I can’t believe it’s only two weeks until TechEd North America.  It is shaping up to a great event and I hope we’ll see many of you in Atlanta during the week of May 16th – 19th.  If you’ve been to previous TechEd’s you know there’s a lot of ground to cover, with sessions on about every bit of technology and solutions from Microsoft.  For those of you looking forward to hearing about Microsoft Business Intelligence, you won’t be disappointed.  We’ll have a strong contingent of presenters from the product and engineering teams, our MVPs, and customers and partners.  We’ll be giving away lots of neat prizes as well with some special games lined up to really make this a fantastic event.  And that’s just for the BI track.  Let’s get to what you really are coming to TechEd for, and that’s the sessions.

We’ll have another PowerHour session on Wednesday afternoon which you won’t want to miss.  Lots of great demos and unique uses for Business Intelligence.  Like you, I can’t wait to be surprised by what our presenters have been cooking up.  

We’ll have lots of session on the next version of SQL Server code-named “Denali” covering our new BI capabilities and how you can prepare for them.  There has been lots of development since our last release (can you believe that SQL Server 2008 R2 was just released in May 2010?) that will sure to delight your users with more self-service capabilities, enterprise information management, and powerful analytics.  If you haven’t heard of Project “Crescent” you’ll definitely be introduced to our exciting new visualization and ad-hoc reporting capability.  For you PowerPivot fans, we’ll update you on v.next and answer your questions regarding deployment, management, and best practices in building out your solutions.

The Microsoft Business Intelligence Leadership Team (BILT) will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the vision and roadmap for our BI Capabilities.  Hear from the team as we outline our coming release, and areas of future investment.  There will also be lots of best practice, report design, deployment and management, as well as advanced dashboard creation sessions to help you create solutions your business demands today to delight your users and take your organization to the next level.

Be sure to check out the product pavilion and speak with the experts, as well as the Hands on Labs (HOL) area and use the technologies first hand.  It all kicks off on Sunday May 15th with the pre-con session with Peter Myers, Building your first BI Solution with SQL Server 2008 R2.

On Monday, check out the main keynote with Robert Wahbe and Jason Zander as well as the foundational session with Quentin Clark who will all discuss what’s coming in our next wave for Business Intelligence. And if you haven’t already done so, fill out your calendar to ensure your space at the sessions.

Look forward to meeting you there…

Pej Javaheri, Microsoft Business Intelligence Group Product Manager