Carolyn talks in detail about the new reporting features of SQL Server 2008 as well as Report Builder 2.0, and describes how easy it is now for users to access data and create rich reports with data visualizations.
Bruno talks about his work on the Engine team, developing the syntax for the new MERGE operator, which according to data warehousing metrics is much faster than in previous versions of SQL Server. He also talks about his background in client-side languages
and how that helped him become part of…
Daniel Bien is a Group Program Manager who focused on the reconstruction of SQL Server 2008 and worked in the setup and deployment area. He discusses the challenges he faced which included expediting the process of smaller tasks and setup in SQL Server
Rebecca is a Principal Program Manager in the Central Services team who drove application compatibility and upgrade experience goals within the product. She discusses how we ensure backward compatibility for our new features. Rebecca also discusses the
option for customers to go to Microsoft…
Eric Hanson is a Lead Program Manager for CORE RDBMS processing. He coordinated and worked on data warehouse scalability related improvements and details the benefits of these for customers. He also talks about some other new features in SQL Server 2008.
As a Developer Lead on the Engine team Cesar worked on a number of new optimizations for SQL Server 2008. The three biggest features were indexing for spatial and geographical data types, parallel execution for partitioned tables, and enhancements for
star join processing.
Nick is a tester on the Analysis Services team. He also tested performance improvements to pivot tables in Excel. Challenges included managing and sorting through all the tests done on SQL Server 2008 prior to launch. Nick also discusses the SQL Server bug