August 2008 Blog Posts

The Importance of Planning in BI

Business Intelligence projects (like software development projects) are prone to bad or completely absent planning prior to their start. Most of us that work in the technology industries are busy professionals that can never seem to find enough time. When you consider that mindset and then the fact that project planning requires additional time...well you get the point. By our very nature we do not want to waste time! BI projects are large endeavors, rather BI enterprise projects are large endeavors. Personally, I have been fortunate enough to plan, design, and implement several enterprise systems over the years with some of...

SQL Server 2008 RTM Today

My friends over at SQL Server Magazine posted this today...SQL Server 2008 RTM! http://www.sqlmag.com/Article/ArticleID/99953/99953.html Microsoft continues to up the 'ante' in the Business Intelligence space, cheers. Update: Official Press Release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2008/aug08/08-06SQLServer2008PR.mspx    

SharePoint for BI Suggestion Topics

One of my favorite things to do each month is write SQL Server Magazine's Essential BI column. I write two posts for the column each month. About a month ago I started to focus on SharePoint for Business Intelligence (BI) topics. For those of you who don't know, SharePoint is Microsoft's BI portal platform. If you have ever seen a Microsoft BI slide deck then you probably know of the ‘hamburger slide’. The ‘hamburger slide’ is a common slide which shows that SharePoint is the outer-most layer in the Microsoft BI stack. Below is the slide, notice how SharePoint Server is...

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