A Story of BI, BIG Data and SQL Server in Canada

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A Story of BI, BIG Data and SQL Server in Canada

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  • 11 Free SQL Server 2012 Online Training Courses to Sharpen Your Skills

    Our friends at Microsoft Virtual Academy have a number of no-cost online training courses available, delivered by Microsoft experts across a broad range of subjects. We’ve pulled together the courses relevant to SQL Server 2012 and consolidated...
  • What is the most secure database?

    What do you think the most secure database on the market is? According National Institute of Standards and Technology Comprehensive Vulnerability data* SQL Server has been the least vulnerable database 5 years in a row. ...
  • Extend Your SQL Server 2012 Performance with PDW - Free Webinar

    Do you want to find out how SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW), can help you enhance your SQL query response times by up to 100x over legacy solutions? Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft’s M assive Parallel Processing...
  • PDW - Assessment, Training and Implementation

    Beyond the work of deciding whether you need a data warehouse appliance and then deciding which one to purchase (hopefully you're in the PDW camp!), work still needs to be done to assess, train and finally implement your solution. It can seem daunting...
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012 - Exam Preparation with 3 Free MVA Courses

    Are you interested in, or working towards your MCSA: SQL Server 2012? If so, there are three free online courses (Jump Starts) from Microsoft Virtual Academy that can help prepare you for each exam required so you can become Microsoft certified. ...
  • 2 SQL Server 2014 webcasts: Mission Critical Performance and Hybrid Cloud

    Are you ready to learn more about new features in SQL Server 2014? The Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) team just announced two new courses in their “Jump Start” series of live online training events on December 3-4.  The presentations will cover...
  • Most popular database in Canada

    Do you know what the most popular database in Canada is? More than 66% of Canadian organizations surveyed by IDC* in 2012 said SQL Server was the Primary database for their business. The trend is interesting too: Microsoft SQL Server popularity...
  • Power Map Preview is now available on Download Center

    Great news from the Power Map team. We are super excited to announce that Power Map Preview, our final v1 preview, was just posted on Download Center . New in this release are Region Chart type, Flat Map and the ability to create videos from your Power...
  • Big Data Saturday – Mississauga, October 26

    You have been invited to take part in a free 1-day training event targeted towards SQL Server and BI Professionals. Overview: BIG DATA Saturday is a technical, day long training session that focuses on the latest Microsoft technologies around BI, Big...
  • SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 End of Support Reminder

    SQL Server 2000. About six month ago on April 9‚ 2013 Extended Support for SQL Server 2000 came to an end. Microsoft no longer provides assisted support‚ security updates or hotfixes for SQL Server 2000 unless a custom support agreement is...
  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases Course On Demand

    Now available on-demand, build your knowledge of database fundamentals and SQL Server in this Microsoft Virtual Academy Jump Start on 'Querying SQL Server 2012 Databases'  This course will also help you prepare for Exam 70-461 . Course is available...
  • SQL Server Private Cloud and Virtualization

    We will collect SQL Server Virtualization datasheets, white papers, articles and presentations in this post. Microsoft Datasheets and Whitepapers   ·          Best Practices for Virtualizing and Managing SQL...
  • Free MVA training: Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data

    New Microsoft Big Data training became available on Microsoft Virtual Academy. In this session, you’ll get an overview of Microsoft Big Data tools as part of the Windows Azure HDInsight and Storage services. As a developer, you’ll learn how to create...
  • Webcast: Better Decision-making For Your Business Users. Agile and Cost-effective

    Today, many organizations are challenged more than ever to empower employees with insights and views on how to deliver consistent data in a cost-effective manner. To unlock the potential of better data analysis, your organization needs a solution that...
  • Big Data Saturday, October 26, Mississauga

    Thanks to all who were able to attend Big Data Saturday event in Mississauga. Event presentations are available here . It wouldn't have been possible without the engaging presentations from our speakers and the support of our sponsors, both of which...
  • SQL Server webcast series: On-demand

    This spring Microsoft Canada hosted Microsoft SQL Server webcast series. These events were designed to help our customers and partners to learn more about Microsoft Tools and new capabilities of Microsoft SQL Server. These webcast recordings are now available...
  • IT Architect Briefing: On-Demand Digital Event

    This digital forum will fuel your thinking as an IT Leader and IT architect. There are two separate tracks which will cover Big Data and BI and Application Platform and the Cloud. Keynote Presentation : Evolving the Data Center. Transforming Data into...
  • PASS Summit, October 15-18, Charlotte, NC, USA

    The PASS Summit is the world's largest and most intensive technical training conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals. But more than that, it’s your conference – planned and presented by the SQL Server community for the SQL Server community...
  • TechEd North America 2013 presentations now available on demand

    TechED 2013 North America (New Orleans, June 3 - 6, 2013) recorded presentations are now available on Channel9. The five most popular BI and Data Platform presentations were: ·          Big Data. Small Data. All...
  • Meet SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data warehouse – Microsoft’s BIG Data Appliance

    Microsoft recently introduced SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse appliance (PDW) , the next generation of the scalable, massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse appliance . With PDW you can manage both relational and non-relational data, achieve...
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 released

    BizTalk Server 2013 continues to enable integration solutions with heterogeneous Line-of-business systems. It helps you optimize user productivity, gain business efficiency and increase agility. BizTalk Server 2013 allows net developers to take advantage...
  • SQL Server 2014 Community Preview

    See what’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 by trying out the community preview. Like how it builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in the prior release by providing breakthrough performance, availability and manageability for your mission...
  • Announcing Power BI for Office 365

    Microsoft announced a new offering--Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that helps enable you to easily gain insights from your data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data...
  • Canada Launches Next Generation Open Data Portal

    The Portal contains datasets compiled by over 20 departments and agencies, covering a broad range of topics, from housing, to health and environmental data. The next generation Data.gc.ca   site features new interactive capabilities and Web 2.0 features...
  • BI and Big Data - Montreal - December 4th

    An estimated 5 billion gigabytes of data are created around the world every 10 minutes—that is big data. Although you aren’t creating quite that much data, if you’re like most of our customers, you face challenges as you work to store...