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The PASS 2010 conference is approaching fast
Next week is the 2010 PASS conference. This will be my second PASS conference and I'm really looking forward to it. The content is great and I love the chance to meet up in person with all the really great people in the SQL community that come from all different parts of the world just to talk about SQL Server. On Tuesday 9th for Lunch I am hosting a "Birds of a Feather" table on "SSAS Triple A – Administration, Automation and APIs". Between PowerSSAS, BIDSHelper and the ASSP projects on codeplex ......

Posted On Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:12 AM | Comments (0)

Speaking at TechEd Australia 2010
TechEd 2010 Australia is approaching at a rapid pace and this year I have a speaking position. I will be talking on the topic of "PowerPivot: How, Why & When" doing some contrasting between PowerPivot and SSAS. And giving my opinions on where PowerPivot should be positioned in the Microsoft BI landscape. This will be happening at 3.30pm next Thursday. Even if you don't manage to catch my talk you should be able to find me hanging around the SQL Server area in the exhibition hall ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 18, 2010 10:25 PM | Comments (0)

Speaking at the Sydney SQL User Group
Next Tuesday, July 13 I will be speaking at the Sydney SQL User Group on "BI Power Tools". I am going to run through some of my favourite free BI tools including (but not limited to) some of the projects that I contribute to like BIDS Helper, the AS Stored Procedure project and PowerSSAS. See here http://www.sqlserver.org.au... for more details and to register ......

Posted On Friday, July 9, 2010 8:10 PM | Comments (0)

MVP for another Year
Even though this is my 5th year as an MVP, it was still exciting to see an email from the MVP Award program in my inbox on Friday morning saying that I had been re-awarded for another year. I am very honoured to have been re-awarded ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2010 6:47 AM | Comments (6)

Re-inventing the Wheel
Interestingly I had two instances last week when I thought different parts of Microsoft were re-inventing the wheel. The first was while listening to Episode 496 of Dot Net Rocks, where they were talking about project Trident from Microsoft Research. My first thought as they were describing the "visual workflows" was that MS Research had re-invented SSIS. Then as they described the versioned catalogue of workflows it sounded more like the way DTS used to store it's packages. But when they started ......

Posted On Monday, November 23, 2009 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

Good-bye OLAP Report – Hello The BI Verdict

I just got an email telling me about this press announcement in relation to the OLAP report becoming the BI Verdict (www.bi-verdict.com). I wonder if this is reflection of the fact that "OLAP" is a technology and "BI" is about more than a single technology…

Posted On Tuesday, November 3, 2009 6:48 PM | Comments (0)

MVP for another year
It was very exciting to see an email from the MVP Award program in my inbox this morning saying that I had been re-awarded as an MVP for another year. This will be my 4th year as an MVP and I am very honored to have been re-awarded ......

Posted On Thursday, July 2, 2009 7:34 AM | Comments (6)

OT: OfficeLabs Search Commands for Office 2007
I quite like the new ribbon interface in Office 2007, but occasionally I still find myself sometimes hunting for commands that I know exist somewhere..... If you are the same, then you will be pleased to know that there is a really good solution to this situation in the form of the Search Commands plugin from the OfficeLabs team at Microsoft. It adds a tab to the ribbon that lets you search all the commands in any of the office applications. If for instance you could not find the Spell Check facility ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:41 PM | Comments (0)

Codeplex RSS Feed for the entire project (not)
A little while ago the team that work on the BIDS Helper project discovered something interesting about codeplex. Codeplex Wiki pages have the facility to allow people to add comments, but unlike all the other places where people can interact with a codeplex project, for some reason wiki pages are not included in the projects RSS feed. So if you have ever added a comment to a page on a codeplex project and wondered why the author never acknowledged your comment, this could be why. Hopefully the codeplex ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:30 PM | Comments (0)

MVP for another year!
I got an email from the MVP program this morning saying that I have received the MVP award for another year. And congratulations goes out to Greg Galloway on being awarded as an MVP. Greg and I have work with on BIDSHelper and the Analysis Services Stored Procedure project together and he is one smart cookie :) ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 2, 2008 7:58 AM | Comments (1)

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