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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Big Data Hackathon Resources

    Data sets ThinkData Works Data sets: http://namara.io/#/ The site consolidates data from open.data.ca, Statistics Canada, Provincial Data sources, GoodLife Fitness, SpotCrime and others. Here are the links to a few datasets of interest: Category Details Demographics · Ward profiles: http://namara.io...
  • Blog Post: Big Data Hackathon in Vancouver

    The event is over. Please find the event presentations and resources here . Prize winners: - Data Modelling: Vancouver Crime Analysis by team Droptable UBC - Data Visualization: Reflex Math Analytics by team Synergy You’re invited! The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good...
  • Blog Post: MVP Series: 7 Ways to Lose Your DBA Job

    We are thrilled to have special guest authors from the Canadian MVP Award Program contributing posts . For the next few weeks, we will be posting a different article from one of our Canadian SQL Server MVPs each week. We hope you enjoy them, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks to Karen Lopez...
  • Blog Post: Séries de web-émissions: Top 5 solutions de données Microsoft

    Vous êtes invité! Les technologies de plateforme de données sont en constante évolution. Pour vous aider à apprendre les nouveautés, Microsoft Canada organise une série de webémissions à ce sujet. Veuillez vous joindre à nous pour en apprendre plus au sujet de la nouvelle génération de solutions de données...
  • Blog Post: Webcast Series: Top 5 Microsoft Data Platform Solutions

    You are invited. Data Platform Technologies are constantly evolving. To help you keep up to date Microsoft Canada introduces a Data Platform webcast series. Please join us to learn about new generation of Microsoft Data Platform solutions: Power BI‚ Analytical Platform System appliance, In...
  • Blog Post: MVP Series: Top 5 Interview Questions for a SQL Server DBA

    For the next couple months 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 MVPs each...
  • Blog Post: MVP Series: Integrate Self-Service BI in your Corporate BI strategy

    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: MVP Series: This is the Data You’re Looking For

    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: 9 free Power BI, Big Data and SQL Server online trainings from Microsoft Partner

    Big Data Part 3 of 3-Applying Big Data Analytics to Business Decisions 9/2/2014, 11:00am ET Instructor: Michael Reed In this hour I will discuss scenarios for applying analytics to business decision making with a focus on determining the questions to ask of your data, the problems it can solve, and the...
  • 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: 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

    Create a Tactical Plan Using Hadoop & Cloud Technologies 8/5/2014, 11:00am ET How quickly would you be able to gather data, align resources and using analytics - create a tactical plan? We're going to walk through an emergency scenario where data is pulled from public sources and shared with...
  • 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 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: 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: 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: Hadoop (HDP) and EDW Webcast - Modern Data Architecture for Big Data

    Microsoft's data platform is a cloud-ready information infrastructure that will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights and quickly build solutions to extend data across on-premise and public cloud. Hortonworks is the only 100-percent open source software provider to develop, distribute and...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Services Big Data Customer Webinar

    Big Data - What's Next? Date: January 16, 2014 Event Start Time: 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST Duration: 1 hour REGISTER HERE 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 map-reduce programs and automate the workflow of processing...
  • Blog Post: 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, including a new targeted search capabilities...
  • Blog Post: 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 up to a 50x gain in performance over legacy data...
  • Blog Post: 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 Insight BI and Big Data Presentations ·         ...