Posts Tagged SQL Server 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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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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Microsoft TechDays’12

In a few days from now I will be participating to the french edition of the MS TechDays’12  that will take place in Paris from the 7th to the 9th of February, and this year again I will be a speaker.

The session, that I will share with two colleagues of mine, will be a level 300 presentation about Master Data Services (MDS) and how MDS helps you to manage your master data :

SQL Server 2012: Gérer vos données maitres avec Master Data Services (MDS)

If you have the opportunity to attend it, don’t hesitate to join !

As an alternative, you may also want to review those other sessions, all conducted by colleagues from Avanade :

• Sharepoint 2010 et les utilisateurs infonuagiques : Gaël Fabry

• ALM 360° – Les fonctionnalités clés de Visual Studio et TFS pour booster vos projets : Philippe Puschmann

• Azure Integration Services : les concepts de BizTalk dans le Cloud : Olivier Sagory et Marius Zaharia

• Concevoir sa plateforme commerce multi canal en moins d’une heure : David Allaigre et Régis Ravant

Nouvelles tendances du poste de travail: “Bring your Own PC”, “Desktop as a Service”, une réalité en entreprise – Parcours Décideurs : Régis Ravant

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Microsoft Days 2011 : Data Quality for datawarehouse projects

Recently, a colleague of mine and I were asked to record a webcast for the Microsoft Days 2011 Event.

It’s a french Microsoft event that took place between the end of september and november in 7 cities across the country.

In order to offer more food for thoughts to their visitors, Microsoft is asking to some experts in their domain to participate to webcasts.

Our webcast was focusing on Data Quality and its importance for datawarehousing projects. During the webcast we demonstrated why/how Data Quality Services (DQS) and Master Data Services (MDS) can be used together to achieve better data quality in our projects.

For those of you who are speaking french, you can take a look at it here.

Some of our colleagues have registered another webcast on Sharepoint 2010 which you can watch here.

 

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Pass Summit 2011 Announcements : SQLServer Denali Official names

Finally back from Seattle where I was attending the Pass Summit 2011 conference last week.

As always, we have seen some announcements relating to SQL Server made by Microsoft during the key notes, among which a few official namings was revealed :

  • SQL Server codename Denali has now officially become SQL Server 2012 and will be released in the first half of next year.
  • SQL Server codename Crescent will be named Power Viewer
  • SQL Server codename Project Juneau will become SQL Server Data Tools

 

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