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  • Presenting Enterprise Information Management in SQL 2012 and SQL 2014 in Reston 16 May!

    I am honored to participate in the Reston SQL Server 2014 Launch Update event – a half-day event held 16 May 2014 at the Microsoft Reston Office. You can learn more and register here. Art Rask will kick-off the event with an overview of new features of SQL Server 2014, including: Integrated In-memory technology AlwaysOn HA / DR for ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 17, 2014
  • Weekend reading: Microsoft/Oracle and SkyDrive based code-editor

    A couple of news item caught my eye this weekend that I think are worthy of comment. Microsoft/Oracle partnership to be announced tomorrow (24/06/2013) According to many news site Microsoft and Oracle are about to announce a partnership (Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships) and they all seem to be assuming that it ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on June 23, 2013
  • Geoflow? Is that it, Microsoft?

    I didn’t travel to the SQL Pass Business Analytics conference this week but I keenly followed what was going on via the #passbac hashtag on Twitter. Seemingly the big announcement was Geoflow Preview for Excel 2013, an add-in for Excel that visualises data over space and time (read more at Public preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on April 14, 2013
  • OT: Thank You, Microsoft

    cross-posted from AndyLeonard.me… Each April 1st for the past five years, I have been honored to receive an email from Microsoft informing me I have been recognized as a SQL Server MVP. Tomorrow will be different. Back in January – when I wrote this – I requested Microsoft not consider me for renewal. I have enjoyed serving as a Microsoft MVP. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 31, 2012
  • Big Data - A Microsoft Tools Approach

    (As with all of these types of posts, check the date of the latest update I’ve made here. Anything older than 6 months is probably out of date, given the speed with which we release new features into Windows and SQL Azure) I don’t normally like to discuss things in terms of tools. I find that whenever you start with a given tool (or ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on February 20, 2012
  • Big Data and the Cloud - More Hype or a Real Workload?

    Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” - and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage - is my laptop “Big Data”? There are actually a few definitions for this term, most ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on October 18, 2011
  • You Probably Already Have a “Private Cloud”

    I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of the word “Cloud”. It’s too marketing-oriented, gimmicky and non-specific. A better definition (in many cases) is “Distributed Computing”. That means that some or all of the computing functions are handled somewhere other than under your specific control. But there is a current use of the word “Cloud” ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 14, 2011
  • Have SSIS' differing type systems ever caused you problems?

    One thing that has always infuriated me about SSIS is the fact that every package has three different type systems; to give you an idea of what I am talking about consider the following: The SSIS dataflow's type system is made up of types called DT_*  (e.g. DT_STR, DT_I4) The SSIS variable type system is based on .Net datatypes (e.g. ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 14, 2011
  • MVPs and the Community

    Introduction Earlier this month, David Woods decided to drop his MVP award. The move inspired some interesting comments and discussion among MVPs. David's points are: MVP Expertise Microsoft Technology Products Microsoft ''Listens'' Cost-Benefits for an MVP MVP Expertise After mentioning he's encountered MVPs who are not experts, David ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 11, 2011
  • Microsoft TechEd Session Preference Survey

    There's a Session Preference Survey live at the TechEd North America 2011 website. I like this idea a lot: getting feedback from the Community! :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 15, 2011
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