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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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    Pinkerton (ReportViewer Starter Kit)

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    Another great resource for those of you who want to try out the new report controls in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. Check out the Web Log Analyzer Starter Kit at http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/downloads/starterkits/ .
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    Darklands

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    For those of you that are interested in using the new SharePoint Web Parts in Reporting Services SP2 , there is a new white paper on TechNet that has a good overview of the Web Parts as well as tips and tricks for using them.
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    Last Splash (Reporting Services Scripter)

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    Jasper Smith has created a cool tool called Reporting Services Scripter that creates scripts from an existing Reporting Services server that you can use to apply to a new server. We have some new scripting functionality in the release of SQL Server 2005...
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    Ask Me Tomorrow (New RS TechNet Site)

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    There is a cool new TechNet site available that has a nice aggregation of Reporting Services content. Check it out .
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    Emperor Tomato Ketchup (SSRS Upgrade Documentation)

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    For those of you who are contemplating a move to SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services, there is a great chapter on upgrading SSRS in the SQL Server 2005 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide . The entire guide is a whopping 360 pages but Section 4.0.1 is chock...
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    Drums and Wires (SAP Certification for SSRS)

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    I am very excited to let you know that we have completed certification for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services on SAP NetWeaver BI (aka SAP BW). We released support for SAP BW in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 1 in the form of a data provider as well as...
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    Technique (CustomReportItem Sample Configuration)

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    If you are trying to use the Custom Report Item sample in the updated SQL Server 2005 Samples, there was a mismatch in the early release of the documenation. Specifically, there was an error in the configuration file entries. The documenation refers...
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    Plus, Also, Too (Crystal Migration Partners)

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    We just put up a list of partners that can assist with a migration from Crystal Reports to SQL Server Reporting Services. The list is at http://www.microsoft.com/sql/technologies/reporting/partners/crystal-migration.mspx .
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    Northern Drive (SQL Server 2005 RTM)

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    As you have probably seen, SQL Server 2005 (aka Yukon) has shipped (you can download it on the MSDN subscription site ). We had a little celebration Thursday afternoon on campus and it started me thinking about all of the things that have happened since...
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    Bakesale (Upgrading from RS June CTP)

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    I know many of you have been testing Reporting Services using the SQL Server 2005 June CTP. While there is no officially supported upgrade path to the RTM version (the safest thing is to do a fresh install and then republish your reports), we do have...
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    Free Dirt (SQL Launch)

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    I haven't gotten a chance to write a new blog entry since I returned from the SQL 2005 launch in San Francisco . The main entertainment (Cheap Trick and the Orange County Choppers guys) was fun but the highlight of the evening was AC/DShe, an all-girl...
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    Dare to Be Surprised (Missing Files)

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    Unfortunately, I let the account expire at the hosting service I was using for my file storage. I realize that all of the attached files in the blog are missing. Over the next week or so, I will try to repost them from other sources. Sorry about that...
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    Green Mind (SP1 Hotfix Rollup)

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    You might want to take a look at the just released SQL Server 2005 SP1 hotfix rollup . This package contains a collection fixes that came in too late to fit into the SP1 release process. Unfortunately, the descriptions of some of the bugs in the fix list...
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    Snowing Sun (New RDL Specification)

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    We have uploaded a new Report Definition (RDL) specification to the SQL Server web site. The RDLNov05.PDF file contains the SSRS 2005 version. It's the same tags that are documented in SQL 2005 Books Online , just in a single document.
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    PM@MS - Doing the "other stuff"

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    I've spent the last 17 years at Microsoft, the majority of my adult life. For most of those years, I've been in a role called "program manager". Surprisingly, one of the challenges with being a program manager at Microsoft is determining what on earth...
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    Changing the Discussion

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    One of the most impressionable meetings that I have been involved in occurred early in my career at Microsoft. In was 1996 and I was a freshly minted technical evangelist working in Microsoft's Developer Relations group (DRG). DRG was a group tasked with...
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    Change to Project Ledger Posting Setup in AX 2012 R2 CU6

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    In the forthcoming AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 6 (which, oddly enough, will be the one after CU1), we added a small feature to the Ledger Posting Setup in the Project Management and Accounting module. You can now specify the main account for project...
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    Windows 8 Apps for Dynamics AX are live

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    In my last post, I introduced new Windows 8 applications for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Originally, we released them in demo mode only. We have now released 'live' versions all of the components for this release including: Expenses , Timesheets , and...
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    Dynamics AX Project Management and Accounting Integration White Paper

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    We just finished a white paper available that provides an overview of the ways that the Project management and accounting module and other modules in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 integrate and connect with one another. Please let me know if we missed anything...
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    New AX Companion App Blog

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    Some of my team members created a new blog to share pertinent information for Dynamics AX companion app implementers and developers. Here is the site: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/axcompapp/ . Upcoming posts with cover the updates to the Windows 8 apps...
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    Propeller (SP2 is Released!)

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    It's been a long time coming, but SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 is now available. See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/sql/2005/downloads/servicepacks/sp2.mspx .
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    Pocket Symphony (Enabling SSRS Feature in non-default Site Collections)

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    After installing the Reporting Services Add-in for Integration with SharePoint , you may find that the Reporting Services features are not visible in your SharePoint web sites. Why does this happen? Because when the add-in is installed, it is only activated...
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    Microsoft Exchange Server Integration in AX R3 CU8

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    One of the features added as a part of Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 is integration with Microsoft Exchange Server. This is an alternative to the existing Microsoft Outlook client integration with AX. It allows a user to synchronize appointments, tasks, and...
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    New AX 2012 R3 Project White Papers

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    I'm happy to announce the availability of three new white papers covering new capabilities in Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Project Management and Accounting: Integration with Microsoft Project (Client) Project resource scheduling Timesheet audit trail...
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    Business Process Library for Dynamics AX 2012 Professional Services

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    I am excited to announce the availability of the professional services process model as part of Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services ( https://lcs.dynamics.com/ ). You can see this new library under "Global libraries" on the LCS site and customize it...
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