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  • Blog Post: Driving Ground Breaking BI with APS

    This blog post will detail how APS gives users the ability to: Leverage Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power Map at massive scale Iteratively query APS, adding BI on the fly Combine data seamlessly from PDW, HDI, and Azure using PolyBase The Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server Community Looks to Emerging Trends in BI and Database Technologies

    At PASS Summit this year Ted Kummert outlined his views on accelerating insights in the new world of data.  He mentioned in his blog post , that this is an incredible time for the industry, and that data has emerged as the new currency of business. Given that it’s such an exciting time to be in...
  • Blog Post: Get a free copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition!

    First the let’s talk about the great Microsoft breakout sessions at this year’s PASS Summit conference!  Some of the highlights from the 60+ Microsoft sessions include Liam Cavanagh (3 sessions on the upcoming SQL Azure Database solution), Buck Woody (2 sessions on Manageability, and 1 session on...
  • Blog Post: Self-Service BI with the Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel 2013: 5 Reasons to Get Started Right Away

    Using a variety of data sources has been a daunting task for mere mortals.  Now, with the Data Explorer add-in for Excel, you don’t need to be a super hero to unlock data gems.  The Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel is now available for download . Here are the Top 5 Reasons to investigate...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in PowerPivot for Excel with SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

    In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 we introduced PowerPivot: A self-service Business Intelligence experience that enables information workers to create their own self-service BI solutions and facilitating sharing and collaboration within the familiar environment of Excel and SharePoint. With the release...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Updates Power BI for Office 365 Preview with New Natural Language Search, Mapping Capabilities

    Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, including natural language search with Q&A and improved experiences in two preview add-ins for Excel with 3D mapping visualizations through Power Map and improved data search in...
  • Blog Post: Join in on the Social Media Activities at PASS Summit 2011

    PASS Summit 2011 starts this Wednesday and we’re very excited to share all the great content to attendees and the rest of the community who will be tuning in via the web. The SQL Server and Microsoft BI social teams will be present at the PASS Summit and will be very busy getting the word out to the...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server to manage 100's of Terabytes effortlessly with DATAllegro acquisition

    Big, big news for SQL Server customers. Microsoft announced intentions to acquire DATAllegro Inc. , which is a provider of breakthrough data warehouse appliances. This acquisition will make it easier and more cost-effective than ever before for customers of all sizes to manage and gather insight from...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Managed Self-Service BI

    We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing unique insights from the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. This week we are jumping ahead to Number 6 of The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012 (PDF) and we’ll revisit...
  • Blog Post: Big Data for Everyone: Using Microsoft’s Familiar BI Tools with Hadoop

    The Microsoft BI blog series on Microsoft’s Big Data technologies continues with a guest post from Ashvini Sharma discussing how organizations can benefit from Microsoft BI tools connecting to Hadoop. Ashvini is a Group Program Manager in the SQL Server Business Intelligence Group here at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

    In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and...
  • Blog Post: Donald Farmer ‘Twitterview’ with SQL Server Magazine

    Attention SQL Server enthusiasts: mark your calendar for April 14, 9:30 AM PDT . SQL Server Magazine is hosting a ‘Twitterview’ with Donald Farmer, Principal Program Manager for SQL Server. This is your opportunity to ask Donald your burning BI questions. This is a continuation of SQL Server Magazine...
  • Blog Post: Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

    The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following...
  • Blog Post: Recap from PASS Summit 2011

    We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011 , a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere -- on...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?

    Last October at the PASS Summit we began discussing our strategy and product roadmap for Big Data including embracing Hadoop as part of our data platform and providing insights to all users on any data. This week at the Strata Conference , we will talk about the progress we have been making with Hortonworks...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • Blog Post: Are you a PowerPivot Alpha Geek?

    Ready to put your Excel and PowerPIvot skills to the test? Take the Excelerators Quiz to see what kind of Excel user you are. Then check out the Alpha Geek Challenge with Donald Farmer for a chance to win a $250 shopping spree or an all expense paid trip to the BI Conference in New Orleans!!! http:/...
  • Blog Post: Watch to Win on November 28th! Enter the ‘Big Data Webcast’ Challenge

    Mark your calendars for November 28 th to get an inside track on how to make smarter business decisions. Join us for the new webcast “ Driving Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data ”, presented by Mike Flasko, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft and IDG Enterprise.  Watch the webcast at www...
  • Blog Post: Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight™

    The O’Reilly Strata Conference On Making Data Work is less than a week away. The Microsoft BI team is featuring a blog series highlighting Microsoft’s Big Data technologies. Today’s guest post is by Torsten Grabs, Principal Program Manager Lead for StreamInsight™ at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 are HERE!

    Today we are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3) . This CTP release represents a significant milestone for customers and partners looking to experience the extensive new value delivered in Denali. SQL Server Code Name “Denali”...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 performs 1 trillion row query in seconds at BI Conference

    The Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle is buzzing today as Microsoft kicks off its second annual Business Intelligence Conference. Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop took the stage to speak to more than 2,500 customers and partners about end-user empowerment, self...