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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger ( and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Product Guide for SQL Server “Denali” released

Released today, the SQL Server code name ‘Denali’ Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide download contains the latest datasheets, white papers, click-through and auto-running demonstrations, hands-on lab previews, technical presentations, and other useful links to help you evaluate the SQL Server code name ‘Denali’ CTP3 release.  Download it here.

Included are the following materials:

  • 14 Product Datasheets
  • 8 PowerPoint Presentations
  • 5 Technical White Papers
  • 13 Hands-On Lab Preview Documents
  • 6 Click-Through Demonstrations
  • 13 Self-Running Demonstrations
  • 26 Links to On-Line References
  • 44 Links to On-Line Videos including 26 Presentations from North America TechEd 2011

There is some great stuff in here and this guide will come in handy when you want to learn about all the new features in Denali.


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