Microsoft wins Pipeline Innovation Award for Best Ecosystem, 2012

(Reposted from Microsoft Telco Insights) We are delighted to see that Microsoft’s efforts in the communications space are being recognized. This week, Microsoft was honored with the Pipeline Innovation Award for Best Ecosystem, 2012. Pipeline’s prestigious Innovation Awards acknowledge thought leaders for advancements in technologies, products and deployments. The Best Ecosystem award is a proof…


Microsoft Technet: Device Support for a Flexible Workforce

RePosted from: The "consumerization of IT" challenges IT people to rethink systems management, shifting from a device-centric to user-centric approach. Editor’s Note: The Balancing Act of a Successful Consumerization of IT Strategy Configuring, securing and managing enterprise systems for a flexible workstyle and satisfied, productive users means many of the devices will be owned by…


SQL Server 2012 Licensing Value vs. Oracle Database

The product and licensing changes Microsoft® introduced with Microsoft SQL Server® 2012 may prompt some enterprises to undertake a fresh comparison of SQL Server and Oracle Database licensing costs. Based on their comparison, they may reassess when and where they will use each database given the respective Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the two…


SQL Server DQS and MDS

I would like to share the following useful resources for Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS) in SQL Server 2008 R2/2012: How to Install Master Data Services (MDS) Service Pack 1 (for SQL Server 2008 R2) Data Quality Services (DQS)


NEW SQL Server 2012 resources

SQL Server 2012 Upgrade Technical Guide, available here SQL Server 2012 What’s new, available here (created by Joanne Hodgins) Very interesting resources on why upgrade to SQL Server 2012 are available in this link.


Why SQL Server?

Microsoft SQL Server is a comprehensive database server and information platform offering a complete set of enterprise-ready technologies and tools that help people derive the most value from information at the lowest total-cost-of-ownership. Enjoy high levels of performance, availability, and security; employ more productive management and development tools; and deliver pervasive insight with self-service business…


Windows 8 Shortcuts

From: Stephen Rose, Sr. Community Manager, Microsoft Windows Commercial Division In March, Kurt Walter did a great piece on Windows 8 and the new shortcut keys for the Windows Team Blog. Windows 8 is a great touch experience, but now that I have been using it on my desktop for a few months, I have…


Microsoft Uses SQL Server 2012 5.8-Terabyte SAP ERP Database to Run Its Global Business

Microsoft runs its worldwide operations on SAP ERP. With 93,000 employees and operations in more than 110 countries, the largest software company in the world runs some 25 million SAP transactions a month against its 5.8-terabyte compressed database. The company was happy with how well its SAP deployment was performing on earlier versions of SQL…


SharePoint Server 2010 Business Intelligence Insights Training

(From MS Technet) Learn how you can lay a deep foundation for your SharePoint Server 2010 Business Intelligence (BI) Insights skills in this training course. This course teaches how to use SharePoint Server 2010 as your BI platform and covers the following topics: Business Intelligence Overview, Excel Services, PerformancePoint Services, Visio Services, Reporting Services Integration…


SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Web Installer

The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit includes technical content including labs, demos and presentations designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions. New and updated content will be released periodically and can be downloaded on-demand using the Web Installer.