Posted by denglishbi on January 29, 2009
Just wanted to let everyone know that a new release came out this week. Check out the add-in for BIDS out on CodePlex here – BIDS Helper. The new features include the following (along with a few enhancements):
Release 1.4 contains a number of new features:
- Analysis Services
- Integration Services
- Reporting Services
And it contains a number of enhancements and bug fixes:
As you can see there are a couple of features for Reporting Services now You can see how datasets are being used and also which ones are not. Even an option to delete those cached dataset files from within BIDS SSIS now has a documentation report that you can generate to get some high-level information to for the packages. I see that there has been one source code change since the release, so if you want to be on the latest and greatest then check out the source code section.
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Posted by denglishbi on January 23, 2009
Yesterday I was informed that the next release of PerformancePoint Server (version 2) will now become part of the next release of SharePoint Server Enterprise (Office 14). This was not public information yet and unfortunately it was leaked a little earlier “Just call me Office 14 SharePoint PerformancePoint Services”. This did cause a little outbreak in the forums “PPS Planning is being discontinued”.
Microsoft has decided to include the rich analytics of PPS Monitoring & Analytics for its customers to expand on the existing dashboard and KPI features that exist in MOSS 2007 today. This is great news for existing MOSS Enterprise customers since starting today they will be able to get PerformancePoint Server at no additional cost.
This summer there will be a service pack (SP) 3 released for PPS 2007, but after that no further development will be done with the Planning portion of the product. That is bad news for the consulting and vendors (Orange Peel) that focused on the Planning portion. Like Chris Webb “So, farewell then PerformancePoint Planning”, I also did not dive fully into the Planning portion yet, but I was optimistic that it would eventually become a mature product. It definitely looked promising and it completed the Performance Management lifecycle process. I was eventually going to get my certification 70-556 TS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications, but I guess I will hold off now and wait for the SharePoint Office 14 equivalent since this test was 80 to 90% focused on Planning.
I am assuming this is part of the big “Microsoft Reports Second-Quarter Results” announcement yesterday and now the economy downfall is finally forcing Microsoft to start to make some tough decisions.
So with v2 of the PPS product (and I am not talking about Project Portfolio Server) WSS customers will be out of luck. This will now become fully baked into the Enterprise version of SharePoint like the existing dashboard, KPI, and Excel Services features. It does sound like there will be a very drastic reduction in the CAL licensing, but I will leave that to the licensing experts. With the Office 14 release in H1 2010, which will be followed up by the SQL Server 2008 Feature Update ‘”Kilimanjaro”, it sounds like the advanced analytics of ProClarity (like Decomposition Tree and Performance Map) will be finally incorporated into the product
For some additional insight and thoughts take a look at Peter Koller’s posting here – PerformancePoint is no more.
UPDATE: Here is the official announcement and a video you can check out – Microsoft BI Strategy Update. Take a few minutes and watch this video with Guy Weismantel, Director of Microsoft BI. In it, Guy explains these changes and the future value Microsoft customers will gain from this strategy. (link to video)
UPDATE (1/28/2009): For additional information in regards to this announcement check out this posting in the PerformancePoint M&A Forums – Microsoft Business Intelligence Announcement Q&A.
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Posted by denglishbi on January 18, 2009
I had done a posting last February, “Free Microsoft Software for College Students”, and I just wanted to send an update in regards to this. The Microsoft DreamSpark program offers free developer and design tools to students. The software available is Visual Studio Professional 2005 and 2008, XNA Game Studio 2.0, Microsoft Expression Studio 2, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Standard Editions, and SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition.
The other free tools that are available to anyone are Visual C# 2008, Visual C++ 2008, Visual Basic 2008, Visual Web Developer 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express Editions, and Microsoft Virtual PC.
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
Another deal for students is to get Office 2007 Ultimate 2007 for $59.95, Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade for $64.95, or Office Visio Professional 2007 for $55.95 – Microsoft Discounts for US Students. Not a bad deal. So if you know anyone that is a student you might want to give them a call
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Posted by denglishbi on January 17, 2009
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Posted by denglishbi on January 16, 2009
Liquidation starts tomorrow and the protection plans are still being supported by 3rd party if you have one. So much for our local Best Buy competition.
Apparently the Canadian stores will remain open.
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Posted by denglishbi on January 16, 2009
The next PASSMN Minnesota SQL Server User Group meeting is coming up next week. The meeting is on January 20 from 3 PM to 5:15 PM. You can visit the local site to get registered at http://www.mnssug.org or click on the link to register here.
This month the topics are:
SQL Server 2008 Manageability Overview (speaker Buck Woody, Microsoft) – Microsoft has released the most powerful version of SQL Server to date and with it comes new tools to manage, monitor and tune your database platforms. Buck Woody will explain and demonstrate many of these management improvements. Come ready to learn and ask questions about Policy Based Management, the Data Collector, PowerShell for SQL Server, and more.
ORM Database Design (speaker Gordon Everest, University of Minnesota) – ORM is a high-level, conceptual data modeling scheme. ORM makes normalization unnecessary. With its associated design tools, you can automatically generate a relational database design which is guaranteed to be in fifth normal form! Then, automatically generate the relational database definition for your favorite DBMS. If you use MS Visual Studio, you may already have an ORM modeling tool.
Just a reminder that the group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. If you are in the area and available to attend please join us and stop by and say ‘Hi’.
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