User Ed - The blog of Ed Price, Customer Program Manager

User Ed is a Microsoft blog written by a Customer Program Manager, Ed Price. Ed enjoys Customer Engagement, Experience Design, TechNet Wiki, and general education around Microsoft products.

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  • Blog Post: NEW WHITEPAPER: Using Power BI in a Hybrid Environment

    Summary: Many organizations are taking advantage of the benefits of cloud computing such as lower capital expenditures and increased agility, while still maintaining data in on-premises data stores. This paper describes best practices for security, networking, and component architecture for building...
  • Blog Post: NEW FREE eBook - Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (+ Power BI)

    Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 By Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner April 2014 125 pages In this book, the authors explain how SQL Server 2014 incorporates in-memory technology to boost performance in online transactional processing (OLTP) and data-warehouse solutions. They also describe...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Guru Awards - From December to January

    A few weeks back, XAML Guy posted the December TechNet Guru awards: TechNet Guru Awards - December 2013 To give you a taste, here are the results of the technologies in my product areas (SQL Server, Power BI, and Small Basic)... Small Basic Technical Guru - December 2013...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 - Power View for Multidimensional Models

    Power View for Multidimensional Models The ability to create Power View reports against multidimensional models was first introduced in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 4. Power View for Multidimensional Models functionality is now included as part of SQL Server 2014. Power...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2014 - SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)

    Updates to Design Tool installation SQL Server Data Tools for Business Intelligence (SSDT BI), previously known as Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS), is used to create Analysis Services models, Reporting Services reports, and Integration Services packages. In this pre-release version...
  • Blog Post: Interview with a SQL Server Guru: Shanky 621

    My interview is with Shanky_621 . Shanky has 19K Recognition points, over 1K forum answers, and he has 3 TechNet Guru medals (for SQL Server), including 1 gold medal! SQL Server is also my product I work on, so I love to see community members championing SQL Server! Let's get the...
  • Blog Post: Power Map helps you raise children!

    Well, sort of. =^) This video is giving me goosebumps: Get more details here: One Year Old Travels: A Father and Son's Journey Through the First Year of Life Fantastic blog post and video from B lair! Very emotional and fun! Soundtrack: Artist: Odesza Song: We...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server BI Gold Medal Winner - Using a View to Mask Multi-Server SSIS Package Configurations

    Jason won the SQL BI Guru gold medal for October! Here's his winning article... Using a View to Mask Multi-Server SSIS Package Configurations By Jason Brugger December 8, 2013 SSIS Package Configurations allows property values which are particular to a given SQL Server instance to be customized...
  • Blog Post: Three SSRS Quizzes - Test Your Knowledge!!!

    SSRS Parameters, Authentication, and SharePoint Integration -- Test Your Knowledge There are three new SSRS quizzes to test your knowledge on integration with SharePoint, authentication, and parameters. The quizzes are at http://quizapp.cloudapp.net/default.aspx?quiz=ssrs . Please take the quizzes...
  • Blog Post: Power Pivot - DAX Error Messages Survey

    Have you ever written a DAX formula and gotten an error message you didn't understand? Please take a 3-minute survey here: http://aka.ms/DAXErrors For instance: "The end of the input has been reached" or "A function 'Calculate' has been used in a true/false expression that is used as...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Database Guru - Shrink SQL Database During Restore

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Congratulations to Pituach , our SQL Server Database Engine Guru winner for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . About Pituach : Ronen Ariely, Programmer professional, SQL & BI Architect. with more than 12 years of experience...
  • Blog Post: Visual C# Guru - Connecting to SSAS Cube using Silverlight

    time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Congratulations to Jaliya Udagedara , our C# Guru winner for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . About Jaliya : A Microsoft Partner, he has a passion for technology and loves Microsoft .NET framework. He uses C# as his proficient...
  • Blog Post: Transact-SQL Guru - Gaps and Islands Problem

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Multi MCC award winner, three-time TechNet Guru Gold Medal winner, and Wiki Ninja Belt holder, Naomi N is our T-SQL Guru for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . ABOUT NAOMI : I am an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience...
  • Blog Post: Power BI - Blog posts you should read!!!

