The "Dallas" information marketplace

Today I’m here in Washington DC, demo-ing in Bob Muglia’s keynote at our Worldwide Partner Conference. This time, I’m showing something quite new – not just a new product, but a new concept in data – Microsoft’s premium information marketplace codenamed “Dallas.” “Dallas” may be better known as a village of 200 or so people…

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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…

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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…

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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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SQL Server 2008 R2 & Office 2010: Better Together

Mary-Jo Foley recently wrote a blog post about being better together. At Microsoft this is something we take seriously. In her blog post she includes some snippets of an interview with Donald Famer. Donald discussed how we exchanged some team members with the Excel team in order to have a great integration story. Anyone in…

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Of Virtualization, Videos and VPs

My mentors at Microsoft have always told me, how important it is to get quality 1:1 time with senior figures in the company; the idea being to get good insights to strategy and a better handle on the executives’ various personalities and strengths. I don’t think my mentors had in mind that I should do…

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Bored by the HP / MSFT announcement? You Need to get out More

I’m in Tucson today, and you know what? The weather is warm and dry. Are you surprised? I guess not – what else would you expect? Yet every time I come here from Seattle (and man, Seattle was dark and wet and cold when I left this time) I find the simple intensity of the…

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T-SQL Words You Need to Stop Misspelling

For the last few days my inbox, Twitter and Facebook feeds have been full of advice about which words I should stop misspelling. To be fair, in English, I have relatively little problem, and any misspellings I do make may be sloppy, but rarely result in misunderstandings. On the other hand, there are some T-SQL usages that really do cause…

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My Top Ten SQL Server Bloggers of 2009

I think I may have set myself an all-but-impossible task: to choose ten bloggers who write about SQL Server, and who have been outstanding in the last year. Nearly impossible, not because I can’t find ten, but because there are so many more worthy of recognition.  In addition, many of those I will not be…

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Three suggestions for SQL Server DBAs in 2010

One of these days I really should blog about “dumb questions I have been asked at customer briefings.” There’s a danger in that, of course: namely, that a customer could equitably blog about “dumb answers I received from Donald Farmer.” Nevertheless, the other day, a CIO asked me an excellent question. “Aside from core skills,…

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