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James Serra's Blog

James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

What is Microsoft Connect?

Microsoft Connect (blog, twitter) is a site where you can post feedback to improve the quality of many Microsoft products and impact the direction of those products.  As of this writing, the site accepts bugs for 51 products and suggestions for 34 products, all from the community.  You will need a Microsoft Live ID to submit a bug or suggestion.

The site has a nice dashboard where you can view feedback you have selected to watch, feedback you have submitted, and feedback you have participated in.  Each line in the dashboard shows the number of comments, the number of workarounds, and the status.

On many occasions I have run into a bug with SQL Server, and have used connect to see if someone else has notified Microsoft of the bug.  And many times Microsoft or another community member will have posted a work around.  I have also posted suggestions for SQL Server, along with many others, and have seen those suggestions implemented.  So if you find a bug, or have an idea to improve a Microsoft product, check out Microsoft Connect.

More info:

Use Microsoft Connect to Drive Product Improvement

Posting An Issue To Microsoft Connect

HOW TO: SUBMIT AN ITEM TO MICROSOFT CONNECT

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT MICROSOFT CONNECT

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