PowerPivot RTM has arrived

I’m just back from the office 2010 roadshow. Phew four cities and six presentations on PowerPivot later back at home with a nice cup of tea and my own bed for the night 😉 A few people asked me how to get hold of the RC0 that I was using on the demo. Well, no…

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SCOM for SQL Folk on 27th May

I’m talking at the SQL Users group on “SCOM for SQL folk”. this session is based on my experiences with SCOM and working to get the product to do what we need it to do for managing SQL performance. Often as a DBA or SQL consultant, SCOM is “forced upon” you by the operations team…

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Time to get serious with encryption

just read an article indicating the some states in the US are making data encryption on disk and on the wire compulsory with some pretty hefty fines (see http://www.sqlmag.com/article/sql-server/A-New-Law-that-Will-Change-the-Way-You-Build-Database-Applications.aspx) This pretty much means that soon you’ll need at least transparent data encryption and protocol encryption on every single SQL Server. Happy days for Microsoft in…

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SQL Immersion: Dublin 2010

The only local opportunity for advanced SQL training with sqlskills (Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp) is happening in June/July this. As far as I know this will be the only SQL Immersion in Europe this year. If you are a SQL professional, attending a sqlskills course is really something you can’t miss to progress your…

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PowerPivot at the Office 2010 Roadshow for IT Pros

If you haven’t seen PowerPivot yet, there is a great opportunity at the Office + SharePoint 2010 Roadshow for IT Pros coming to Dublin, Galway, Cork and Belfast. We have been working on making an Irish Centric Demo of PowerPivot along with the great new features in Reporting Services such as map based reports. Hopefully…

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