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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 .

SQL Server 2012 released!

Exciting news!  Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing (RTM). Customers and partners can download an evaluation (or here) of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1 (see Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Notes).

If you’re an MSDN/TechNet subscriber, you can download it as of March 7.  If you’re a volume-license customer, you can download it from the Volume Licensing Center on April 1.

Click here to read my blogs about all the new features in SQL Server 2012 or check out BOL’s  What’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2012.

Tomorrow, don’t forget to attend the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event, featuring keynotes by Ted Kummert and Quentin Clark and a number of video presentations about SQL Server 2012 by other SQL Server experts.

Other downloads that are RTM ready:

More info:

SQL Server 2012 Released to Manufacturing

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012, Drives Advancements in Big Data

Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage “Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere”

Microsoft releases to manufacturing SQL Server 2012

First Look: Inside SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012 Partner Skills and Training Resources Collection for you

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