TechEd 2011 Keynote

Watching the TechEd keynote during which it was announced that we have some 10,000 people attending TechEd this year. On the BI side of things, Amir Netz, Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft, came on stage to unveil some of the new features coming up in Denali and demonstrate the BI continuum story in Denali (PowerPivot, SharePoint with Crescent reporting, and Corporate BI). The Corporate BI model had some 2 billion rows cached in-memory VertiPaq engine. You will be able to use Visual Studio to “take over” from Excel and build models exceeding the Excel limitation of 2GB file size. Wait for more exciting news tomorrow at sessions DBI206 – What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for SQL Server Analysis Services and PowerPivot and DBI211 – What’s New in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” for Reporting Services!


On the Windows Phone area, interesting news was that there will be an upgrade later on this year that would let mobile users integrated with Office365 and Lync Mobile. Unfortunately, no news to make BI available to Windows 7 phones yet.

Reporting Services Blog Roll

I’ve added two more RS blogs to the Reporting Services link section. The Reporting Services Team blog is used by the RS team as a whole. The Reporting Services User Education blog is used by the education group on the Reporting Services team. It’s managed by a former colleague and friend of mine, Matt Mayer, who joined the Reporting Services team a year ago. The entire RS blog roll that I’ve compiled can be viewed by clicking any of the blog links on my website.

Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Microsoft has recently released the Feature Pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005. The Feature Pack is a collection of standalone components that complement SQL Server 2005 offering. For example, the latest version of ADOMD.NET is included in the pack, as well as data mining control samples and Upgrade Advisor (a tool that assist you to ugprade Reporting Services, Analysis Services, and DTS to SQL Server 2005).