Data as Strategy

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I’ve created a presentation called “Data as Strategy”, and in it I cover multiple solutions for various issues that organizations face in dealing with the “new world” of data management. No longer are we just DBA’s or Developers, now we’re part of the broader business strategy of using data in strategic decisions.

That presentation covers a lot of ground, really quickly, so I thought I would post some of the links I mention during the talk here. I’ll actually come back and update this page as time goes on, so be sure to bookmark it. I’ll have a mix here of Microsoft sources, outside opinions, whitepapers, tutorials and videos wherever I can.

SQL Server 2008
New features on SQL Server 2008:
Policy Based Management Link List Page:

SQL Server 2008R2 General
What's New:
Editions Overview: and
Features supported by Edition:
Unicode Compression:
SysPrep and SQL Server Installs:

SQL Azure
Azure Overview:
Windows Azure Training Kit:
Writing a Azure Program in 5 steps:
Azure Data Sync:
Future of programming with Azure Video:
Reference list for Windows Azure:

SQL Server 2008R2 UCP and Management
UCP and DAC Overview:
More DAC information:
Virtualizing the Database Layer:

SQL Server 2008R2 Programming and Data Modeling
Data Programming and Modeling Video:
More Data Modeling Videos:

SQL Server 2008R2 StreamInsight
Stream Insight Overview:
StreamInsight Whitepaper:
StreamInsight Video: and

SQL Server 2008R2 PowerPivot
PowerPivot Resources:
PowerPivot Server Install Instructions:
Self-service BI Overview:
Virtual Lab for PowerPivot:
Practical overview of PowerPivot:

SQL Server 2008R2 Master Data Management
Master Data Services Overview:
Master Data Services Tutorial:
Master Data Management Whitepaper:


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  • Hi Buck.  Will you be posting the actual presentation, or just the links?  Thanks.  Steve W.

  • Just the links. The presentation wouldn't do a lot of good - I'm graphics-heavy and text lite, since I don't do the typical Microsoft "eye chart" style. I try to tailor the discussion to what people in the audience want to hear.

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