SQL Server Column-Store: Updated SAP BW code

SQL Server column-store is generally supported by SAP BW since end of October 2012. One of the prerequisites is importing the correction instructions of SAP note 1771177. Last week we published a new version of this note with additional improvements. We recommend to update your SAP BW code by applying the new version of this…


"Waits, Waits, Do Tell Me"* – how to analyze bottlenecks in SQL Server

“Waits” in SQL Server are often a major source of performance issues. “Waits” as they are known in the SQL Server world essentially indicate that a worker thread inside SQL Server is waiting for a resource to become available before it can proceed with executing. See, a thread is tasked with executing code, it blossoms…


Slow I/O – SQL Server and disk I/O performance

This SQL meditation provides a general approach on how to troubleshoot SQL Server I/O related issues. My belief is that if you truly understand this, you are empowered to solve the disk I/O challenges yourself. I offer to teach you how to fish. What kind of fish you catch, and where you catch it and…


Small Basic Interview – Philip Conrod (Visual Basic, Assembler, Pascal, Fortran, COBOL, Java, Visual C#, & Small Basic)

Today I am interviewing Philip Conrod. Philip has co-authored, edited, and published several Microsoft Small Basic programming books and tutorials with his friend and colleague, Lou Tylee. Some of these books include the following Small Basic Best Sellers:      Let’s get started! Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What programming languages do you…


Windows Phone 8 Training and Hands-On-Labs in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

Come and learn about developing for the new Windows Phone 8. In each city, Day 1 (Friday) is dedicated to presentations introducing you to the concepts and techniques you’ll need to create successful Windows Phone applications. Day 2 (Saturday) is a full day of hands-on labs to get you up and running. With experts from…


Celebrate National Telework Week by developing an App for Windows 8!

Join us at The Edge for a Windows 8 developer workshop as part of the National Telework Week celebrations! A full day free session is a great opportunity to get stuck into developing a great app, let your creativity run loose & tap into the marketplace of millions of Windows users worldwide! In this workshop…


Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with Startup Weekend!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs…


Join the Brisbane BizSpark Expressway Network Forum

Brisbane BizSpark EXPRESSWAY Network Forum 21st November 2012 Microsoft Innovation Centre EXPRESSWAY Network forum is a lunchtime forum for board and senior management of innovative SMEs to share ideas, and learn from industry experts about disciplines essential to commercial success. The November BizSpark EXPRESSWAY Network forum will feature a key note address from Ruth Drinkwater, CEO of Australian…


SQL Server Column-Store available for all major SAP BW releases

Last Week SAP released Support Package Stack 5 for EHP1 of NetWeaver 7.3. Hereby all of the following equivalent SPS levels are now available: SPS 27 of SAP BW 7.0 (SAP NetWeaver 7.0) SPS 12 of SAP BW 7.01 (SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0) SPS 12 of SAP BW 7.02 (SAP enhancement…


Invitation: How SaaS Changes an ISV’s Business Model

    You probably already heard that the future of IT is in the Cloud, but what does this mean for your software business? For an established ISV, the rise of SaaS brings both technical and business changes. Whatever your CTO might say, the truth is that the business changes are harder. If you haven’t…