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Tom Casey Chats with SQL Server Magazine 

Mr. Tom Casey is featured on the April 2010 cover of SQL Server magazine. He is the highlight of Sheila Molnar’s feature article, entitled Tom Casey on Microsoft’s BI Strategy. A quote from the interview: “The consumers of BI, the IT professionals that put the systems and infrastructure together, and the developers and analysts who...Read more

Thirsty for more Microsoft Codename “Dallas” Info? 

A couple weeks back, our SQL Server Sequence question of the week was “Microsoft code name ‘Dallas,’ what kind of data does it allow me to access and combine with my own data for rich analysis and reporting?” Maybe you got the answer right. Maybe you didn’t. Maybe you want to learn more about “Dallas.”...Read more

New Data Visualizations in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 

Sean Boon from the Reporting Services team here. In the spirit of last week’s SQL Server Sequence question about Reporting Services 2008 R2. I wanted to talk more about the new visualizations and how they can help you effectively communicate insights in your data.   Maps.  Maps can be very powerful visualizations.  They can consume...Read more

Do You Know Your Data? Test Yourself with the SQL Server Sequence 

The SQL Server Sequence has concluded. Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Nikolas Allen! In anticipation of the SQL Server R2 launch, we held a contest to test your knowledge of SQL Server and give away some great prizes in the process. For 12 weeks, we issued a new question per week on one of...Read more

Terms and Conditions 

MICROSOFT SQL SERVER SEQUENCE CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES   COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:   These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft SQL Server Sequence contest promotion will operate (“Contest”).   In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of this Contest.  “You” refers to an eligible...Read more

New PHP Blog from Brian Swan 

My name is Brian Swan. I’m a fan of both PHP and Microsoft technologies, and I work in the  SQL Server organization here at Microsoft as a content publisher. I’ve started a new blog,, to follow Microsoft’s endeavors into PHP interoperability and to provide PHP developers with technical content that helps them write PHP...Read more

SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit 

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Roger Doherty, Sr. Technical Evangelist for SQL Server. I joined Microsoft in 1991 from Sybase and I’ve evangelized every SQL Server release since the Microsoft / Ashton-Tate / Sybase SQL Server version 1.0 from 1989. I’m excited about SQL Server 2008 R2 and its improvements so the team and...Read more

Are you a PowerPivot Alpha Geek? 

Ready to put your Excel and PowerPIvot skills to the test? Take the Excelerators Quiz to see what kind of Excel user you are. Then check out the Alpha Geek Challenge with Donald Farmer for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree or an all expense paid trip to the BI Conference in New...Read more

Microsoft’s CIO Tony Scott, talks about the role of CIO and technology trends 

As CIOs and companies look back at 2009 and forward to the opportunities and challenges in 2010, Microsoft’s CIO Tony Scott shares his thoughts in both a written piece and a video interview.  Tony talks about how Microsoft has cut costs and utilized technologies such as Windows 7, virtualization, cloud computing, unified communications and more. ...Read more

Free Download: Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant 

Microsoft recently announced the first CTP of a SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL v1.0, which automates aspects of the migration process to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 & 2008 including SQL Azure Database. SQL Server Migration Assistant for MySQL is the newest migration toolkit, others include Oracle, Sybase, Access, and an analyzer for PowerBuilder....Read more

Book Recommendation from Buck Woody 

Buck is re-reading the “Fourth Paradigm” book by Microsoft Research. He is particularly intrigued by data design section. Read Buck’s entire blog post on his Carpe Datum blog. Looking for something to read in the next couple of weeks? Check out the book....Read more

Day 3 at PASS Summit 2009 

David Dewitt presented today’s keynote. He promised to be detailed and he delivered! The tweets were all about the great info he presented and if his presentation would be on the PASS Summit DVD. David drilled into a level of detail and people were eating it up (they also want to see his presentation again...Read more