WesleyB's Blog

My long term memory for data related information.

Monitoring usage of utilities in my home

As a technology and data lover I felt it was a bit strange that keeping up-to-date with the usage of...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 06/25/2018

Modernizing “Did my dad influence me?” – Part 2

In Part 1 we saw how we can capture the LastFM data from the API.  This of course just gives me some...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 03/23/2018

Modernizing "Did my dad influence me?" - Part 1

In 2013 I decided to investigate how much influence my dad had on my musical choice, you can read...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 03/15/2018

Cloud, Data and AI Announcements @ Ignite 2017

As always around this time of the year we hold our annual conferences Ignite and Envision.  This is...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 09/26/2017

Microsoft continues push in Open Source, Bots, AI & Deep Learning

At Microsoft we have these fantastic moments where we deliver so much innovation at the same time...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 11/17/2016

Using Spark on Azure - Part 2 - Enter Power BI

As you have seen in Part 1 it is very easy to create a powerful Spark cluster and get some great...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 09/03/2015

Using Spark on Azure - Part 1

The world of data is one that is evolving quite rapidly, over the last years many new technologies...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 08/28/2015

Did my dad influence me?

I always love it when I can combine things I really love and in this case I was thinking about music...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 07/01/2013

PowerPivot on Lync – small update

Just a small heads up that I changed the Lync PowerPivot file to make it scale better.  In...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 04/23/2012

Extending your Lync monitoring data using PowerPivot and Power View

Cross posting from Ilse’s Blog. During the last Techdays here in Belgium, I have had the privilege...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 03/09/2012

Marketer of the Year

I am doing a type of post I usually don’t really do. My blog is devoted to technical...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 10/18/2011

Restore improvements in SQL Server Denali CTP3 Management Studio

SQL Server Denali CTP3 comes with a lot of improvements in all areas but some areas are more visible...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 07/18/2011

SQL Server Denali CTP3 – Lots of interesting resources

Yesterday we have announced the availability of SQL Server Code-named Denali.  Obviously...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 07/13/2011

TechDays 2011: Early Bird Pricing Extended Until 28 February 2011

Register now with extended Early Bird pricing Discover new technologies and increase your knowledge...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 01/26/2011

Using SharePoint Content Types as Report Templates

Last week a customer asked us if he could help users to start a PowerPivot file from an existing...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/17/2010

New Windows Azure Platform Features Available Today

Building out an infrastructure that supports your web service or application can be expensive,...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/14/2010

What’s New in SharePoint 2010 for BI?

  I did a post on the new features in Excel / Excel Services 2010 from a BI point-of-view but...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 10/01/2010

First Microsoft Demo Day (June 2nd 2010) will keep its promise of offering a thrilling experience

Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg proudly announces its first Microsoft Demo Day. Please join us on...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 05/18/2010

Can I upgrade my SQL Server 2008 R2 Trial to a full version?

Now that the SQL Server 2008 R2 trial is available for download at...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 05/03/2010

What’s new in Excel 2010 for BI?

A very common question I get is “What is actually new in Excel 2010 for BI?”.  As you all know...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 04/28/2010

Twitter for the SQL Server professional

Twitter as it is described on their website: "Twitter is a real-time information network powered by...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/11/2010

PowerPivotFAQ

One of my colleagues, Rob Collie, has created a new FAQ for PowerPivot @...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 01/11/2010

Project Gemini aka PowerPivot for Excel

Yesterday the official name for Project Gemini was announced during the keynote of the SharePoint...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 10/20/2009

SQL Server Day 2009

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing the second SQL Server Day on the 3rd of December....

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 10/10/2009

SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP2 Available for download

We are very pleased to announce the first public CTP (Community Technology Preview) of Microsoft SQL...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 08/10/2009

Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

The third cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 SP1 is now available @...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 07/22/2009

Data Compression and Heaps

I think we can all agree that Data Compression is a great new functionality in SQL Server 2008. I...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 06/17/2009

Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

The second cumulative update package for SQL Server 2008 SP1 is now available @...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 05/20/2009

SQL Server Kilimanjaro becomes SQL Server 2008 R2

Today at Tech Ed North America 2009 we have officially announced the new name for SQL Server...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 05/11/2009

Next UG event: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition - The Azure Services Platform and SQL Services - Jun 4th, 2009

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing another great technical evening.I am looking forward...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 05/08/2009

Lock Pages In Memory in SQL Server Standard Edition

Until now "Lock Pages In Memory" was an option only available to SQL Server Enterprise Edition...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 04/27/2009

Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2008 SP1

Wow, the guys in the SQL Server team are working really hard.The first CU for SQL Server 2008 SP1...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 04/16/2009

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1

We are very proud to announce the release of the first service pack for SQL Server 2008. With the...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 04/08/2009

Cumulative update package 4 for SQL Server 2008

The guys that deliver the CUs sure do a great job, yet another one delivered on time.This one will...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 03/17/2009

Next UG-evening on Thu, March 19th: MDX From Zero To Hero

The next SQLUG evening will take place in our Microsoft Belux offices. So please feel free to drop...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/25/2009

SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 - CTP

We are very pleased to announce the first CTP of Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2008.Apart from all...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/24/2009

Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

Time to take SQL Server 2005 SP3 to build 9.00.4211 with this new CU2 for SP3.More information here....

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/17/2009

The Data Loading Performance Guide

SQL Server has been gaining a lot of credibility in the data warehousing market the last couple of...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/13/2009

SAP on SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008

We are very proud to announce that SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 are now officially a...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/06/2009

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Books Online - January 2009 Update

Another update to the Books Online for SQL Server 2008 has been posted.Get it here.Is it just me or...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 02/03/2009

Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2008

Again another 2 months have passed since the last CU for SQL Server 2008 was released.We all know...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 01/21/2009

Microsoft BI Website

We are very proud to announce you the completely redesigned Microsoft BI website.Check it out @...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 01/13/2009

The Holy Trinity: Indexes, Execution Plans and the Optimizer

The Belgian SQL Server User Group is organizing another interesting evening full of technical...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 01/10/2009

Cumulative update package 1 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

We know this is a bit unusual but we have released the first cumulative update package for SQL...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/21/2008

SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3

The service pack many people have been waiting for has been released. Now I need to remember another...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/16/2008

Application and Multi-Server Management Private CTP

For those of you who did not get the chance to attend PASS, there was a great announcement around...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/15/2008

PerformancePoint Server 2007 SP2

Service Pack 2 for PerformancePoint Server 2007 has been released.This means we now have full...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 12/09/2008

SQL Server 2008 Upgrade Technical Reference Guide

Just a quick notification that the SQL Server 2008 version of this wonderful guide is out.If you are...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 11/26/2008

Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2008

It has been almost 2 months so here is CU2 for SQL Server 2008 RTM.This time it will take you to...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 11/18/2008

SQL Server Day

It was a couple of months ago that the people from the Belgian SQL Server User Group came up with...

Author: Wesley Backelant Date: 11/14/2008

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