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,…


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…


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…


Briefing: Mission Critical Confidence in the Enterprise

  High availability, manageability, performance, scalability, security and compliance – a heavy  set of requirements for meeting the needs of a mission critical workload.  SQL Server 2012 is setting the new standard for these criteria —helping customers achieve the uptime and performance they need at a low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), backed by built-in…


Technical Case Study: Klout implementation of Analysis Services over Hive (Big Data)

Klout ( measures influence across the social web by analyzing social network user data. Klout uses the impact of opinions, links, and recommendations to identify influential individuals. Every day Klout scans 15 social networks, scores hundreds of millions of profiles, and processes over 12 billion data points. The Klout data warehouse, which relies on Apache…


SQL Server Technical Bootcamps for Service Providers

  This is an invite-only, technical boot camp for Hosting Service Providers that offers 300 level training of SQL Server 2012. This two day training with labs shows how Microsoft SQL Server 2012 can be used by Hosting Service Providers to enhance their existing database service offerings and build out new offerings such as high…


Windows Server 2012 has released

Today marks the General Availability of Windows Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, providing customers and partners with a modern platform for their applications.  It is the world’s first server that is “built from the cloud up”. Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system from…


Free Ebooks from MS Press

  In case you missed this announcement, I am including the link s below to free ebooks from Microsoft Press. Don’t worry just because they are free they are not about out dated technologies, they are actually current versions such as Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, etc. Please leverage this great resource as you…


Step by Step: Setting up Linux ODBC driver for SQL Server

After setting up Redhat Linux 6.3 in Hyper V image follow the instructions outlined on TechNet – to install the Driver Manager.                                     1) Go to unixODBC ( page and select Download 2) Download the unixODBC-2.3.0 version….


I have had my head in the cloud lately…..

With the launch of the Virtual Machine preview on Windows Azure along with Media Services and Websites I have been busy just setting up a few environments. It has been really easy to spin up new VMs very quickly – literally in few clicks once you have registered for the preview for Virtual Machine. What’s…