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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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    Project Adjustment Improvements in AX R3 CU8

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    We have a few more small improvements for Dynamics AX 2012 project accounting coming in R3 CU8 (due out in a few months). This one addresses the usability of the project transaction adjustment process, specifically when adjusting multiple transactions...
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    Integrating Project Server and Project Online with Dynamics AX 2013 R3

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    Microsoft Project Server and Project Online provide rich project portfolio management (PPM) functionality for business users. The combination of PPM with the financial management features of Dynamics AX provides a rich set of capabilities for project...
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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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    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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    Sing the Troubled Beast (New RS / DM Article)

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    We just published an excerpt from the book, Applied Microsoft Analysis Services, by Teo Lachev. The article is titled Implementing Smart Reports with the Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform and shows how you can integrate Reporting Services with...
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    Will You Find Me (SP1 is released)

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    SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 is out! It was supposed to be yesterday but the files have taken a while to upload. The pointer to the English version is here . Reporting Services changes can be seen here . Enjoy!
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    Western Culture (RS 2005 Webcasts)

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    Geoff Snowman just wrapped up a very cool webcast series on Reporting Services 2005, and it’s now available on demand. The list of sessions is available at http://blogs.msdn.com/gsnowman/archive/2005/10/19/482905.aspx .
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    The Destroyed Room (Hyperion Essbase and Reporting Services White Paper)

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    One of the new Reporting Services features of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is integration with the Hyperion Essbase 9.3 . Similar to building reports on SQL Server Analysis Services or SAP NetWeaver BI , this integration includes a new .NET data extension...
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    The Spell (Tech Ed Stuff)

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    Another year, another TechEd ! It's hard to imagine, but this will be my 8th consecutive Tech Ed (I've been at MS for 10 years now) and the 4th since we released Reporting Services. A nice change of pace this year is that the show is in Boston, not somewhere...
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    Will anything happen (Jobs on the Reporting Services Team)

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    If you are interested in working on the next version of Reporting Services, I have a job opening for a program manager posted . We also have positions open for testers and developers if that is more your style. If you are interested, leave your e-mail...
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    Wowee Zowee

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    Reporting Services Service Pack 2 requires a reboot. Here's why. When we started building the setup for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services back in mid 2003, we started with a copy of the SQL Server 2005 (then called Yukon) setup code. While this seemed...
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    Isn't Anything

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    For those of you who were on the beta of Reporting Services SP2 , when you upgrade to the final relase you may have a problem when using the new client print functionality. The issue is that we did not change the CLSID of the print control object between...
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    London 0 Hull 4 (TechEd Recap)

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    Well, I'm finished with my TechEd sessions. I had Report Server Management and Configuration today, the "BI Power Hour" yesterday, and the Report Controls on Tuesday. If you weren't able to attend the power Hour, you really missed a show - we had 5 presenters...
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    Check Your Head (Interview and Open Source RDL)

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    I'm famous . :) OK, not really. But it was a fun interview and has a cute picture of my daughter. On another topic, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then having an open source version of your product must be close on the list. Looks...
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    Everclear (Setting Published Report Print Properties)

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    In a previous post , I described some of the rules around report pagination. I mentioned that you can change the page settings of a published report using the SetProperties web service method. This is especially useful in that we neglect to propagate...
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    Playing with Fire (PDC Begins)

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    PDC 2005 has begun. I arrived here in Los Angeles yesterday from Seattle. As you might have heard, the entire city of LA lost power yesterday which meant I had to wait around for an extra hour in the lobby of my hotel. It was very surreal seeing a bunch...
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    What Makes It Go? (New Report Packs)

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    We just released two new report packs , one for SharePoint Portal Server and one for Axapta. While I'm personally only responsible for the setup code and work with other teams on the contents, if you have any feedback on them, you are welcome to leave...
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    That's the Long and Short of It (TechEd Begins)

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    I arrived in sunny (not) Orlando last night. Orlando never changes between times I am here, it just gets bigger. Today, I am doing a preview of my management session at something called Academic Days at TechEd . It's a good thing as I have discovered...
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    Ben Hur (New Webcast)

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    I did a TechNet Webcast last week called SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services: Management and Configuration . It presents a walkthrough of the management side of Reporting Services, including some of the new SQL 2005 features in this area. You can view...
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    Pleased to Meet Me (BI Webcasts)

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    My marketing guys (who are really nice and not sleazy at all) would like me to encourage you to register for the SQL Server 2005 BI Webcast Series . I think I even will be doing a couple of them but I'm not sure which ones.
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