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30

Jul

Power BI from Microsoft

A new platform and tools to enhance Business Intelligence – on the desktop, web and mobile. ... read full post

Posted by:  Russell Bowden , Business Intelligence Senior Consultant |  30 July 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, Mobile, Office 365, SQL Server, BI, Excel, WPC, Power Query, Power BI, Power maps, Power Pivot


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10

Jul

SQL Server 2014: a review of the key new features

SQL Server 2014 CTP1 (Community Technology Preview) has been available for a couple of weeks now. Originally announced at TechEd in early June, it was made publicly available on June 25. ... read full post

Posted by:  Mark Worthen , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  10 July 2013

Cloud, Azure, SQL Server, SQL, BI, Power Query, SQL Server 2014


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13

May

A gateway to big data: geospatial business intelligence

With the continuing hype around the want, need, or even the “me too” aspects of being able to join the ‘Big Data’ movement, it is only a matter of time before BI will, by default, incorporate this nebulous concept. ... read full post

Posted by:  Russell Bowden , Business Intelligence Senior Consultant |  13 May 2013

Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL Server, Intergen, BI, Big Data, Geospatial


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20

Sep

SQL Server 2012 and Business Intelligence E-book

Over the past few months, members of the Business Intelligence (BI) team have been regularly blogging about the new features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and how these compare with previous versions, as well as the BI features contained in the new release. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  20 September 2012

Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, Microsoft, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012, e-book


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19

Jun

SQL Server 2012 Developer Tools: New and Familiar

For developers, the release of SQL Server 2012 provides both new and familiar capabilities. More specifically, in SQL Server 2012 there is a new development tool, another tool has been replaced with a new one, while the remaining tools have largely been left untouched. ... read full post

Posted by:  David Lyes , Developer, Enterprise Applications |  19 June 2012

Business Analysis, Business Intelligence, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012, Power View


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14

Jun

SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services Enhancements

The use of OLAP capabilities by Microsoft customers is among the highest when compared to other vendors, largely due to the success and adoption of Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, bundled with Microsoft SQL Server. With the release of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft is adding even more benefits for OLAP users. ... read full post

Posted by:  Dylan Venter , Senior Consultant, Enterprise Applications |  14 June 2012

Business Intelligence, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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05

Jun

Security and Management in SQL Server 2012

The security and management enhancements included in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 offer some small but significant improvements over those included in SQL Server 2008 R2. ... read full post

Posted by:  Glenn Busch , Developer, Enterprise Applications |  05 June 2012

Microsoft, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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10

May

What is SQL Azure?

SQL Azure is an important part of Microsoft’s Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud computing strategy. In reality, this offering is effectively a “database as a service” in which a cut-down version of Microsoft’s SQL Server relational database management system is available to provision, populate and use – all in the cloud. ... read full post

Posted by:  Stuart Birkbeck , Senior Consultant - Enterprise Applications |  10 May 2012

Azure, SQL Server


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04

Apr

Understanding Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2012

With columnstore indexes, Microsoft has entered the world of column-oriented database management systems, which offer better performance for business intelligence (BI)-related requests.  ... read full post

Posted by:  Graham Hood , Senior Developer, Enterprise Applications |  04 April 2012

SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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07

Mar

New Features of Reporting Services in SQL Server 2012

With the release of SQL Server 2012, Reporting Services is establishing itself as a mature product with the introduction of a several improvements rather than any substantial new functionality. The key new features to Reporting Services 2012 include SharePoint integration configured as a shared service, Report Server Projects which can be opened in Visual Studio 2010, Word and Excel rendering for both 2003 and 2007-2010 formats, and Data Alerts. SharePoint administrators will be pleased that the Reporting Services SharePoint integration is now configured as a service application using the SharePoint Central Administrator tool. This takes advantage of the SharePoint features including scale-out, claims-based authentication, and backup and...... read full post

Posted by:  David Lyes , Developer, Enterprise Applications |  07 March 2012

SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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29

Feb

Microsoft Power View and Visualisation

The new release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes a brand new Business Intelligence (BI) reporting tool called Power View (formerly known as Project Crescent). End-user reporting was introduced in SQL Server 2005 with Report Builder. This capability has been extended in SQL Server 2012 with the graphical report designer Power View. This is a self-service reporting tool which allows business users to create interactive reports. Power View is not a replacement for Report Builder, but rather a natural progression and amalgamation of PowerPivot and SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). ... read full post

Posted by:  Glenn Busch , Developer, Enterprise Applications |  29 February 2012

SQL Server


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07

Feb

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Extends Partition Functions

This is the latest in a series of posts about the upcoming release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012. These posts are predominantly written for technical users of SQL Server. ... read full post

Posted by:  Graham Hood , Senior Developer, Enterprise Applications |  07 February 2012

SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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21

Dec

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 is nearly here…

2012 will be an exciting year for all of us who utilise the broad features of the SQL Server platform. A few weeks ago, Microsoft made available the release candidate (RC0) of SQL Server 2012 (previously known as Denali ).  The release candidate term is used when a product is considered “production ready” – feature and code complete and in a form that can be released, unless fatal defects emerge.  The next stage is 'release to manufacturing' (RTM) which is currently touted for Q1 2012.  The RC0 release enables the Intergen team to continue to build on the knowledge gained from utilising the CTP releases. ... read full post

Posted by:  Tim Mole ,  |  21 December 2011

Information Management, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Data Visualisation, SQL Server, SQL Server 2012


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01

Dec

The latest in Business Intelligence: Microsoft SQL Server – Twilight Recap

During November, Tim Mole and Nick Draper, our Business Intelligence (BI) experts, toured Auckland and Wellington to give their thoughts on BI and utilising the upcoming release of SQL Server 2012 to turn information into insight and actionable business decisions. ... read full post

Posted by:  Rose Harris , Marketing Assistant |  01 December 2011

Business Intelligence, SQL Server, Twilight recap


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(2726 votes)

15

Aug

Technical highlights in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

I’ve had the privilege of working with Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 for a number of months before the 1 st August general release date. I helped build the demo system used by Steve Ballmer at the Convergence launch in April (you can read about the demo here ), and I’m busy implementing the system in a customer situation at the moment. Suffice to say, I’ve had enough time to note down a list of technical highlights in the latest release, and I thought it’d be only fair to share them. ... read full post

Posted by:  Jolann van Dyk , Practice Lead, Dynamics Solutions |  15 August 2011

AX, Visual Studio, Steve Ballmer, AX2012, SQL Server


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(3514 votes)

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