Night Train to Detroit Day of Azure

I have a latte in hand and am ready for the 5 1/2 hour night train that’s ahead. In just a few minutes, I will be departing Chicago on an Amtrak headed to Detroit for Detroit Day of Azure. Detroit Day of Azure is a one-day conference focused on Windows Azure with some of the best Windows Azure experts and speakers. This conference will take place tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th at the Microsoft Offices in Southfield, MI from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM. If you have already registered, I will likely see you tomorrow. If you have not registered, unfortunately, the conference is sold out. If you are still interested in attending, you can sign up on the wait list and be notified as cancellations occur.

Tomorrow, I will be presenting “BI in the Cloud with SQL Azure Reporting” at 10:20 AM in the Technical Briefing Center. If you are interested in Business Intelligence and performing BI in the Cloud, attend my session where we will dig into Azure BI scenarios and tools including SQL Azure Reporting. The full description is below and you can get more information about my session and Detroit Day of Azure at

BI in the Cloud with SQL Azure Reporting
Why maintain infrastructure for operational reporting, when you can do it in the cloud with SQL Azure Reporting? SQL Azure Reporting provides a set of capabilities that are familiar for developers using SQL Server Reporting Services on-premise. We will begin this session by considering the benefits and scenarios for BI in the cloud. Next, we will walkthrough what you need to get started using SQL Azure Reporting. We will then develop and deploy some reports to SQL Azure Reporting. Unfortunately, SSRS and SQL Azure Reporting do not have complete feature parity. As a result, we will conclude by reviewing the challenges and limitations of using SQL Azure Reporting over SQL Server Reporting Services.

You will learn the benefits of BI in the Cloud; the capabilities of SQL Azure Reporting; how to create and deploy reports to SQL Azure Reporting; and an understanding of the limitations of SQL Azure Reporting.

See you tomorrow in Detroit!