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  • Blog Post: Big Data Hackathon – a Story from a Winning Team

    This blog post was created collaboratively by the winning team of the Big Data Hackathon in Data Visualization category (Microsoft Canada office, Mississauga ON, March 13-14, 2015). Big Data Hackathon Team members : Kosta Zabashta , Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Marcello Panaccione , Ontario Teachers'...
  • Blog Post: Predictive Analytics Customer Workshop in Vancouver

    PLEASE FIND THE EVENT RESOURCES HERE (Password: Azure) Join us for an exciting, one-day learning event on predictive analytics using Microsoft Azure. WHO SHOULD ATTEND Data Scientists, Developers & Programmers, Architects, and Analysts WHY SHOULD I ATTEND? Azure Machine Learning is an exciting new...
  • Blog Post: BIG Data Hackathon in Mississauga

    The event is over! Congratulations to the winners! Data Modelling Prize winner: Ontario Parking Ticket Revenue Forecaster project Data Visualization Prize winner : Parking Tickets and Air Flights project Please find the event resources here . __________________________________________ You’re invited...
  • 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: MVP Series: Promoting an Excel Tabular Model to SSAS

    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 week. We hope you enjoy them...
  • 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: Overlooked Features of SQL 2014

    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: How to Analyze your Facebook Data with Power BI

    You’ve seen with my last post the types of analytics easily possible with Excel. Now let’s show you how you can make a similar analysis of any Facebook page you like. Step 0: Getting the tools ready For this to work, you need Excel 2013 with the Power BI add-ins enabled. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Data Analytics with Power BI

    Can you analyze social network data in Excel? The answer might surprise you, but yes! The key is Power Query’s Facebook connector! Scenario Now let’s consider an actual scenario! Let’s do the analysis of Microsoft Canada’s Facebook page. The file is available for download...
  • 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: Microsoft Tools to Tackle Ebola, Updated Ebola Analytics File

    Microsoft Tools My earlier article highlighting how Power BI can be used to analyze WHO ebola data generated a lot of interest. To follow-up on this topic, I’m writing today about the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella regarding tools we make available to help fight ebola. He...
  • Blog Post: Webémissions de Microsoft Canada: Power BI, Analyse prédictive et "SQL Server as a Service"

    Vous êtes invité. Vous avez été nombreux à assister aux divers événements de formation virtuelle que nous avons publiés. Dans la foulée de ce succès, Microsoft Canada organise une série de webémissions portant sur la plateforme de données Microsoft. Ces événements visent à vous aider à en apprendre plus...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada Webcasts: Power BI, Predictive Analytics and SQL Server as a Service

    You are invited. We’ve had a great response to the various virtual training events we’ve been posting. Continuing that momentum‚ Microsoft Canada is hosting a Microsoft Data Platform webcast series. These events are designed to help you learn more about the latest Microsoft Data Platform solutions: Power...
  • Blog Post: Webcast series for Microsoft partners: SQL Server, Power BI, Azure and SQL Azure

    Duration & Modality: 120 minutes. Includes Presentation & Demo Targeted Partner Roles: Technical Roles, Functional Roles, Consultants Session Title Session Description Date/Time SQL & Azure Series Session 1: SQL Server 2014 Hybrid Cloud using Windows Azure This session will focus on Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Ebola Outbreak Analysis using Power BI

    Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, so let me introduce myself. I’m Charles Verdon ( @chverdon ), Technology Solutions Professional for Data Platform and Business Intelligence at Microsoft for Eastern Canada. I’m passionate about data analytics and creating insights through visualizations...
  • 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: 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

    Please download the event presentations here __________________________________________________ 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...
  • 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: Free SQL Server trainings from Microsoft Partner

    What's New in PowerShell v3...and 4! 5/1/2014, 11:00am ET PowerShell v3 was a massive new release. With literally thousands of new cmdlets and a new ISE, where do you start? In this session we'll begin with an overview of the feature sets included with v3, plus the new ISE. Then we'll look...
  • 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: 14 free SQL Server, BI and PDW online trainings from Pragmatic Works

    Improving Query Performance 4/1/2014, 11:00am EST The 'out of the box' SQL Server installation and configuration is generally useless in an enterprise of any size and will lead to unbelievably poor query performance. In this hour we will discuss the basics of SQL Server deployment and configuration...
  • 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...