SQL Server 2005 SP4 released

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 4 (SP4) has been released, as announced on the SQL Server Release team’s blog.  SQL Server 2005 Service Packs are cumulative, and this Service Pack upgrades all levels of SQL Server 2005 to SP4. You can use this package to upgrade any of the following SQL Server 2005 editions: ·        …

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Office 365

In October this year we announced Office 365, which brings together the Cloud versions of Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync, with our Microsoft Office products both on the desktop and in the Cloud. Available in 2011, Office 365 is designed to meet the needs of organisations of all sizes – everyone from sole proprietors to small…

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Four new Work Smart productivity guides Published

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of four new customer-ready Work Smart productivity guides. Work Smart guides provide employees with scenario-based, best-use productivity aids on Microsoft products and technologies. Download customizable versions of Work Smart materials to use as samples and reusable templates that specifically address the scenarios and processes in your…

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Download the Microsoft Assessment and Planning(MAP) Toolkit v5.5 Beta

Hi All, The Beta of the MAP Toolkit v5.5 is now available for download at the link below: https://connect.microsoft.com/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=23188&SiteID=297 If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll take a minute to learn about the exciting new features available in the MAP Toolkit v5.5 Beta and get involved in our Beta program. Users like you make a…

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Protecting Privacy in the Development and Testing of Human Resources Applications

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Protecting Privacy in the Development and Testing of Human Resources Applications, which discusses how Microsoft HR IT developed a strategy for sanitization (removal) of personal identifiable information to protect privacy during the development and testing of HR applications.  Internal policies and governmental regulations dictate how…

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SharePoint 2010; Facilitating Employee Rewards Management at Microsoft

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Facilitating Employee Rewards Management at Microsoft, which discusses how Microsoft IT redesigned our rewards management tool using SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services. Microsoft IT re-architected and re-designed its rewards management tool to improve user satisfaction and ease-of-use by leveraging BCS technologies and by using Excel…

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SQL Case Study: Reducing the Costs of Enterprise Data Warehouse Creation and Data Acquisition

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Reducing the Costs of Enterprise Data Warehouse Creation and Data Acquisition, which discusses how Microsoft IT is improving its data warehouse management efficiencies. Metadata Driven Extract Transform and Load (METaL) was developed by Microsoft IT to enable the rapid configuration, deployment, and operation of data…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.5

The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 5.5— is now available for beta download. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.5 Beta at Microsoft Connect. If you are not already familiar with the MAP Toolkit, it’s a multifaceted tool designed to help simplify IT infrastructure planning for upgrade or migration…

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Microsoft NZ Roadshow: December 2010

The Microsoft Roadshow is on in December 2010 for IT Pros and Partners. Come for an update on our latest technologies – Small Business Server 2011, Office 365 and System Center Essentials 2010 – ideal for small to medium sized businesses. Presented by Microsoft business and technical advisors, you’ll learn about key features, deployment and…

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Deploying SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse at Microsoft

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deploying SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse at Microsoft, which discusses how Microsoft IT is deploying SQL Server 2008 PDW to support oversight of security events.  Look for the next piece in this series which discusses the PDW deployment on our Enterprise Data Warehouse…

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