Your chance to see the Data Mining Office Addins for yourself!

I was happily surprised at the reception of the Addins at my presentation at PASS in Seattle yesterday – one report was that the audience was “drooling”.  If you’re one that just couldn’t make it to Seattle this week – no sweat!  I will be presenting the Addins during a webcast on November 27.  So…


Free SQL Data Mining chapter from "Practical Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005" has made available a complete data mining chapter from Practical Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2005. The co-author of the book, John Hancock, is a Microsoft Consultant out of Canada that I’ve had the pleasure to meet.  He visited the Analysis Services team for a bit in what’s called the “SWAP” program (although it…


More Visio Data Mining Diagrams at

I’ve added a couple more diagrams to the LiveSample page at  This time there’s a Clustering diagram showing three different views of the same cluster model, plus a Dependency Net made from the MovieClick data available on the site.  Enjoy!  Next week I’ll round out the set with a regression tree sample – let…


New Live Sample – Visio Data Mining Diagrams on the Web!

I’ve been playing around and testing the Data Mining Templates for Visio 2007 (part of the Data Mining Addins for Office 2007) and it’s even more fun than I imagined when we came up with the feature.  Last week I audited a new BI course for ISV’s that is being developed and saw how they…


Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 Preview Build Now Available!

Download at your pleasure from Enjoy! Important Excerpts from the download page: If you have questions about the Data Mining Add-ins, visit the SQL Server Data Mining Forum on MSDN. Help improve the Data Mining Add-ins by submitting bugs to the Connect Feedback Center.


Analyst comments on the upcoming SQL Server 2005 Data Mining Addins for Office 2007

A few weeks ago I did an analyst briefing with David Norris of Bloor research on Microsoft’s data mining strategy.  I wasn’t really expecting any press out of it, but he wrote up this article on his impressions Sometimes Microsoft does things very well He also gave it a mention in a somewhat unrelated article…