2011: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I am on my way out of the office, coming back in early January. Until then I will be camping around Victoria, Australia. It is time for me to recap 2010 and start forecasting and planning for 2011.

Many interesting things happened this year in the world of Microsoft BI and in my personal bubble. We saw the beginning of a new trend around in-memory/self-service BI, the foundations of a new visualisation product – Crescent, SQL Server 2008 R2, the Denali CTP1, Office 2010, etc, etc, etc. 2011 looks promising and exciting in the end of 2010.

In my personal world I moved to Melbourne, presented at Tech Ed Australia, managed to continue my engagement in the Microsoft MSDN forums, learned a lot, became an MCTS and MCTIP in BI, etc, etc, etc. This blog reached over 250 subscribers, 2500 unique visitors per month, more than 20000 raw requests a week and the comments start exceeding the posts with a factor of 2. It is a pleasure to see that you, as my readers, enjoy the content I am sharing and I hope that the upwards trend will continue in 2011.

A very special “thank you” this year go to Darren Gosbell, Paul Hales, Lionel Gomes Da Rosa, Sirish Korada, Nick Barclay, and Maxim Yefremov. All of these guys in some way contributed to making my world a better place during 2010.

To all my readers – Merry Christmas and a Really Happy New Year!!!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I now have 40 articles on this blog, around 183 subscribers and approximately 1500-1600 visits a month. It’s been a very pleasant and rewarding casual occupation to write about the world of Microsoft Business Intelligence.

As my professional commitment for the new year I can promise that I will continue writing about new and interesting things I find while playing with SQL Server and the other great products which Microsoft puts on the market.

Also, recently I have started visiting the MSDN SQL Server forums and I will continue doing so in the next year. I would encourage everyone who reads this blog to start sharing their knowledge and helping new developers there – the technologies Microsoft offers are only as good as the people who implement them – us. Working together builds us as professionals and in the end makes our lives easier.

Many thanks to Nick Barclay for encouraging me to start this blog at the first place. Also, a big THANK YOU to Paul Hales, who even though hard to convince to start writing himself, has taught me quite a few things over the last couple of years and has always been the fiercest Microsoft advocate imaginable.

To Paul and Nick, to everyone who I have had the pleasure to work closely with (Tamzyn Bielecka, Mark Dasco, Maxim Yefremov, Sue Hourigan, Chris Mentor, Edmund Harvey and many others) and to all bloggers and readers – have a really MERRY Christmas and a very HAPPY New Year!!!