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August 24, 2010  10:01 AM

Microsoft DBA tools support still failing

imurphy Profile: imurphy
DBA, Management, Microsoft, Quest Software, SQL Server

A week ago I received from Microsoft notification of a web seminar on Managing SharePoint Databases in SQL Server. Nothing outstanding about that, they do lots of these things every day. What did get my attention, however, was description of the webinar.



June 11, 2010  2:09 PM

Quest’s TOAD hops onto the Cloud

imurphy Profile: imurphy
cloud, DBA, Quest Software, SQL Azure

Next week Quest Software will announce the release of TOAD for Cloud, extending the reach of its database tools into the Cloud environment. In the first version there will be support for four datasources - Amazon SimpleDB, Microsoft SQL Azure, Apache HBase and any database with an ODBC...

June 8, 2010  1:46 PM

Microsoft raises the bar for end user BI

imurphy Profile: imurphy
BI, Databases, excel, Microsoft, Open Data Protocol, SQL Azure

The days when BI was seen as hugely expensive tools that were only accessible to a small number of people are gone. The use of common tools such as spreadsheets and access to query languages have made it easier for end users to gain access to large datasets and do their own BI analysis.


September 25, 2008  9:25 AM

What makes a perfect laptop?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
laptop, Notebook, performance

I often get asked "What laptop should I buy". I usually try not to give a techie answer, but I often throw a question back: "What do you want to do with it?"


More often that not people want a general purpose machine that is light, easy to carry around, has good battery life...

May 23, 2008  10:10 AM

A business case for Vista

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Microsoft, SQL Server, vista

Vista is doing well, according to John Curran, director of the Windows group at Microsoft UK. Curran was in London this week for a roundtable with customers, analysts and press, covering Vista deployments.

16 months since Windows Vista was launched, Curran says that Microsoft has...

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