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  • Blog Post: Getting Started with the SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 Image

    Head on over and download the VHD from here . The VHD is quite large but has all the pieces you need to quick start your CTP3 experience (what, you mean you haven’t done this already?). Once you’ve downloaded all the files, you’ll need to UNRAR the files to extract the Hyper-V image.  Use your favorite...
  • Blog Post: Installing and using PowerPivot for Excel in Denali CTP

    For you PowerPivot fans you absolutely have to download and try the new version.  It is just GORGEOUS! In order to get going, here’s a quick guide and some of the new features that are available.  First off my assumption is that you have Excel 2010 (and the latest update of course). Go download...
  • Blog Post: Getting up and running with SQL Server Denali for Business Intelligence (Crescent and PowerPivot in CTP3)

    In this post, I’ll go over how you can quickly (and easily) setup SQL Server Denali to work with SharePoint, and get going creating some amazing Business Intelligence solutions.  Here’s the checklist of what you’ll need: A machine (or VM) that meets the system requirements.  I have a VM setup...
  • Blog Post: Analytics for Twitter

    I am happy to say, we just made available an application that allows you to search Twiitter right from your favorite analysis tool, Excel.  In fact, you can search up to 5 items that then populate the workbook with information on Topics, People, Tone, and lists all the tweets that are brought back...
  • Blog Post: What can HP and Microsoft do for you?

    Today’s post is from Daniel Yu, a Senior Technical Product Manger on the Microsoft BI Team. If you've been following the latest set of news from HP and Microsoft, you should know that we've know that last week HP/Microsoft some very important and exciting announcement for you. It’s not a tablet , but...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot in eWeek 2010 products of the year….

    eWeek has published their top products of 2010 and wouldn’t you know it, MIcrosoft’s PowerPivot is listed.  Here’s a link and the quote eWeek Article - http://bit.ly/i77Kno “One of my favorite products of the year was Microsoft's free add-in for Excel 2010, PowerPivot. The tool, which adds a new...
  • Blog Post: BI announcements @ PDC 2010

    Exciting stuff today.  For the first time in Microsoft’s history, PDC is happening on campus to a sold out crowd and were making lots of interesting announcements.  Two that have be stoked are SQL Azure Reporting and the new Windows Azure MarketPlace, DataMarket (codenamed “Dallas”). ...
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