PowerPivot passes a landmark in downloads

In the middle of May, just about 6 weeks ago, the SQL Server BI team launched PowerPivot. This weekend, we have we passed an important milestone: 100,000 downloads of the Excel add-in. For a BI application, this really is a huge number. I guess it truly underscores something we have said all along: that PowerPivot…


Community and the SQL Server Presence

You’ve probably seen some press lately about how pervasive Microsoft is in lots of areas (here, here and here). We’ve also seen SQL Server show up in more and more enterprises – you can read lots of case studies here. There are lots of reasons that you’re seeing SQL Server numbers grow – we’re less…


What’s the Best?

I monitor a number of different database discussion forums and you can always find a healthy debate on the best database platform. The problem with this question is the answer is always, it depends. It depends on the business and technical requirements today and over the next few years. We just published a case study…


Who is PowerPivot for?

Ann All recently posted an interesting article at IT Business Edge: Microsoft’s Schizophrenic Approach to Business Intelligence. I’m not too insulted: I tend to agree with Janet Long that, “Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.”   Ann’s argument is straightforward enough. We have said that we hope to win fans in…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Review

I like it when *other* people review Microsoft software. I still volunteer as a DBA, so I still use multiple versions of our own products (and comptetitors, by the way) in the “real world”. That’s how I normally present, that’s how I teach at the University of Washington, and how I work with my Microsoft…


He cares! He really cares!

I first met Sean McCown when I worked on the team developing SQL Server Integration Services. Sean was simultaneously one of our most active supporters and one of our most trenchant critics. He can very – what’s the word? – very forthright. You know, blunt, outspoken and generally on the money. So, I keep a look-out…

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TechEd 2010 (US) Recap – New Orleans, LA

Well, I’ve almost recovered from TechEd this year. I had a fantastic time – learning, teaching and most of all, interacting. I’m really glad that Microsoft stuck with New Orleans – they’ve had a tough go of it since Katrina, but the city didn’t show a trace. It was clean, positive and vibrant. Lil’ Buck…

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Going to TechEd – Are You?

I hope you’re able to join me next week at TechEd 2010 U.S. In New Orleans, Louisiana. I love taking this time each year to learn in an environment where I’m “out of my element”. What I mean by that is I have not only SQL Server knowledge all around me, but also knowledge for…