Category: Microsoft Business Intelligence

Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

I just finished watching the hosted customer even in San Francisco where the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, CVP of Data Platform Group Quentin Clark and the SQL Server Product Marketing GM Eron Kelly officially introduced the new release of the SQL Server 2014. In this post I am not going to give

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Microsoft self-service BI on premise vs cloud

It appears that Satya Nadella has added an additional layer of context to the already ambitious Microsoft strategy of transforming itself into a “devices and services” company by declaring that “Going forward, it’s a mobile-first, cloud-first world”. I believe that it is safe to assume that in the near future, the roadmap of every Microsoft

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Getting back in the game…

I have not been posting much on the site in the last few months. This lack of activity was attributed to predominantly two things: A) My summer got really busy with my primary revenue generating activities and B) There was really not whole lot going on in the MS BI space that I felt I

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Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server

Anybody who has had to worry about implementing security in a SharePoint environment has at some point run into challenges with impersonating end users and passing their credentials all the way to the analysis services cube for authorization. The dreaded two hop challenges necessitated having to implement Kerberos authentication which has caused a lot of

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How to think strategic about Business Intelligence

Many people reach out to me asking for advice in helping them evaluate various BI platforms for their companies. In my mind I am obviously the wrong guy to ask as I am not shy to admit my fairly heavy bias towards Microsoft.  However, over the course of the last twenty years, I have been exposed

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Microsoft BI ranks highest in ability to execute by Gartner

Microsoft once again is ranked the highest in its ability to execute by Gartner in its magic quadrant for Business Intelligence.  The report is pretty long and boring, but if I were distill it down to a few salient points, I would choose the following: Companies see a dramatic improvement in BI capabilities going from

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SAP Hana vs Microsoft SQL Server, the war is on…

and the Germans are making the first move… I have written two posts about Hana vs. xVelocity (Part I and Part II) making the basic point that there is nothing truly visionary or revolutionary in SAP Hana from the technology perspective and that a customer can get all the benefits (or rather alleged benefits as

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Microsoft makes big announcements at SQL PASS

I will have a more detailed write-up of everything later but still wanted to give a quick summary of the new announcements: Updateable Column store – Project Hekaton will be released in the next major release of SQL Server and will allow us create updateable clustered column store indexes. This is huge, 20-50 performance increases

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Forrester Releases “Self-Service Business Intelligence Platforms” report, Microsoft identified as leader

Well, a leader and not the leader, although Microsoft BI stack is definitely ranked very high by Forrester.  Please follow this link to read the report. This is probably a little bit of old news, since the report was release in June and updated in the middle of July, but I figured it be a

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Slew of important SQL Server announcements is expected at SQL Pass conference in Seattle this year

Microsoft is expected to make a number of very important announcements at the upcoming SQL Pass conference in Seattle… If you are on the fence about attending it this year, I would definitely recommend attending this event.