Join the Free Big Data Webinar on 13th August 2013

        Equipped for the Future Find out how your organisation can gain rich insights through data-driven decision-making, without having a set of technical experts.          Register Now Turning Data into Dollars – leveraging Business Intelligence to grow your business 13 August at 1pm AEST    Featured Speakers            …


Free Master Data Management Seminar in Sydney – 2nd August 2013

        According to Gartner, managing Master Data (MDM) is critical to achieving effective information governance.  Failure to do so can lead to customer attrition, increased support costs, lost revenue opportunity and eventual business contraction. Microsoft and Profisee are changing the way companies around the world manage Master Data and tackle data quality,…


Videos: Microsoft BIG Data

Big Data videos released to YouTube A Growing World of Data – Part 1 of a 4 part series on Microsoft’s unique approach to Business Intelligence and Big Data –       The World of Big Data – Part 2 of a 4 part series on Microsoft’s unique approach to Business Intelligence and Big Data…


SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 4 Released!

  SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 4 incorporates fixes to 41 issues. It is available to download form the following knowledge base article link – Public KB Article. In addition to the fixes the CU contains the following improvement: Power View Connectivity to Multidimensional Models Power View connectivity to multidimensional models – enabling you…


Rest “Azure-d” we’re coming Down Under!

We’re excited to announce that we are expanding Windows Azure with a new region for Australia. This will allow us to deliver all Windows Azure services from two geographically redundant sites within Australia, to make the cloud work even better for you.   But wait. There’s more. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS) is also here….


Sydney Event – Thursday 6th June 2013 – Learn how DP World gained real-time insight into their business using Mobile BI

Learn how DP World gained real-time insight into their businessDP World, one of the largest marine terminal operators with more than 65 terminals across six continents, has recently implemented a Business Intelligence (BI) solution in partnership with Altis Consulting and Microsoft. The company now delivers real-time key performance indicators to field users in a format…


TechEd Australia 2013: Call for Topics is Live!

     Planning for TechEd Australia 2013! Is happening.  This year I have the opportunity be track owner for the Database & BI track along with my colleagues Simon Brown, Kristina Rumpuff and Agnes Panosian. Today I would like to announce that call for topics is now open for submissions.  This is the first of many…


Windows Azure Virtual Machines now available

Now available – Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, which includes Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks to keep your Windows Azure connected to your on-premises infrastructure and applications. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services provide the robust cloud infrastructure that is needed to run SQL Server and many of the applications that rely on SQL Server. With Windows Azure…


SQL Server 2000 Support Ending

Almost 13 years after it was released on 30th November 2000, SQL Server 2000 will be coming out of extended support from the 9th of April 2013 (next week). This means that SQL Server 2000 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. To find out more about the Microsoft Support Lifecycle refer to here. What…


Big Data in Cloud with HDInsight Service Preview

Preview of the Windows Azure HDInsight Service — our cloud-based distribution of Hadoop – is broadly available through the Windows Azure Portal. The Windows Azure HDInsight Service is built on the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure long term compatibility with Apache Hadoop, while providing customers with the low cost and elasticity of cloud computing. Starting…