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  • Blog Post: 18 Free SQL Server 2014, Azure and BI virtual labs

    Do you want to learn about SQL Server 2014, Azure SQL Databases, Corporate BI, and Power BI without the need of installing and configuring the installation bits? We’ve just released 18 (eighteen) new virtual labs based on the integrated demo Virtual Machines with full step-by-step instructions. All that...
  • Blog Post: September 20: SQL Server and Power BI Saturday in Mississauga

    You have been invited to take part in a free 1-day training event targeted towards SQL Server and BI Professionals. Overview: SQL 14 and Power BI Saturday is a technical, day long seminar that focuses on the latest Microsoft technologies around BI and SQL Server. Event date and time : September...
  • Blog Post: Meet Azure Machine Learning

    We just released the Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) preview. What is Azure ML? Microsoft Azure ML is fully managed service to create, test, operationalize and manage predictive analytics solutions in the cloud . With just a browser, you can now sign up to Azure Machine Learning, upload data and immediately...
  • Blog Post: Free BIG Data, Hadoop, SQL Server trainings from Microsoft Partner

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  • Blog Post: Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

    We have new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight , by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Download the PDF (6MB; 130 pages) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/PDF Download the EPUB (9MB) from http://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/EPUB Download the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014. Benefits of upgrading from SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008R2 and 2012.

    Are you running a previous version of SQL Server and want to know what new SQL Server capabilities you will be able to use by upgrading to the latest version? Please find below the list of new features introduced since SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008R2 and SQL Server 2012 (it will be a very long blog...
  • Blog Post: Samedi SQL: Lancement de Microsoft SQL Server 2014

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  • Blog Post: Ottawa SQL Server 2014 Day May 9th

    Microsoft in collaboration with SQLTeach is having a full day of presentation on SQL Server 2014. We will be presenting 5 sessions on different feature of SQL Server 2014. Join us for this free workshop day in Microsoft Office. See the presented sessions below. Date: Friday May 9th Location: 100 Queen...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 RTM announced!

    We are very happy to announce SQL Server 2014 has been released to manufacturing and will be generally available on April 1 . What’s new in SQL Server 2014? Breakthrough performance with In-Memory OLTP In-Memory OLTP: In-memory transaction processing (In-Memory OLTP) speeds up an already very fast experience...
  • Blog Post: SQL PASS: SQL Server 2014 webcast series

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  • Blog Post: March 29: Big Data Saturday II in Mississauga

    Event content (DataCamp Training Kit) is available here . Please take into account that it’s an executable file. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ As part of the series of Developer Movement events being hosted in Canada, Big Data Saturday II...
  • Blog Post: Free Big Data Analytics course on Channel 9

    In this course, you'll get an overview of the different ways that you can analyze data for your Big Data solutions using Microsoft Business Intelligence tools such as Excel and Reporting Services. This includes predictive analytics with Excel and Apache Mahout. You'll also learn about NoSQL tools...
  • Blog Post: Free MVA training: Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data

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    Windows Azure HDInsight provides 100% Apache Hadoop as a service in the cloud. HDInsight builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop. HDInsight offers: Insights with familiar tools: Through integration with Microsoft’s business intelligence tools...