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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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    Peng! (Crystal to SSRS Migration Guide)

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    One of the top questions we get from customers is how to migrate from Crystal Reports. For those of you who are looking to make the switch, we just posted a migration guide on the web site. We are also having an associated webcast scheduled for June...
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    Double Nickels on the Dime (Leaving the Reporting Services Team)

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    The rumors are true. I will be leaving the Reporting Service team after 7 years and SQL Server after 10 years. Here is the message that I sent to my team: It first dawned on me about 3 months ago that I had been in the same position for close to...
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    The Question Is No (TechEd Fashion)

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    It's been hard to blog from TechEd as the wireless network at the show and the network connection in my hotel room have both been extremely spotty. Lots of stuff going on today, including Paul's announcement that Reporting Services will be available in...
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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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    It's All Around You (Parameter Prompts in Report Builder)

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    Quite a few people ask whether you can add prompted parameters to reports built using Report Builder. While it is not easy to find, you can definitely do it. In the filter dialog, after you add something to the filter from the field list, click on...
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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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    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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    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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    The Pace is Glacial (Hangman Report)

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    There is now another article about the BI Power Hour session that we did at TechEd. I posted the first demo I did a few weeks ago and so, by popular demand, here is the second one, a game of Hangman built entirely in a report. Before I describe how it...
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    Give Blood (Report Expressions in Report Builder)

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    It's not obvious, but SQL Server 2005 Report Builder allows you to use expressions in textboxes on the report surface. You don't get an expression editor, but if you begin a textbox value with '=', it will be evaluated at report processing time. For example...
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    Watusi (SSRS Management Tools Changes for Katmai)

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    For Katmai we are considering the removal of namespace management (folders, reports, data sources, models) from the Reporting Services Add-in for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). In other words, we are considering removing the 'Home' folder under...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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