Archive for July, 2012

2012 Race for Humanity

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
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On July 19, Constellation entered two teams in BILD’s 4th Annual Race for Humanity in support of Habitat for Humanity. The “Amazing Race”-style event took our teams from The Toronto Star headquarters at the foot of Yonge Street to Centre Island, as well as to CityPlace, Pinnacle, and a number of other recent build sites in between. Challenges along the way included icing a cake, riding the log ride at Centreville, and using a slingshot to remove some angry birds from their perch.

Our two teams of five racers competed valiantly along with 23 other teams from the BILD community. Constellation NEWSTARs Amrita, Lunnette, Angelo, Simon, and Kevin were stacked against a difficult route, finding themselves running as far east as Sherbourne and as far west as Bathurst in pursuit of a single challenge! Constellation High Risers Anna, Elaine, Dimitrios, Chris, and Lauren rode a wave of good timing and knowledge of city landmarks to finish in an unofficial second place! Both teams ran themselves to the limit and all were equally exhausted by the time we arrived at BILD’s 20th Annual Charity BBQ.

Our teams brushed elbows with a number of Constellation’s customers, including Empire (the winners!), Geranium, Monarch, Reid’s Heritage, Ballantry, and Countrywide, although customer courtesy may have – at times – given way to competition!

The Race alone was able to raise over $18,000 for Habitat – all of which went to the charity as The Toronto Star and In2ition Marketing Insights covered the costs. Combined, the Race and BBQ raised over $45,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

Photos from the event can be found on our Twitter feed @ConstellationHB as well as on BILD’s blog and Facebook page. Thanks go to @BILDGTA, @TorontoStar, and @In2itionRealty, and congratulations to @HabitatToronto and @Empire_Living!

Constellation would like to thank all participants – NEWSTARs, High Risers, and otherwise! It was a great day for a great cause.

Share your SSRS reports. Win an iPad.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
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Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) allow you to view and utilize your NEWSTAR information in an endless number of ways – so many that Constellation developers can never dream up enough. You know your NEWSTAR system better than anyone, so we want your help.

Email your SSRS reports to ssrs@constellationhb.com. The NEWSTAR author to send in the most SSRS report templates will win a new iPad!

Constellation hopes to help build a database of templates and a more involved NEWSTAR community. Report authors will be fully credited in the Client Care Center. Please see full contest rules below.

Don’t know what SSRS Reports are?

Join our drop-in webinar sessions, which will run most Fridays for the duration of the contest. Watch, learn and interact with our team as we build reports using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services within NEWSTAR Enterprise.

These interactive online sessions will run from 1:00PM to 4:00PM EST on July 13, 20, 27, and August 10, 17, and 24 and you may join anytime during the session as your schedule permits. Please click here to view available sessions and to register.

You may also wish to use the following links to access Microsoft tools and guides:

Getting Started with Report Builder 3.0
Downloading Center
Online Help

Important Registration Information

All registrants will receive an email confirmation via WebEx confirming your registration with a URL and event password.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact myself via email or by phone at (888) 723-2222 ext 2029.  Online registration will close 30 minutes prior to session start time.

Sincerely,

Elaine Massey
Director of Professional Services

 

OFFICIAL RULES:

- Contest opens July 1st, 2012 at 12:01 am
- Contest open to current NEWSTAR clients, excluding the province of Quebec
- The “Prize” is one (1) Apple iPad, approximate retail value CAD519.00
- “Reports” are built using SSRS (with or without Focus tables) and submitted as a .RDL file
- Reports cannot contain custom NEWSTAR database tables
- Email your Report files to ssrs@constellationhb.com
- Email must include a Report title and brief description of the purpose of the Report
- Reports without descriptions will not be included
- Reports will be judged based on creativity and uniqueness, and must run without error on the Constellation standard database
- Reports that do not run on the standard database will not be included
- Each valid Report will count as one Entry for the person who created the Report (“Author”)
- Authors who upload invalid Reports will be contacted and asked to re-submit the Report
- The Prize will be awarded to the employer (for use by the Author) of the Author who submits the most valid Reports
- Constellation HomeBuilder Systems employees and their families are not eligible to win the Prize
- No purchase necessary
- Contest closes August 31st, 2012 at 11:59 pm