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  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2012: Accelerating Business through Data Insights

    Hot on the heels of our big data announcements at the O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World conference last month, my colleague, Ted Kummert, will take the stage at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2012 today in Seattle and make a number of announcements that further Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: Breakthrough performance with in-memory technologies

    In a blog post earlier this year on “ The coming database in-memory tipping point ”, I mentioned that Microsoft was working on several in-memory database technologies. At the SQL PASS conference this week, Microsoft unveiled a new in-memory database capability, code named “Hekaton 1 ”, which is slated...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Bringing Home the Knowledge

    PASS Summit 2012 is heading our way, and there is much to get excited about! Here is your chance to get a first-hand look at what PASS Summit is all about in this special series of guest posts from some of our industry experts and SQL Server MVPs. Louis Davidson has been a Microsoft MVP for 9 years....
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: What’s Your Hook?

    With PASS Summit 2012 on the horizon, we here at Microsoft are getting amped for all the great things in store for the SQL Server community at this world-renowned conference! There are, in fact, so many things to get excited about that it’s difficult to name just a few. And so, we’ve enlisted the help...
  • Blog Post: Special Data Barrier Agency (DBA) Agent Arkitektor Presents Mission: PASS Summit 2012

    From xVelocity in-memory analytics and X-ray vision, to the ability to take on 1 million commands per second, I am Arkitektor, special agent of the Data Barrier Agency. In alliance with Microsoft SQL Server, the Data Barrier Agency’s goal is to fuse the top qualities of the world’s top DBA rock stars...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: The ’Don’t Miss This’ Guide to Summit 2012

    With just a few days until the official start of PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle from November 6-9, 2012, the SQL Server team is hustling and bustling to put the finishing touches on the many activities that we are offering at the world’s largest and most intensive technical training conference for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Meet the Superheroes of SQL Server at the ‘I Made That’ Chalk Talks

    PASS Summit 2012 has arrived in Seattle and our #SQLFamily reunion is under way! In this final post of our Countdown to PASS Summit Series, we invite you to meet and greet the developers who worked on SQL Server 2012, for a personal, behind-the-scenes look at SQL Server 2012 in the making! *    ...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Make it Happen at The Summit

    It’s closer and closer we get to the official start of PASS Summit 2012, and our celebratory countdown continues! Today, we have more advice for you on what you need to get out of PASS Summit from SQL Server community members Rob Farley and John Sansom.  FEATURED   MVP ROB FARLEY Rob Farley...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to PASS Summit Series: A Network of Experience & More to Bring Home

    We can feel the excitement building as the Summit approaches! Here today, to help us with the final countdown and to get you ready for the rewarding week ahead are two of our SQL Server MVPs, Chris Shaw and Steve Novoselac, to share some wise words on what you can expect to get out of PASS Summit 2012...
  • Blog Post: Another Chance! Round 2 of “Win a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012”

    WINNER UPDATE: Thanks to all who participated in our photo caption contest – way to bow-WOW us with your snappy captions!  However, a special two paws up goes to @forhakim for the winning caption:  Step back from the database, or I will byte!" Congrats, Hakim!  We’ll see you in Seattle...
  • Blog Post: Guess What’s Back? Tweet for a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012

    For SQL Server professionals and enthusiasts alike, the place to be next month is PASS Summit 2012 . It all happens November 6 through 9 in Seattle, WA, where you will learn from top industry experts, network and connect with fellow SQL professionals, and return home with the training and tips you need...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit MVP Guest Series: Inspiration for the Year Ahead

    Each day “passes”, and it’s closer and closer we get to PASS Summit 2012. To build anticipation for this most inspiring event, we have yet another guest blog post from Jason Strate, an esteemed member of our SQL Server MVP community, to fill you in on what you can look forward to the most from PASS Summit...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012

    Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012 , the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big...
  • Blog Post: What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012?

    PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote . Perhaps not...