Get your swag at Microsoft Booth 37Several months ago at Strata Santa Clara, we announced how we were working closely with key partners in the Big Data ecosystem to ensure that their solutions run on Microsoft’s Hadoop-based solutions. This year, we’re excited to return in force to the Strata-Hadoop World conference next week in New York. We’ve made great strides in putting together an enterprise-ready Big Data solution, and we can’t wait to share our progress.

Microsoft’s Big Data vision remains the same: Bring Big Data to the Masses. Big Data isn’t just for next-generation social media companies -- it’s for any company that wants to harness the power of information to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. With more and more data available in today’s world, not taking advantage of information means lost opportunities.

If you’re attending Strata-Hadoop World next week, please stop by booth #37 and attend one of our sessions, where we’ll be handing out great prizes (including Microsoft Surface tablets and Xbox 360 Kinect bundles):

Session #1: Drive Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data (October 24 1:40pm EST)

Session #2: Letting More Developers Dance with Elephants (October 24 2:30pm EST)

Session #3: Predictive Modeling and Operational Analytics over Streaming Data (October 25 @4:10pm EST)

If you aren’t able to make it to Strata-Hadoop World this year, we’ll have a live Tweet stream during our first session for @SQLServer followers (October 24 beginning at 1:40pm EST).

Learn more at www.microsoft.com/bigdata