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    For the month of October and November we are thrilled to have special guest authors from the Canadian MVP Award Program contributing posts around their favourite tips, tricks & features of SQL 2014. For the next few weeks, we will be posting a different article from one of our Canadian SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: October 2014: 9 Free SQL Server online trainings from Pragmatic Works

    Installing and Configuring SQL Server Reporting Services 10/2/2014, 11:00am ET Instructor: Robert Cain Reporting Services has become the backbone of information distribution for many businesses. It's vital then you have a good understanding of the configuration manager, as the choices you make here...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL 2014, Power BI, Predictive Analytics and BIG Data

    Want to get familiar with the new SQL Server 2014, Power BI, Azure Predictive Analytics or Microsoft Big Data solutions? Join Microsoft Canada, our partners and the SQL PASS community for an across Canada in-person and online event series that will introduce you to these solutions. Please find the...
  • Blog Post: Power BI for Office 365 tenant step-by-step setup guide

    Do you want to try Power BI for Office 365? We have a free one month trail offer! Here is a guide on how you can set up Power BI for Office 365 trial tenant to get familiar with the solution Step 1: From http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/business/compare-office-365-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 and Power BI launch events in Canada

    > please find the latest event list here . Want to get familiar with the new SQL Server 2014 and Power BI? Microsoft Canada, our partners and SQL PASS community will run a series of SQL Server 2014 and Power BI launch events across Canada and online. Please find below the upcoming events...
  • 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: Microsoft Partner webcast. Manufacturers: Transform Your Data into Actionable Business Insight

    All the information you need to make fact-based decisions already exists, you just need to harness it! Manufacturers are finding innovative ways beyond the traditional management of margins and costs to optimize profitability. This webinar will show how technology can help your business increase efficiency...
  • Blog Post: Morgan Stanley CIO Survey: BI, DW and Analytics remain key priorities for 2014

    Morgan Stanley surveyed 150 CIOs from companies with annual revenue between $500 million and north of $20 billion. Morgan Stanley reports 4.6% IT spending growth in 2013 and expects 2014 spending increase of 4.5%. The surveyed CIOs' "spending mindset" continues to shift toward growth investment...
  • Blog Post: 15.02.2014: Samedi BigData à Montréal | Big Data Saturday in Montreal

    Samedi BigData 2014 à Montréal BigData Saturday 2014 in Montreal Joignez-vous à nous en cette nouvelle année pour une séance explorant les nouvelles possibilités offertes par les données volumineuses ou « Big Data ». Des experts et partenaires certifiés Microsoft seront sur place pour présenter les technologies...
  • Blog Post: 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. Join PASS Summit and get the top-notch training...
  • Blog Post: Interview with Evan Ross, Principal at Dimensional Strategies, Microsoft Gold BI Partner

    Evan, can you tell us about your company and how you started the business? Why did you decide to focus on BI? Dimensional Strategies Inc. (DSI) was founded in 1998 by me and my business partner Jeremy Fitzgerald. Our goal is to help our public and private sector clients make better, timelier business...
  • Blog Post: 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 Data. ·         ...
  • Blog Post: 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 truly made it real! New world...
  • Blog Post: 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 on demand. English version   French...
  • Blog Post: 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 Data, and SQL Server. The sessions will be delivered...
  • Blog Post: 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 allows for the flexibility demanded by your business...
  • Blog Post: Journée BI Microsoft - Montréal - 4-décembre

    On estime qu’il se crée environ 5 milliards de giga-octets de données à toutes les 10 minutes à travers le monde— ça, c’est le Big Data. Bien que vous ne produisiez pas cette quantité de données, si vous êtes comme la majorité...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BIG Data: Windows Azure HDInsight general availability

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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 and manage the volume of data your business generates...