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Dynamics AX product-related topics for project-based businesses such as consulting, accounting, advertising, and construction.

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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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    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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    Radical Connector (SP2 CTP2 is Released!)

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    I'm very excited to let you know that you can get your hands on the first CTP for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 . This release will enable you to start testing a few new features for Reporting Services, including: Hyperion Essbase Provider and...
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    For If You Cannot Fly (Updating Linked Report Page Settings)

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    I previously showed how you can programmatically set the page size properties (used by the print control) for a specific report on the server. I created an updated version of this sample that will set the page properties for all linked reports on your...
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    Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (What's up with Report Builder?)

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    Hopefully, you have gotten a chance to work with the latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services . But if you have, you may be a bit puzzled by the report design options in the CTP. Specifically: Report Builder looks just like it did in SSRS 2005...
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    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (SSRS Reports on SharePoint Lists)

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    Now that we have released the SSRS integration in MOSS 2007 / WSS in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 , people often ask whether they can build reports against data in SharePoint lists. Although this functionality is not built into SSRS, if you are willing...
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    Younger Than Yesterday (ReportViewer in VS 2008)

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    As most of you probably know by now, Visual Studio 2008 is now available. What you might not have noticed is a new version of the ReportViewer control and local /embedded report editing experience. Included with VS 2008 are the following new features...
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    De Stijl (Report Pack Updates)

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    I know many of you have downloaded one or more of the Report Packs for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services . In the past two years, we released 7 of them, ranging from IIS log reporting to business reports for Axapta and MSCRM. Specifically in reference...
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    The Tigers Have Spoken (Reporting Services White Papers)

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    I've got a virtual cornucopia of SQL Server Reporting Services technical articles recently released on MSDN for you! The first three are from some of the other members of the Reporting Services development team: Robert Bruckner (report engine...
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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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    Stands for Decibels (SP1 CTP)

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    It's been a while since my last post but as you'll see, I've been busy. In addition to thinking about the next major release of Reporting Services, I've been working on getting out the Reporting Services changes for SQL 2005 Service Pack 1. Today we reached...
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    Horse Stories (Welcome, Bob)

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    Please welcome a new Reporting Services blogger to the block. Bobs' Weblog will be a fountain of useful information from the principal developer behind the new Report Builder feature in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.
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    Horses (Parameterized Web Service Report)

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    Several people have had trouble using the new XML data provider in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Unfortunately, the feature came in very late in the cycle so the documentation is really sketchy. I have built a report that uses an Anagram web services...
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    Windows 8 Apps for Dynamics AX

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    Beautiful. Easy. Fun. When's the last time you used these words to describe your ERP system? For most users, interacting with business applications is tedious and challenging. But over the last few months, my team has been working to change these perceptions...
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    Intercompany Project Invoicing in AX 2012 R3 (Part 1)

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    Since the initial release of Dynamics AX 2012 in late 2011, we have invested a lot to make projects easier to use in multi-company scenarios. In the 2012 feature pack, we enabled users to report time against projects in other legal entities. In the R2...
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    Intercompany Project Invoicing in AX 2012 R3 (Part 2)

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    In my last post , I showed you how to set up the new intercompany invoicing for projects feature in the upcoming AX 2012 R3 release. I'll finish by show you how the transactions are actually processed. In my example, I'm an employee in Contoso Consulting...
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    Why ERP?

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    Sometimes I'm at a party and someone asks where I work. If the party is in Seattle and I say "Microsoft", the follow up is usually "Which group?" because the person either works there, contracts there, or has a friend in the XBOX of Office team that they...
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    Gone Glimmering (Fix for Visual Studio Hang)

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    I am very happy to announce that a fix has been released for the notorious "Visual Studio cannot shut down because a modal dialog is open" bug. I know that many of you are getting this daily when using the SQL Server 2005 Report Designer. You can read...
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    Dead Letter Office (Etch A Sketch)

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    At the PASS Community Summit in Dallas last month, we had another "BI Power Hour" where we show some interesting technology demos using SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence. Not wanting to repeat myself, I decided to create a new demo. This time, I took...
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    On the Mouth (Teo on Custom Report Items)

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    Teo is at it again! He has written a great article appearing in MSDN Magazine this month on building custom report items for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. When I get a chance, I'll publish the code for the custom report item I built for Tech Ed...
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    More Fun (MDX Query Designer Error After Office 2007 Install)

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    If you are running the 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta , you may noticed some problems in the MDX query designer in the Reporting Services Report Designer. Specifically, trying to execute an MDX query that has been typed or modified directly in the...
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    The Red Line (PDC Wrap Up)

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    It was a presenter's worst nightmare. I was in the middle of my PDC Power Hour demo and my laptop froze. The CPU was at 99% and the mouse was hanging. I found out later that I had experienced some sort of hardware malfunction that only appears after 10...
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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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    Extra Width (Custom Report Items)

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    At this year's TechEd, Andrew Bryan of Dundas Software presented a session on Custom Report Items (a new feature of SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services). Several people have asked me to post the code that was shown in the session so I have done so here...
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    Brave Noise (Why was my hair green?)

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    It's been over three weeks since I've added a blog entry. You may wonder why I have "gone dark". The fact is, we have been very busy putting the final touches on SQL Server 2005. This point in the product development cycle is exciting, heartbreaking,...
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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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