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MS BI Conference follow-up

Posted by denglishbi on October 9, 2008

So I didn’t get a chance to blog about Day 2 yesterday and now the conference is over.  I was really disappointed that there were no talks or discussions about what is coming in PerformancePoint Server SP2 (which I have heard is possibly coming out maybe in Nov…).  Assuming that this will include full support for SQL Server 2008 and who knows what else.  I would have also liked to have heard about what the plans are for v2 of the product.  Anything would have been great unless I missed it some where along the way.  Improvements with the Analytical reports and getting the additional ProClarity Analytical reports full integrated would be nice with possibly some nicer charting capabilities incorporating some Silverlight or WPF visualizations would be great.  Maybe turning the PPS items into desktop components (widgets) would be a nice feature, but I suppose you could set them up in your desktop sidebar.

I finally got to see Mosha today during his ‘Got MDX problems? MDX Studio to the rescue!’ presentation.  I think he was a little hard on himself since he didn’t have any control over the room setup in his posting here – MS BI Conference 2008 is over.  I thought it was really helpful how he pointed out all of the capabilities in MDX Studio and the Analyze feature was very cool where it actually provides comments and suggestions along with links to his blog postings for reference.  Having a larger screen or a projector would have been very helpful though.

All-in-all the biggest news was by far ‘Gemini’ and the next release of SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’.  You can check out the videos of the keynotes on the MS BI main web page here –

Stephen Elop
Microsoft Business Division
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST
Ted Kummert
Corporate Vice President,
Data and Storage Platform Division
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. PST
View Webcast: Low | High  

If you want to see what ‘Madison’ is about skip ahead to 1 hour 9 minutes and for ‘Gemini’ skip to 1 hour and 27 minutes to see Donald Farmer’s demo.  If you want to check out the fairy tale story go to 1 hour 17 minutes.

It was a good conference with some decent technical seasons, just no PPS v2 discussion.  I did get to meet with the MS Virtual TS people that were at the conference, found out what the program is all about, and I got a copy of the MS BI VPC 7 release:)  As soon as I get it fired up I will post the changes in the VPC (the overview document still had the version 6 information with no updates).


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