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Tom Casey PASS Twitterview 

Today at the PASS 2009 Summit the spotlight was on business intelligence (BI) with a keynote from Tom Casey, general manager, SQL Server BI at Microsoft. Tom noted during his keynote that more than 30 percent of PASS attendees this year noted BI as a priority track. To respond to the increasing interest in BI,...Read more

Ted Kummert PASS Twitterview 

Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the business platform division at Microsoft, spoke yesterday to a live audience of more than 2,000 attendees at the PASS 2009 Summit in Seattle, Washington. After his keynote he answered questions from attendees on Twitter. If you didn’t have a chance to follow the twitterview live, below is a...Read more

Enterprise scalability one focus for PASS 2009 Summit 

This is a long post, but there is so much happening at PASS! During the opening keynote at the PASS 2009 Summit, Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division, highlighted Microsoft’s continued commitment to mission critical workloads, announcing the upcoming delivery of the November CTP of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. Microsoft...Read more

At SharePoint Conference, Project “Gemini” name officially revealed as Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot for Excel 

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 got underway in Las Vegas this morning with keynotes from Steven Ballmer and Jeff Teper kicking off the conference. The SQL Server, ADO.NET Data Services, and Sync Framework teams are all there in force, and had a number of exciting announcements. Be sure to check all three team blogs for...Read more

Get ready for SharePoint Conference Next Week! 

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference kicks off next week at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. next Monday, October 19th. Steve Ballmer and Jeff Teper will get things started at 9:00am Pacific, and for those not attending the conference in person the keynote will be streamed live at and available on demand beginning...Read more

SQL Server StreamInsight and SQL Azure Database CTP Availability 

The SQL Server 2008 R2 August Community Technology Preview (CTP) rollout continues today with the availability of the Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight August CTP. We’re excited to announce that SQL Server StreamInsight is officially shipping as a component of SQL Server 2008 R2, which is scheduled to be available in H1 2010. StreamInsight will bring...Read more

Microsoft SQL Services is now Microsoft SQL Azure 

You are hearing it here first: Microsoft is updating the branding for SQL Services and SQL Data Services. Effective immediately, SQL Services will be called Microsoft SQL Azure, and SQL Data Services will be Microsoft SQL Azure Database.  This name change doesn’t reflect a change in the products themselves; we will still be providing a...Read more

Microsoft named a leader in Database Management Systems Market 

Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Database Management Systems, Q2 2009. (June 2009). Forrester writes that Microsoft is “The most aggressive DBMS vendor with a strong road map.” In this Wave, Forrester categorizes Leaders as offering “broad set of functionality to support any critical transactional application.”   Analyst Noel...Read more

Master Data Services – What’s the big deal? 

Hi Kirk Haselden here. I’m the product unit manager for Master Data Services. I’m responsible for the master data management strategy, team and product delivery at Microsoft. I manage the day to day aspects of the team, drive execution and overall product development. I have written two technical references for SAMS press on Integration Services,...Read more

TechEd 2009 – New SQL Server Innovations 

At TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles, Microsoft today announced new innovations from the SQL Server team. The next release, SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’), will include a new feature: Master Data Services (MDS). In addition to SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is talking about a new technology for low latency complex event...Read more

TechEd 2009 – Next Week! 

TechEd 2009 is less than a week away and we are excited about another event packed with opportunities to learn, network, and share ideas. Pre-show activities are already underway, with Webcasts live and on demand on TechNet and MSDN. Make sure you catch the last Webcast on May 13th on Mastering the Microsoft SQL Server...Read more

BizTalk Server 2009 Now Available! 

Today BizTalk Server 2009 is available to MSDN customers. On May 1st it will be available to everyone in — Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish — on May 1.   We made substantial investments to enhance integration and connectivity to make it easier for customers to efficiently bring together data...Read more