultimately its value to the business. The…

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PerformancePoint Server SP2: Hyper-V is supported

IT Pro writer, Hal, wrote a great post about PerformancePoint Server (PPS) Service Pack 2 here. I want to add that there is no better time than the present to communicate the potential cost savings that come from consolidating server hardware using Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. PPS Service Pack 2 now supports Hyper-V. Consider…

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PerformancePoint SP2 is now LIVE!

Hal here with a quick update. PerformancePoint Server SP2 is LIVE!. The PerformancePoint Server Service Pack 2 (SP2) update has just released and is ready for download and installation.  Find it here: 32bit – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a0990a7e-81cd-4080-b95b-2aeda981f4eb&DisplayLang=en  64bit – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a0990a7e-81cd-4080-b95b-2aeda981f4eb&DisplayLang=en Find our TechNet Documentation for SP2 here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc514367.aspx   This SP2 update covers both Planning and Monitoring Server…

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Management Reporter revisited

Management Reporter The new, free add-on to PPS, Management Reporter, deserves more press. As Andrew Fryer said it, the reporting tool launched, “very quietly, in fact so quietly that you would only know about it by searching for it by name…” Andrew provides some vision and purpose saying “one of the worst reporting headaches is…

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