My new role – DPE Infrastructure Architect Evangelist for IT-Pro

Dear all! I recently changed my role to Infrastructure Architect Evangelist especially for IT-Pro audience at Developer & Platform Group (DPE) in Microsoft Austria. If you are interested in news about Cloud, Infrastructure, SQL you can now follow my posts at and Cheers, Petra  


PASS: New SQL Server/Oracle Virtual Chapter

SQL PASS has installed a new SQL Server/Oracle Virtual Chapter! The goal of the Chapter is “… to provide a conducive environment where through the use of online webinars( from both the SQL Server and Oracle Camps), web based  articles and cross product/ cross pollination of concepts and ideas, our members are  able to prosper and to pass…


Business Intelligence Conference in New Orleans

Last week Business Intelligence Conference in New Orleans took place. There have been lots of very interesting sessions regarding virtually every aspect of Business Intelligence! In the Keynote Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President of Microsofts Business Platform Division gave a very interesting presentation including some cool demos with new functionality of PowerPivot (for example KPIs!!!) and…


SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services – what’s new???

In the new SQL Server 2008 R2 release it is the Reporting Services component that really changed a lot! For example one can now publish report parts (eg chart, table) which can be reused in different reports, or now you can also use SharePoint list as data source… MSDN offers a great overview on new…


SQL Server R2 RTM is out!!

Check it out here:  Enjoy!  


Kimberly L. Tripp gives a talk about Index Internals to SQL Server User Group Austria!

Date: 29.04.2010 Start: 17:00 Location: bwin Event Zone, City Point, Marxergasse 1b, 1030 Vienna (U-Bahn (U3, U4)/Schnellbahnstation Landstraße) Registration: Title: SQL Server 2005/2008: Index Internals Session length: 60 Minutes with Q&A at the end Speaker: Kimberly Tripp Language: English Abstract: Understanding SQL Server indexes is an integral part of performance tuning. From initial base…


24 Hours of PASS: Celebration SQL Server 2008 R2

Be sure to check out and registrate for free for 24 hours of PASS online event – starting on May 19th you can watch online various webcasts (BI, Multi server managment, Security,…) for 24 hours in a row!  Register here:    


Guidance for Developing SharePoint Applications v2.0 Released

Microsoft’s Pattern & Practices group has released a new, updated version of guidance for building collaborative applications that extend your LOB systems.  This guidance helps architects and developers design and build applications that are both flexible and scaleable and it focuses on four key areas – 1) using SharePoint capabilities to build more powerful applications; 2)…


Important PowerPivot links

Did you already hear about PowerPivot? PowerPivot gives users the power to create compelling self-service BI solutions, facilitates sharing and collaboration on user-generated BI solutions in a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 environment, and enables IT organizations to increase operational efficiencies through Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2-based management tools. Check it out on: