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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 Red Line (PDC Wrap Up)

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    It was a presenter's worst nightmare. I was in the middle of my PDC Power Hour demo and my laptop froze. The CPU was at 99% and the mouse was hanging. I found out later that I had experienced some sort of hardware malfunction that only appears after 10...
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    Twin Infinitives (IE7 and Reporting Services)

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    If you have been using the Internet Explorer version 7 beta release, you might have noticed some problem with viewing Reporting Services reports. The problem manifested in the report viewer, which would continually refresh and not get past the "report...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Radical Connector (SP2 CTP2 is Released!)

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    I'm very excited to let you know that you can get your hands on the first CTP for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 . This release will enable you to start testing a few new features for Reporting Services, including: Hyperion Essbase Provider and...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    On the Mouth (Teo on Custom Report Items)

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    Teo is at it again! He has written a great article appearing in MSDN Magazine this month on building custom report items for SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. When I get a chance, I'll publish the code for the custom report item I built for Tech Ed...
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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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    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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