    Rather than writing a blog post you should read, I'm going to send you to them! =^) Learn about Power BI : - Announcing Power BI for Office 365 - Introducing Power BI for Office 365 - What powers Power BI in Office 365? - What is the Bestselling Song of All Time? Find out with Power...
  • Blog Post: SSRS Guru - Multi Font Color / Multi Font Size within a Single Field / Textbox

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! SathyanarrayananS is our SSRS/SSIS TechNet Guru for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . Sathya's SQL Server Blog : http://www.allaboutmssql.com/p/about-me.html Here is the gold medal article: SSRS: Multi Font...
  • Blog Post: Power Pivot Guru - We’ve Got The Power: “Power BI”, New Microsoft BI Suite Announced

    It's time for another July TechNet Guru winner! Paul Turley is our Analysis Services/BI TechNet Guru for July! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for July 2013 . Paul is also an MVP and a member of the TechNet Wiki Advisory Board for SQL Server BI and Power BI content. About Paul :...
  • Blog Post: Transact-SQL: Date-Related Queries (featured article)

    Today we're featuring an article from mult-gold-medal winner of the T-SQL Guru competition, multi-winner of the MCC award, and TechNet Wiki Community Council member, Naomi N: Naomi N's Profile Naomi's Blog Thank you to Naomi for providing this great resource: T-SQL: Date-Related Queries...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 - SET ANSI_PADDING Setting and Its Importance

    It's time to feature another TechNet Wiki article! Check out this article from Naomi N: SET ANSI_PADDING Setting and Its Importance Problem Description Recently I got an interesting escalation to solve for the client. Our VFP based application was getting the following SQL Server error...
  • Blog Post: Transact-SQL Guru - How SQL Server Determines Type of the Constant

    It's time for our next June TechNet Guru winner! Multi MCC award winner, two-time TechNet Guru Gold Medal winner, and Wiki Ninja Green Belt, Naomi N is our SSRS TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . ABOUT NAOMI : I am an IT professional with more than 15...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Services Guru - Using Custom Code in SSRS Reports for Advanced String Operations

    It's time for our next June TechNet Guru winner! MCC award winner Tim Pacl is our SSRS TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . About Tim : Retired from the U. S. Navy Submarine Force. Working in computer industry since 1998. 4 years of that at Razorfish as...
  • Blog Post: Analysis Services Guru - Aggregations in SSAS

    It's time to congratulate another June TechNet Guru winner! Yogish Bhat is our SSAS TechNet Guru for June! See the TechNet Guru Contributions for June 2013 . Here is Yogish's winning article: Aggregations in SSAS Here are all the June SSAS winners: SQL Server Analysis...
  • Blog Post: T-SQL Guru - SQL Server PIVOT

    It's time for another May TechNet Guru winner! Naomi N is our T-SQL TechNet Guru for May! See more about the Technology Guru TechNet Wiki for May contest. About Naomi : I am an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience in variety of programming languages and technologies. I am a...
  • Blog Post: T-SQL Guru - Dynamic Pivot on Multiple Columns

    Naomi N is our TechNet Guru for May! See more about the Technology Guru TechNet Wiki for May contest. She had two winning articles. Here is one: T-SQL: Dynamic Pivot on Multiple Columns And here's an excerpt from the article: The problem of transposing rows into columns is one of the most...
  • Blog Post: Who's going to be the June SSRS Guru?

    What is TechNet Guru? One winner in each category will be selected each month for glory and adoration by the MSDN/TechNet Ninjas and community as a whole. This includes a dedicated blog post in the Wiki Ninjas blog, a tweet from the Wiki Ninjas Twitter account, an announcement on your forum, and other...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 & SharePoint - Content Quiz

    The SQL Server content publishing team has created a quiz that covers some of the basic steps of integrating Reporting Services 2012 and SharePoint. The quiz is available at http://quizapp.cloudapp.net/default.aspx?quiz=ssrs Did you take the quiz? Did you learn anything? =^) Thanks...
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