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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Common Criteria Certification

    By SQL Server Team UK In February 2013 Microsoft received the Common Criteria (CC) certificate for SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise Edition (English) x64 (Version 11.0.3000.0) at EAL4+ and compliant with U.S. Government Protection Profile for Database Management Systems, Version 1.3, 24 December 2010....
  • Blog Post: Event: SQL Relay 2013 Announced

    For those of you who are focused on SQL Server I thought it would be good to let you know that following on from SQL Bits in May is SQL Relay in June .  You will find all the details in the flier below:  
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Sports New Media

    Sports New Media specialises in offering integrated social media management services to high-profile sports stars and organisations. It wanted to launch a cloud-based social media management tool to minimise upfront investment and rapidly gain market share. For its award-winning Syocial media management...
  • Blog Post: Poll of the Fortnight: SQL Server

    <a href="https://saraallison.wufoo.com/forms/z7p8x7/">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View the Results
  • Blog Post: Event: Microsoft’s Kamal Hathi to Lead World-Class Agenda

    We are excited to announce that Microsoft Director of SQL Server Business Intelligence Kamal Hathi will be delivering the keynote at PASS SQLRally Nordic 2012, kicking off the main program Tuesday, October 2. Meet him and a large contingent of top international speakers at one of the world’s biggest...
  • Blog Post: Event: Upcoming SQL Server Events

    SQL Server FAQ have just dropped over the events that they have planned all the way up to Christmas! Here’s a quick run down of what’s coming up! Get your diaries out and register early to avoid disappointment. Wed, 8 Aug - SOUTHAMPTON - Evening Meeting - Chris Testa-O'Neill & Alex...
  • Blog Post: Article: PowerShell - Combining Power with Wisdom

    By Jen Stirrup Albert Einstein once said that the attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful, and then only for a short while. Fortunately, I believe that PowerShell is one of those rare melding of power and wisdom, since it can help a wide variety of people such as DBAs,...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Flash Poll: What SQL Server Certification/s do you hold?

  • Blog Post: Article: Developers and IT Pros, sitting in the tree…?

    By Andrew Fryer There’s a perception that developers and IT Professionals don’t always get along. Possibly the reason for this is the friction that can arise during deployment, part of which involves a database like SQL Server. Some of the causes for this in SQL Server projects I have...
  • Blog Post: Article: SQL Server Integration Services – a victim of its own success?

    By Jen Stirrup Is SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a victim of its own success? For many developers, it is possible to ‘get by’ in SSIS – in other words, it is possible to pull and push data around, using the easy-to-use drag and drop components to create a package. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Event: SQL Relay - 5 days of free SQL Server training in the UK

    If you work with SQL Server make sure you catch one of the SQL Relay training days. The event is kicking off on 21 May and offers free SQL Server training at various locations across the UK. Each day will have 2 sessions. The morning session is with Morris Novello, SQL Server Product Manager and Andrew...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server and Linux sitting in a tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G.

    So, you’ve got a big Microsoft SQL Server infrastructure with lots of lovely data on it and you have a bunch of computers running Linux that need the data. Until now, getting the two systems to talk was challenging. But now, the Microsoft SQL Server Team has announced a preview release of the...
  • Blog Post: SQLBits 10 – the official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event

    Do you work with SQL Server? Would you like to improve your SQL Server knowledge and find out what’s new in SQL Server 2012? If so, then you should come to SQLBits – the UK’s SQL Server technical conference and the second largest SQL Server conference in the world. Since it's inception...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s vNext of SQL Server Data Tools... aka Data Dude

    Database specialist Lynn Langit installed the latest release of SQL Server Data Tools and shared the experience on her blog . The idea behind the new release is to make developing with databases in Visual Studio more like working in SQL Server Management studio. It's completely free and takes about 30...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Organising Events

    by Jonathan Allen We have a strong SQL community in the UK, but earlier this year the user group leaders agreed it would be good if we could encourage more people to join in. Chris Testa O’Neill and Tony Rogerson came up with the idea of SQL Relay when they were at the MVP Summit in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: How to create a mobile BI report hosted on Azure

    by Jen Stirrup Mobilisation is a key trend in business intelligence. Azure is ‘up and coming’. What happens if you put these things together? This article will discuss some context around mobilising Azure for business intelligence. Once the context around mobile business intelligence has...
  • Blog Post: The Secrets of PowerShell

    PowerShell is one of Microsoft’s administrative task automation platform. It is designed to enable the management of all aspects of a Windows system. PowerShell provides a wealth of cmdlets, small programs that do useful things, e.g. getting a user from AD, or removing an Exchange mailbox. Cmdlets...
  • Blog Post: Umbraco UK Festival

        Tomorrow is the Umbraco Festival in London where our very own Martin Beeby will be presenting. Developed by Niels Hartvig in 2000, Umbraco was released as open source software in 2004. It was later described by CMS Wire as one of the leading .NET-based open source CMS systems. This year...
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