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  • Blog Post: What are you reading...

    It's a question I get asked this time every year by family and friends looking to buy me book tokens for my impending birthday. So this weekend I get a phone-call from my mother in Australia and the topic of my birthday comes up. Mum: So Ben - What are you reading at the moment? Ben: Nothing in particular...
  • Blog Post: De-constructing the "Angry Cinnamon"

    So why the angry cinnamon - A good question: READ I have absolutely NO idea. A term used internally and although I don't know it's exact origin - I'm crediting Chuck Mitten who works in the Microsoft OBA Partner team in Boise. So let's break this down. BI has historically been a ‘read-only’ business...
  • Blog Post: TechWeb Readers' Choice Awards: Microsoft is Best Performance Management Suite Vendor

    This is a great start to the new year although I guess I'm a little surprised at this given the PerformancePoint beta was only released under CTP in December. MS BI have won the TechWeb Readers’ Choice Award for Best Customer Analytics , Best ETL Software and Best XML Database … and we haven’t even released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference (May 9th - 11th 2007)

    Here's some early information about Microsoft's BI conference planned for May 9th. With the release of SQL Server 2005, Business Scorecard Manager 2005, the 2007 Office system, the ProClarity acquisition and the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) release of Office PerformancePoint Server 2007,...
  • Blog Post: Best Practices: Building vertical KPI's

    I was speaking with a colleague of mine Jeremy Neal. Jeremy has come over to Microsoft as part of the ProClarity acquisition and works as an OBA Solution Sales Professional (SSP). A couple of weeks back at the monthly ProClarity UK Seminar we got talking about how we can effectively provide partners...
  • Blog Post: Business Scorecard Manager 2005 - SP1

    Good News for anyone working with BSM and thanks to Patrick Husting for the heads-up on this. As we get closer to releasing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, the field has asked the Business Scorecard Manager (BSM) 2005 team if Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 will be a supported...
  • Blog Post: Missing in Action

    I've been out of the office for almost a month now but certainly been busy with fatherhood I have a beautiful baby daughter and last week we released to manufacturing (RTM) both Windows Vista and the Microsoft Office System 2007. I've been running around the country presenting to partners as part...
  • Blog Post: Dashboard Ubiquity

    The following article on “Dashboard Ubiquity” was published last week by TDWI. The article references a whitepaper written by Wayne Eckerson called “Dashboards and Scorecards“. Wayne is a highly respected industry analyst and this is a fantastic piece of research and emphasises the convergence between...
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