Archive for March, 2012

Goodbye Vertipaq, hello xVelocity !

Usually when a MS product finally goes to RTM, even if you’ve been playing with all CTPs and RCs, you’ll discover some ultimate (last-minute?) changes and new small features that wasn’t present before.

This one seems to be “just” a re-branding but may be significant of a new strategy for the (almost) new MS in-memory analytics engine technology : the Vertipaq engine which is now integrated in Excel through Power Pivot, Sharepoint through Power Pivot and PowerView, Analysis Services through Tabular Model and even in the Database Engine through ColumnStore Index (Codename Apollo) is now called xVelocity!

You can find the official announcement here on the Sql Server Team blog, and the usual strategy clarification here on the Analysis Services and Power Pivot Team Blog.

So … long live xVelocity !

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Microsoft Techdays’12 Webcasts

Recently i blogged here on the Microsoft Techdays’12 event that took place in Paris a few weeks ago.

If you missed it or could not attend all your sessions of interest, you can now watch them all on the event’s website.

That’s great material for us to learn a little bit more on the MS products and to gather real life feedbacks on them.

Finally, just a little bit of ad for the session I made back then :) : it’s on MDS and  you can watch the video right here.

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SQL Server 2012 goes RTM !

Today on his blog, the SQL Server team just announced that SQL Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing :

“Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1.”

Exciting news indeed, as it gives us opportunities to explore new ways to deliver “Breakthrough Insights” to everyone.

additionally, you can register now for the virtual launch event (VLE) that will take place online tomorrow on march 7, 2012.

As Platinum Partners for the event, you can find the Avanade and Accenture virtual booth online here !

It’s not available at the moment but it should be accessible after the start of the VLE.

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