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Thursday, January 20th, 2011 at 9am PST

Attend this FREE global virtual launch event and watch Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduce Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Learn how it is designed to help you boost sales, improve marketing, enrich customer service interactions, and accelerate line of business application development through xRM.

Hear keynote presentations by Kirill Tatarinov (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions), Michael Park (Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Business Solutions), and Brad Wilson (General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM). Read More. Register Here. See what’s in store for CRM 2011.

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SQL Server 2008 introduced new spatial data types including a geography type that can be used to store latitude and longitude coordinates.  The new map feature in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008 R2 works with the geography type as well as with state abbreviations, state names, or state numbers. 

The built-in map feature allows you to add a map to a report and show the states in the US or the counties within a state.  You can use the map to render one or more data points, providing a slick visualization of your data by state or county within a state. Read More.

 

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Microsoft just announced the release of the next version of SQL Server, code named Denali, at the PASS Summit in Seattle.  The Community Technology Preview (CTP) version, somewhat like an early alpha or beta release, is available for download now to MSDN members.

Microsoft SQL Server 2011, code-named “Denali” empowers organizations to be more agile in today’s competitive market. Customers can efficiently deliver mission-critical solutions through a highly scalable and available platform. Industry-leading tools help developers quickly build innovative applications while data integration and management tools help deliver credible data reliably to the right users and new user experiences expand the reach of BI to enable meaningful insights. Read More. Download the CTP. Release Notes.

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Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) announced the Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP 3) for the next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, code-named “CRM 5”.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Logo

This CTP is primarily aimed at software developers within the broad partner base of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, including Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Global System Integrators (GSIs), Hosting Partners, and Value Added Resellers (VARs), giving them an opportunity to start early development and testing of their solutions for this new release.

The next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM will support more than 40 languages, and will be offered as an online service, as on-premises software and via partner-hosted offerings. Availability of the new product will begin in the second half of 2010. Read More.

 

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Discover the true power of Business Intelligence at the Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference at Tech·Ed North America.

BI Conference 2010

Come and see how Microsoft can help you design, build and deploy robust Business Intelligence applications for everyone in your organization while controlling costs. It is the single best place to get the latest business strategy, product information, implementation best practices, customer insights and expert guidance relating to Microsoft Business Intelligence products.

 

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Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) is the IDE from Microsoft used for developing data analysis and Business Intelligence solutions utilizing the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Reporting Services and Integration Services.

It is based on the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment but customizes with the SQL Server services-specific extensions and project types, including tools, controls and projects for reports, ETL dataflows, OLAP cubes and data mining structures.

 

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Now is your chance to discover firsthand how the beta releases of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010 deliver collaboration and productivity enhancements to provide a superior user experience, whether it’s on a PC, a Web browser, or a Windows phone.

Download the betas today to get critical hands-on experience—and get ready to help your customers increase efficiency and streamline business processes by making the most of their existing resources. You’ll also want to provide input to help us refine the products before they’re released to manufacturing.

New features will make working together easier than ever before!

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Microsoft is bringing new innovations to customer relationship management (CRM) software with Microsoft Dynamics® CRM. It is a flexible CRM solution that fits your people, fits your business, and fits your environment. The next version of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM (named, Microsoft Dynamics CRM “V.Next”) will be available from 2010 onwards. The investments for the next release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM fall into three broad categories:

  • Deliver a new level of user productivity and collaboration capabilities
  • Continued enrichment of the core CRM capabilities
  • Provide a best-of-breed business solution platform

Development and testing is in progress for Microsoft Dynamics CRM “V.Next” which encompasses several milestone builds before various external feedback and testing programs are initiated with customers and partners in the lead-up to general release.

There is an exhaustive list of investments in Microsoft Dynamics CRM “V.Next” which ranges from small “tweaks” and enhancements to broad new feature areas. Find out more here.

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Recently we came across a job offering for a “SQL Server Reporting Services Consultant”. Thought of sharing the roles & responsibilities of that position with you all. Here goes the list 😉

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Three or more years experience in relational database design and development using SQL Server is required.
  • One or more years experience developing reports using SQL Server Reporting Services is required.
  • Some experience in web based development, ASP.NET, C#, and .Net Framework is preferred.
  • Seasoned in the full development life cycle including requirements gathering.
  • Degree in IT/Computer Science or commensurate education and experience.
  • Experience using Agile Software Development methodology is preferred.
  • Understanding of object-oriented analysis and design of complex systems.
  • Experience developing and supporting mission critical applications that function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Responsibilities:

  • Heavy customized report development.
  • Gathers requirements from product owners and works with team members to create a design supported by the architecture of the existing systems.
  • Performs ongoing Quality Assurance studies to evaluate system efficiency and compliance.
  • Participates in the implementation and maintenance of source control and release procedures.
  • Participates in new system applications demonstrations, training classes, and application system queries sessions for all internal associates when necessary.

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Microsoft has released Update Rollup 6 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The update includes bug fixes and performance enhancements packaged together for easy deployment.

Update Rollup 6 is available for all languages that are supported by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

For more information about this release, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 970148: Update Rollup 6 is available for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0.

Important: This update is not necessary for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. All updates are installed automatically.
We recommend customers install the update rollup to keep your software performing at its best. Installing previous update rollups is not a requirement to installing the current rollup.

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