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…


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 & 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…


The SQL Server Roadmap

I’ve mentioned elsewhere that you should be thinking about a “data roadmap”. A way of thinking about how you intend to leverage all of that data you’re collecting. And in that post I mentioned that Microsoft has a “roadmap” for SQL Server. We think about how to evolve the product all the time, with one…


Big Bad SQL Server for Small Innocent Businesses?

Though short, this article in PC World makes an important point: the PowerPivot feature in SQL Server 2008 R2 is incredibly valuable to small businesses. I mentioned in a previous post that in another “life”, in enterprise IT for a Fortune 10 company, I built a “BI” app using a SQL Server backend and pivot…


Reviewing SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM

This past week we released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing. This is a huge accomplishment for the team and our customers are anxious to get their hands on it. I came across one blog post that expressed disappointment that the only thing they could download was the evaluation edition – they couldn’t wait to…

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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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