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Microsoft is announcing Power Bi for Office 365

Today, during the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced “Power BI for Office 365”.

Following the “Empower the end user” trend, Microsoft will provide to Office 365 users it’s self-service BI Tools that has until now been shipped into Excel : Power Pivot, Power View, Data Explorer renamed Power Data and Geo Flow renamed Power Map.

Doing so, Microsoft is also giving a final name to the two self-service bi Tools that are still in preview in Excel 2013: Data Explorer and Geo Flow.

What’s also important to note here, is that through this release, Microsoft will start to address the mobility since the rendering will be done in html5 (was previously done in Silverlight).

You can read the official blog post here : Introducing Power BI for Office 365

… and register for the preview here : Power BI for Office 365

Update : Chris Webb shares his thoughts on this there.

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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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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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[Master Data Services] “The http service located at xxx is too busy”

During the installation process of SQL Server 2012 RC0 / Master Data Services, you are asked to provide an administrator user account.

When connecting for the first time to the MDS web service via the new MDS Excel Add in for example, you may experience the following error : “The http service located at http://xxx is too busy”

The user account you entered earlier is used, among other things, to configure the default application pool that belongs to MDS. In particular, you may have noticed that you weren’t asked for the password. That’s exactly what’s missing.

Follow the following steps (from left to right) :

  1. Right click on you Computer icon on your desktop, choose “Manage”.
  2. Under “Services and Applications”, click on “Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager”.
  3. In the appearing pane, select “Application Pools”. Here you’ll find the “MDS Application Pool” application. Right click on it, and select “Advanced Settings”.
  4. Under “Process Model”, find the “Identity” property, click in the field and click on the “…” button. Choose “Set”. There you can enter the password.

Having spent 20 minutes to find out what was wrong, I thought it might help someone else to share my findings.

 

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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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