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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Daydream Nation (Teo's Articles)

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    One of the Reporting Services authors, Teo Lachev, has written an article on the new Report Builder feature in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. In addition, his book, Reporting Services in Action , is an excellent guide for those of you looking to...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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