What’s new in Microsoft Visio 2010


The advanced diagramming tools of Microsoft® Visio® 2010 help you simplify complexity with dynamic, data-driven visuals and new ways to share on the Web in real-time. Whether you’re creating an organizational chart, a network diagram, or a business process, the new tools and more intuitive interface in Visio 2010 make it easier to bring your diagrams to life. Start by building your diagram with a diverse set of professional-looking templates and modern, pre-drawn shapes. Then, easily link your diagram to popular data sources (such as Microsoft® Office Excel®). You’ll see data automatically refresh right within your diagram, reflected in vibrant visuals such as icons, symbols, colors, and bar graphs. Finally, with just a few clicks, publish your data-linked diagram to Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010, and provide access to others on the Web, even if they don’t have Visio. Together, simplicity, data-driven shapes, and Web sharing make Visio one of the most powerful ways to see and understand important information.

Humans have always communicated visually. Visio 2010 provides more than 60 different diagram types to represent ideas. You can choose from a variety of diagrams- flowcharts, office layouts, org charts, network diagrams and more. For example, brainstorming diagrams is a great way to graphically represent thought processes for problem solving, planning, and decision making. Visio 2010 diagrams can be connected to data from multiple sources. Putting data on diagrams makes the information meaningful and helps in identifying trends and exceptions at a glance. Visio 2010 diagrams can be shared easily, regardless of whether users have access to Visio. A few of the many available options include- viewing as a static web page, viewing in Outlook email, publishing to PDF/XPS or SharePoint Server 2010.

SQL Server 2008 R2, Master Data Services (MDS)


imageThe recent emphasis on regulatory compliance, SOA and mergers and acquisitions has made the creating and maintaining of accurate and complete master data a business imperative.  IT is challenged with delivering high quality master data, creating, maintaining and delivering trusted versions of master data across their applications.

It’s no longer just about having a single version of the truth.  Master data services enables IT to deliver a single authoritative version of master data, while also making it easy for IT and end users to manage the data – and the data about the data; With capabilities like versioning, role security and hierarchy management, we make it easy to determine who made a change and when it was made while providing the ability to capture and modify hierarchies, independently of your underlying systems. 

With Master Data Services, Microsoft enable companies to deliver trusted data assets by aligning their systems to deliver consistent data throughout the organization.Poor data quality can be costly to organizations.  According to TDWI, Data Quality problems cost US businesses more than $600 billion a year.For the U.S. grocery industry alone, up to 1 percent of net revenue lost, and one in 2,000 of sales lost because the item was out of stock, were attributable to bad master data.

A common example of poor MDM is the scenario of a bank at which a customer has taken out a mortgage and the bank begins to send mortgage solicitations to that customer, ignoring the fact that the person already has a mortgage account relationship with the bank. This happens because the customer information used by the marketing section within the bank lacks integration with the customer information used by the customer services section of the bank. Thus the two groups remain unaware that an existing customer is also considered a sales lead.