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About Direct Reports

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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    Mask (MSDN TV)

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    For some reason, I like to pretend that some of you would like to see what I look like. Now is your chance as I have recorded 2 episodes of MSDN TV, Using the New Visual Studio 2005 Report Controls and Report Authoring Tips and Tricks . Enjoy!
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    Ben Hur (New Webcast)

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    I did a TechNet Webcast last week called SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services: Management and Configuration . It presents a walkthrough of the management side of Reporting Services, including some of the new SQL 2005 features in this area. You can view...
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    Everything Falls Apart (Report Manager as Report)

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    I finally got around to seeing the movie Adaptation . For those of you who didn't get to see it, it's a movie by Charlie Kaufman , the writer of Being John Malkovich . I've wanted to see it since it came out but never got around to it. Without giving...
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    London 0 Hull 4 (TechEd Recap)

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    Well, I'm finished with my TechEd sessions. I had Report Server Management and Configuration today, the "BI Power Hour" yesterday, and the Report Controls on Tuesday. If you weren't able to attend the power Hour, you really missed a show - we had 5 presenters...
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    The Question Is No (TechEd Fashion)

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    It's been hard to blog from TechEd as the wireless network at the show and the network connection in my hotel room have both been extremely spotty. Lots of stuff going on today, including Paul's announcement that Reporting Services will be available in...
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    That's the Long and Short of It (TechEd Begins)

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    I arrived in sunny (not) Orlando last night. Orlando never changes between times I am here, it just gets bigger. Today, I am doing a preview of my management session at something called Academic Days at TechEd . It's a good thing as I have discovered...
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    Up A Tree (Moving to SQL 2005 RS)

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    Lots of people ask me about what is coming in the next release of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. I put together a white paper a few months back and it finally got posted to the web last week. There are a couple of things that aren't described there...
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    Ask Me Tomorrow (New RS TechNet Site)

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    There is a cool new TechNet site available that has a nice aggregation of Reporting Services content. Check it out .
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    Last Splash (Reporting Services Scripter)

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    Jasper Smith has created a cool tool called Reporting Services Scripter that creates scripts from an existing Reporting Services server that you can use to apply to a new server. We have some new scripting functionality in the release of SQL Server 2005...
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    Perfect From Now On (Custom Chart Legends)

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    While the legend built into Reporting Services charts is relatively easy to use, it lacks some of the flexibility that you might like to have. One issue is that it takes up space within the chart boundaries, making the plot area smaller as the number...
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    Dig Me Out (Resetting Report Page Numbers)

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    Chris hasn't gotten a chance to update his Sleazy Hacks Weblog so I thought I would post this in the meantime. Resetting the page number in a report isn’t natively supported in Reporting Services, but there is a partial workaround. First, add this...
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    Pinkerton (ReportViewer Starter Kit)

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    Another great resource for those of you who want to try out the new report controls in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Check out the Web Log Analyzer Starter Kit at http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/downloads/starterkits/ .
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    Three Imaginary Boys (Static Matrix Column Headers)

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    If you are using the matrix control in Reporting Services, you may want to create a static heading over top of your column headers. For example: You might first try putting a text box on the body above the matrix. But if you don't know how many columns...
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    Treasure (RS2005 Article)

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    There a new article about upcoming release of Reporting Services from Steven Swoyer on the TDWI site. The only real quibble I have is with the "SQL-only" FUD from our competitors at the bottom of the article. As many of our customers know, Reporting Services...
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    No Pocky for Kity (Custom Aggregates)

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    While SQL Server Reporting Services supports a variety of built-in aggregates , one of the things that people ask for is the ability to define custom aggregates. While this is not directly supported in RDL, there is a trick you can do using the <Code>...
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    Daydream Nation (Teo's Articles)

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    One of the Reporting Services authors, Teo Lachev, has written an article on the new Report Builder feature in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. In addition, his book, Reporting Services in Action , is an excellent guide for those of you looking to...
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    Pleased to Meet Me (BI Webcasts)

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    My marketing guys (who are really nice and not sleazy at all) would like me to encourage you to register for the SQL Server 2005 BI Webcast Series . I think I even will be doing a couple of them but I'm not sure which ones.
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    The Girl who Runs the Beat Hotel (ReportViewer docs)

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    One of the cool new things in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is the new Report Viewer controls. These controls make it easy to embed rich Reporting Services reports in your WinForms and ASP.NET applications. As one of the goals was to deeply integrate them...
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    Brotherhood (What is a CTP?)

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    So, what's a CTP anyway? Recently, we announced that instead of releasing SQL Server 2005 Beta 3, we would move to a model of releasing multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview) up until the final release of the product later this year. But what...
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    Atomizer (Expression-based Connection Strings)

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    One of the new features of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services is support for expression-based connection strings. Many customers have the same database schema in multiple database or servers. In SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, it was hard to have...
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    Darklands

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    For those of you that are interested in using the new SharePoint Web Parts in Reporting Services SP2 , there is a new white paper on TechNet that has a good overview of the Web Parts as well as tips and tricks for using them.
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    Unknown Country

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    There is an oversight in the documentation of the new client print functionality of Reporting Services Service Pack 2 . SP2 has a new behavior that extracts the page size and margin information at report publishing time so that it can be used by the print...
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    Isn't Anything

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    For those of you who were on the beta of Reporting Services SP2 , when you upgrade to the final relase you may have a problem when using the new client print functionality. The issue is that we did not change the CLSID of the print control object between...
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    Distant Plastic Trees (Multi-Valued Parameters)

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    One of the cool new features of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services is multi-valued parameters. SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services only allowed you to have a single value for a parameter. For example, if your parameter was color, you could pick red or...
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    Wowee Zowee

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    Reporting Services Service Pack 2 requires a reboot. Here's why. When we started building the setup for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services back in mid 2003, we started with a copy of the SQL Server 2005 (then called Yukon) setup code. While this seemed...
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