SQL Azure Marches On

I follow the Database Trends and Applications magazine because it is pretty platform independent, with a section for Oracle, SQL Server and DB/2. I found it interesting that when I turned there yesterday and today, among the top stories are “Cloud” – front and center. It’s easy to see why. When we think about technology…


Introducing Project Houston

At this point there should be no question that Microsoft is fully embracing the cloud. Windows Azure and SQL Azure launched earlier this year and have been receiving positive feedback. I’ve been happily using SQL Azure for several months. One of the great aspects of SQL Azure is the integration with the standard tooling, e.g….


Giving Back

Most of us have some help we can provide back to the community. Even if you’re new, you can write down some of the things you’ve learned. And there are several easy ways to to that – you can certainly jump in on the forums (http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/sqlserver/) and answer any questions you know the answer for…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…