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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: MCP Success Story: Reggie Benito on Getting Certified at Age 43

    It is challenging to meet the demands of work and family life. Sometimes, it seems crazy to add studying on top of everything else. Maybe you already have a "good enough" job. Maybe you think it's too late for you to start something new. Maybe you're afraid of failing. But what if?...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: SQL Server is the most popular database again

    We are proud to share the latest IDC findings*: SQL Server remains the most popular database in Canada. 68% of businesses surveyed by IDC named SQL Server as their primary database. Please find the pervious survey results here. * IDC Canada, IT Advisory Panel Survey n3, 2013.
  • 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: 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. Learn more about SQL Server 2012 security...
  • 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 ·         ...
  • Blog Post: 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 in place. SQL Server 2005. On April 12‚...
  • 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: 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: 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 has been growing for the last years. ...
  • Blog Post: 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 Mission Critical Performance and Hybrid Cloud Scenarios...
  • Blog Post: A special offer for Microsoft Partners in Canada – Build Your SQL Server Skill Set

    Partner offer There has never been a better time to study for and pass the 70-461, 70-462 and 70-463 exams and get certified on SQL Server and BI. As a Canadian Partner consultant, SQL Server has the potential to be an even bigger part of your business, especially with the recent explosion of data...
  • 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...