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

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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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    Three Imaginary Boys (Static Matrix Column Headers)

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    If you are using the matrix control in Reporting Services, you may want to create a static heading over top of your column headers. For example: You might first try putting a text box on the body above the matrix. But if you don't know how many columns...
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    It'll Be Cool

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    I'm Brian Welcker, Group Program Manager for SQL Server Reporting Services. I was doing a webast last week on the new Report Viewer controls in Visual Studio 2005 and during the question and answer phase, someone asked me if the sample code would be on...
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    Brotherhood (What is a CTP?)

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    So, what's a CTP anyway? Recently, we announced that instead of releasing SQL Server 2005 Beta 3, we would move to a model of releasing multiple CTPs (Community Technology Preview) up until the final release of the product later this year. But what...
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    The Girl who Runs the Beat Hotel (ReportViewer docs)

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    One of the cool new things in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is the new Report Viewer controls. These controls make it easy to embed rich Reporting Services reports in your WinForms and ASP.NET applications. As one of the goals was to deeply integrate them...
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    Lights from the Wheelhouse (RS Best Practices)

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    Adam Cogan from SSW, a longtime a friend of SSRS in Australia, has developed a nice set of tips and guidelines for Reporting Services as part of his Rules to Better... site. The site has a bunch of best practices for of .NET development topics and software...
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    Calling Over Time (New Reporting Services 2005 Partner Products)

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    Now that SQL Server 2005 is released, some of our partners are updating and enhancing their products to work with the new version. I want to point out two great partners in with new products. The first is a company called Neodynamic Systems ( http...
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    Houdini (GotReportViewer?)

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    If you are eager to get started with the Microsoft Report Viewer Controls in Visual Studio 2005, check out Rajeev's new site at http://www.gotreportviewer.com/ . It's got lots of great info and samples.
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    Antics (SQL 2005 Documentation Updates)

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    It's been a couple of weeks since my last entry. Lately, we have been working on plans for SQL Server "Katmai" as well as taking some much needed down time. Last weekend, the entire SQL team went up to Whistler, BC for some winter fun. It was especially...
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    Personal Best (The BI Survey)

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    Some of you may be familiar with Nigel Pendse’s OLAP Report . This year, the survey is broadening to include more BI functionality and is being renamed "The BI Survey". If you have some time, take a moment and fill out the survey . We (and the other BI...
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    When Your Heartstrings Break (ReportViewer Controls SP1 Redistributable)

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    For those of you who are incorporating the ReportViewer control in your WinForms or ASP.NET applications, I'm happy to announce the availability of a new ReportViewer redistiributable package. This package contains all of the fixes to the controls that...
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    Dreamy (Reporting Services at TechEd)

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    Unlike previous years, I decided not to attend the first day of TechEd. This means that I missed BobMu's keynote but you can read about the details from many of the TechEd bloggers . If you read the press release from TechEd today, we announced the...
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    Perfect Prescription (OneNote is Really Cool)

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    I think that you might be surprised how long it takes people within Microsoft to adopt new software. While there are some software that we are "strongly encouraged" to adopt <g>, what applications we use on a day to day basis is generally up to...
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    I'm back!

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    Hard to believe my last post was over 6 years ago. At the time, I was departing the SQL Server Reporting Services team to join the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. That lasted about a year and a half (I'll tell some of those stories later) and I joined...
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    More Project Budget Improvements in R3

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    As I mentioned before, we made some improvements to project budgeting in AX 2012 R2 CU6 and CU7. We've got a few more coming in the upcoming R3 release. The first is a new option in the import form. As shown below, you can now import budget values directly...
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    Dynamics AX 2012 Cumulative Update 7 is released!

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    I'm very excited to announce that we have released Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 7 (aka CU7) to CustomerSource and PartnerSource. This is the third CU released for Dynamics AX 2012 R2 (we skipped 2, 3, 4, and 5 to align with AX 2012 RTM CU numbering...
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    Independent Sub-project Budgeting in AX 2012 R3

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    One more feature in the budgeting area coming in Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is the ability to manage the budgets of sub-projects independently. In AX 2012 RTM and R2, initial budget creation and revisions were done at the project hierarchy level. A single set...
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    New AX R3 Project E-Learning Course

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    As you probably know, we recently released Dynamics AX 2012 R3 with new capabilities for project-focused businesses. If you are reading this blog, you have probably gone through the existing Project Management and Accounting courses for Dynamics AX 2012...
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    WBS Templates in Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU7

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    Over the next few weeks, I'll be reviewing some of the improvements we made to Project management and accounting in the Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU7 release . I'll start with the newly revamped Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) template editing experience: ...
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    Tribal Thunder (SharePoint White Papers Available)

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    After many months of working on getting them posted, I'm excited to let you know that two whitepapers on the integration between SQL Server Reporting Services and SharePoint are now available. SQL Server 2005 Integration with Microsoft SharePoint...
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    Marquee Moon (Field References in Page Headers and Footers)

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    One of the questions that I get often is about putting database fields in their SSRS report page header and/or footer. Note that putting fields in the page header and footer is not the same as putting a data region in these sections. Because of the...
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    When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Thoughts from TechEd)

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    Last week I attended TechEd in Orlando, Florida . Here are my thoughts on the event. This year was TechEd's 15th anniversary. I realized on the way down that I was attending my 10th consecutive TechEd. When I started attending, TechEd was about 2,000...
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    Sky Blue Sky (MS BI Conference Notes)

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    Wow, what a show! I spent this week recovering from the first ever Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference . Conferences in downtown Seattle are always fun because I live in Seattle and don't have to cross the bridge to get to the Microsoft campus...
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    At the End of Paths Taken (Modifying Where Clause when All Parameter Values are Selected)

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    With the return of “Select All” in Service Pack 2, all multi-value parameters allow the user to pick all of the available values. But what if you want to remove the predicate from your WHERE clause instead of generating a long set of values in the IN...
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    Tago Mago (New Version of Radius)

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    I wanted to give some props to my friends at 90 Degree Software (Vancouver, Canada) on the latest release of their report authoring tool, Radius . Radius is a report design tool based on the Reporting Services Report Definition Langauge (RDL). If you...
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    Roots and Crowns (Too Many Data Tools?)

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    Sometimes I'll get a question like "Why would I use Reporting Services when I can use Excel?" or "Why does Microsoft have so many tools for building reports?" The underlying assumption behind these questsions is that a limited number of applications should...
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