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I'm the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team covering Service Industries (including markets such as professional services, construction, architecture and advertising). I've been at Microsoft for over 17 years and was previously a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), part of Microsoft's Health Solution Group. I also spent 8 years as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, where my team created and delivered the Microsoft business intelligence and reporting platform for IT Pros, end users and developers as part of SQL Server and Visual Studio. I joined Microsoft after a role as software architect for a4 Health Systems, a hospital software company in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Wincing the Night Away (Tips for SSRS in SharePoint Mode)

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    Here is some useful information about using SSRS in SharePoint Integrated mode (included with SP2): Installing the SharePoint Add-In If you plan to upgrade from a previous version of the add-in, you should uninstall the previous add-in then install...
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    The Destroyed Room (Hyperion Essbase and Reporting Services White Paper)

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    One of the new Reporting Services features of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is integration with the Hyperion Essbase 9.3 . Similar to building reports on SQL Server Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BI , this integration includes a new .NET data extension...
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    Today! (Cleaning up Reporting Services SharePoint Add-In Setup Problems)

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    Some people have had problems during installation of the new Reporting Services Add-in for Microsoft SharePoint . If the add-in setup fails while to add the Reporting Services feature to the sites, some of your SharePoint sites will no longer work. You...
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    Radical Connector (SP2 CTP2 is Released!)

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    I'm very excited to let you know that you can get your hands on the first CTP for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 . This release will enable you to start testing a few new features for Reporting Services, including: Hyperion Essbase Provider and...
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    The Tigers Have Spoken (Reporting Services White Papers)

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    I've got a virtual cornucopia of SQL Server Reporting Services technical articles recently released on MSDN for you! The first three are from some of the other members of the Reporting Services development team: Robert Bruckner (report engine...
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    More Fun (MDX Query Designer Error After Office 2007 Install)

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    If you are running the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta , you may noticed some problems in the MDX query designer in the Reporting Services Report Designer. Specifically, trying to execute an MDX query that has been typed or modified directly in the...
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    On the Mouth (Teo on Custom Report Items)

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    Teo is at it again! He has written a great article appearing in MSDN Magazine this month on building custom report items for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. When I get a chance, I'll publish the code for the custom report item I built for Tech Ed...
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    End of Amnesia (Avoiding Divide By Zero Errors)

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    People often ask how to avoid divide by zero problems in their Reporting Services reports. Let's say you have a textbox that calculates profit margin via the expression: =Fields!Price.Value / Fields!Cost.Value This works fine unless a value in...
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    Plus, Also, Too (Crystal Migration Partners)

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    We just put up a list of partners that can assist with a migration from Crystal Reports to SQL Server Reporting Services. The list is at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/technologies/reporting/partners/crystal-migration.mspx .
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    Lights from the Wheelhouse (RS Best Practices)

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    Adam Cogan from SSW, a longtime a friend of SSRS in Australia, has developed a nice set of tips and guidelines for Reporting Services as part of his Rules to Better... site. The site has a bunch of best practices for of .NET development topics and software...
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    Twin Infinitives (IE7 and Reporting Services)

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    If you have been using the Internet Explorer version 7 beta release, you might have noticed some problem with viewing Reporting Services reports. The problem manifested in the report viewer, which would continually refresh and not get past the "report...
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    Will anything happen (Jobs on the Reporting Services Team)

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    If you are interested in working on the next version of Reporting Services, I have a job opening for a program manager posted . We also have positions open for testers and developers if that is more your style. If you are interested, leave your e-mail...
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    Rather Ripped (Select All in Service Pack 1)

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    If you've applied Service Pack 1 to your SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services installation (I hope you did, as there are lots of good things in it), you might have noticed the disappearance of "Select All" from the drop down list for multi-valued parameters...
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    It's All Around You (Parameter Prompts in Report Builder)

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    Quite a few people ask whether you can add prompted parameters to reports built using Report Builder. While it is not easy to find, you can definitely do it. In the filter dialog, after you add something to the filter from the field list, click on...
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    Drums and Wires (SAP Certification for SSRS)

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    I am very excited to let you know that we have completed certification for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on SAP NetWeaver BI (aka SAP BW). We released support for SAP BW in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 in the form of a data provider as well as...
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    Emperor Tomato Ketchup (SSRS Upgrade Documentation)

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    For those of you who are contemplating a move to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, there is a great chapter on upgrading SSRS in the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide . The entire guide is a whopping 360 pages but Section 4.0.1 is chock...
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    The Spell (Tech Ed Stuff)

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    Another year, another TechEd ! It's hard to imagine, but this will be my 8th consecutive Tech Ed (I've been at MS for 10 years now) and the 4th since we released Reporting Services. A nice change of pace this year is that the show is in Boston, not somewhere...
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    Technique (CustomReportItem Sample Configuration)

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    If you are trying to use the Custom Report Item sample in the updated SQL Server 2005 Samples, there was a mismatch in the early release of the documenation. Specifically, there was an error in the configuration file entries. The documenation refers...
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    Peng! (Crystal to SSRS Migration Guide)

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    One of the top questions we get from customers is how to migrate from Crystal Reports. For those of you who are looking to make the switch, we just posted a migration guide on the web site. We are also having an associated webcast scheduled for June...
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    Green Mind (SP1 Hotfix Rollup)

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    You might want to take a look at the just released SQL Server 2005 SP1 hotfix rollup . This package contains a collection fixes that came in too late to fit into the SP1 release process. Unfortunately, the descriptions of some of the bugs in the fix list...
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    Dare to Be Surprised (Missing Files)

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    Unfortunately, I let the account expire at the hosting service I was using for my file storage. I realize that all of the attached files in the blog are missing. Over the next week or so, I will try to repost them from other sources. Sorry about that...
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    Will You Find Me (SP1 is released)

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    SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 is out! It was supposed to be yesterday but the files have taken a while to upload. The pointer to the English version is here . Reporting Services changes can be seen here . Enjoy!
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    Stands for Decibels (SP1 CTP)

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    It's been a while since my last post but as you'll see, I've been busy. In addition to thinking about the next major release of Reporting Services, I've been working on getting out the Reporting Services changes for SQL 2005 Service Pack 1. Today we reached...
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    De Stijl (Report Pack Updates)

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    I know many of you have downloaded one or more of the Report Packs for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services . In the past two years, we released 7 of them, ranging from IIS log reporting to business reports for Axapta and MSCRM. Specifically in reference...
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    Sing the Troubled Beast (New RS / DM Article)

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    We just published an excerpt from the book, Applied Microsoft Analysis Services, by Teo Lachev. The article is titled Implementing Smart Reports with the Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform and shows how you can integrate Reporting Services with...
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