GeoFlow for SQL Server Database and Tabular Model

One of the highlights of PASS Business Analytics Conference in April 2013 was the announcement on GeoFlow Preview for Excel 2013. As you may already know, GeoFlow is a 3D Visualization of geospatial data. There are a number of reviews available since the Beta version was announced and even more since the Public Preview  announcement….


Self-Service Geographical Analysis using Excel 2013

Power View was first introduced as part of SharePoint 2010 to work with SSAS Tabular Model (SQL Server 2012). It offers easy, interactive data exploration and visualization for self-service BI analysis. There are quite a number of articles about Power View including from the Technet website and also a video from Microsoft BI. This post summarizes the advantages of using Power View in…


Database Recovery Advisor feature of SQL Server 2012, by Basit Farooq

SQL Server 2012 is a vast release that includes many new features. Members of the SQL Server community have great insights into these new features and can help you decide if SQL Server 2012 is for you. One such feature is the Database Recovery Advisor, and Basit Farooq gives his evaluation of this feature, as…

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My Top 12 SQL Server 2012 Enhancements and a Few Rants

NOTE: To download an evaluation copy of SQL Server 2012, click here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh225126   To start off, I must confess I am a big fan of the SQL Server as a product in general, even SQL Server 6.0 (not kidding). Why? In short, the product has the lowest learning curve of all database engines I know…

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Contribute Your Review the EASY Way!

I’ve gotten some feedback saying that some people would like to have their review posted on this blog but don’t want to go through the process of registering to be an official MSDN blogger. Well … I hear and I obey! I give you options: Option 1: If you just want to get your review posted…


Write a Customer Review Now! Here’s How

Who knows more about Microsoft’s Server and Tools products than you? Please share your knowledge, your workarounds, your tips, your favorite features, whatever you think will help your fellow technology professionals. Please don’t feel limited to writing about the latest 2012 versions of Windows Azure, Windows Server, SQL Server, and System Center and any other…


Review SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4

Take a look at the latest CTP of SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 and tell us what you think! The blog post from the SQL Server team here (http://blogs.technet.com/b/dataplatforminsider/archive/2012/09/20/sql-server-2012-sp1-ctp4-now-available.aspx) gives you more information and download links. If you’re interested in BI capabilities that your users can access through Microsoft Excel 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint…