Power Pivot site from Rob Collie

One of our program managers in Redmond has a great site showcasing Powerpivot. http://powerpivotpro.com Email from Rob: “For those of you who have not seen it, I thought it was worth mentioning here, since it seems people are finding it in semi-random ways. There are case studies, how-to’s, videos, and observational posts about trends and…


Bring the FIFA World Cup to Australia!

Those of you that know me – know how much I enjoy the round ball game 🙂 Whilst not strictly related to my MS role – please bring the FIFA world cup to Australia! http://www.australia2018-2022.com.au/


BizTalk 2004 Mainstream Support is retired in July 2009

Hi all, If you still have BizTalk 2004 in your environment, mainstream support ends in July 2009. In Australia, we have a partner who can do an assessment for you on what it may take to upgrade (if necessary). Email me if you want more info.


BizTalk Adapter Pack Migration Tool…

Migration tool released – if you want to consider using the BizTalk WCF adapters. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e68b8fd1-5c8a-499a-8237-4dc23a8342c5&displaylang=en Overview The WCF-based adapters shipped with the BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0 are the recommended solutions to integrate various LOB systems with BizTalk Server. The Adapter Pack consists of LOB adapters for SAP, Siebel, Oracle DB, Oracle EBS, and SQL Server….


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SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP

Register by going to http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/r2.aspx and we will let you know when the CTP ships.


Microsoft "Oslo" – May 2009 CTP Release

It’s a busy month 😉 Overview "Oslo" is the code name for Microsoft’s next generation modeling platform. This CTP includes: "Quadrant" – a visual modeling tool "M" – a modeling language Repository – a SQL Server 2008 database to store models UML domain models and a loader to import UML diagrams in XMI format into…


BizTalk 2009 Hyper V Guide

Just noticed that we had released to web the BizTalk 2009 guide for Hyper V. Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=0582bc67-0bef-4a0a-99cf-4408a111c4e3 Let me know what you think….


Visual Studio Team Suite Upgrade in Aus – 45% off….

From my MSDN subscriber blast…. Dear MSDN subscribers, End of Financial Year Special 45% off  on Team Suite Upgrade Conditions Apply Update: Team Suite is cheaper in June* Benefit from a 45% discount* if you purchase a Step up license from Visual Studio Team Edition (Developer, Tester, Architect or Database) to Visual Studio Team Suite….