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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Where Do Your DBAs Spend Their Time?

In a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon was excited to spend the evening reinstalling the OS and apps on his laptop. My wife asked me if I would find that fun. I had to admit that it wouldn’t suck but there were a number of other things that I’d rather do. Last…

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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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The SQL Server Year in Review

It’s getting close to that time of year when you’re going to start seeing lots of “the year in review” specials on television. I started in my new role working with our customers last December, so it seems only fitting that I take a moment and go over some of the highlights in the SQL…

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Introduction From Quentin Clark

By way of introduction, I run a team in SQL Server called Database Systems Group.  It’s the engineering team that builds the relational systems for SQL.  The single largest piece of this is the core RDBMS itself (usually referred to around here as The Engine), and the most closely-related components supporting that Engine but area…

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Virtualduction

Hello, I’ve always found introductions, especially virutalductions, awkward. But since it’s good for you to know who’s sitting at the keyboard I’ll give it a shot. My name is Dan Jones, I’m a principal group program manager on the SQL Server product team focusing on SQL Server Manageability. I’ve been with the SQL Server team…

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Virtually Unstoppable

A friend insists that we’ll only know the recession is over when software vendors no longer start every whitepaper with the phrase “In these tough economic times …” It may be as reliable an indicator as any. Meanwhile, in these tough economic times, I often read of factories suffering so badly that they are “operating…

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Leverage: An Introduction

My father was an engineer and spent many weekends in the garage nursing his various old cars. Frankly, I was little help, but there was one job I loved: lifting the big old monsters onto the axle-stands with the hydraulic jack. At 10 years old, I felt like the young superman, raising a hefty Rover…

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