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Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals 

The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following the keynotes, you’ll have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about...

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Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs 

We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic Communications Network (“ECN”) to a fully licensed stock exchange...

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SQL Server 2008 SP2 is available for download today! 

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2. Both the Service Pack and Feature Pack updates are now ready for download on the Microsoft Download Center.  Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 includes new compatibility features with SQL Server 2008 R2, product improvements based on requests from the...

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Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers 

Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today announced an enhanced Premier Mission Critical add-on for customers running...

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Microsoft’s Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans 

Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President for the Business Platform Division, kicked off the start of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans. During his keynote address, Ted discussed how Microsoft is listening to customers and working hard to help put better business intelligence in the hands of more decision makers at all levels...

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SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint is here; volume licensing downloads available today 

We’re happy to announce volume licensing downloads for SQL Server 2008 R2 are available today in all languages, including the public availability of the much anticipated PowerPivot functionality, delivering on the promise of managed self-service BI. Starting today customers can download the trial version of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and the web downloads of...

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Day 2 at Collaborate 2010 

Interesting conversations with more CIOs today as well as partners in the Oracle ecosystem. Roughly 40% of new JD Edwards installations are being deployed with SQL Server. Drivers of that decision are simplicity, lower TCO/higher productivity connectedness with the Microsoft Desktop. In general, customers say that our platform is a better fit for their needs....

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How can I prepare for PowerPivot? 

By Denny Lee, SQL Server Customer Advisory Team One of the main concerns for PowerPivot as an IT Professional or Database Administrator is that PowerPivot involves many different systems of SharePoint, Office, and SQL Server 2008 R2.  It also has a lot of moving parts and making sure that all of these parts work together...

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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 http://www.mssharepointconference.com and available on demand beginning...

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