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  • Blog Post: Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge

    Calling all data junkies! How smart are you? Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher ! Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning...
  • Blog Post: ICYMI: Data platform momentum

    The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations...
  • Blog Post: Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights

    At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data...
  • Blog Post: Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights

    Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP...
  • Blog Post: Join us on April 15 and Accelerate Your Insights

    Mark your calendar now to join us online on April 15 for the Accelerate your insights event , streaming live from San Francisco, California at 10:00 AM PDT. Wondering what your data can do for you? Join us to online find out how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights. You’ll...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

    A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. The Feature Pack consists of the following: Microsoft ADOMD.NET ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET...
  • 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: Try Power View for a Chance to Win Prizes

    Our friends in the Microsoft BI Team are kicking off a new contest today centered on Power View, and you will have the opportunity to participate and win prizes. Power View is the new interactive data exploration and visualization tool on SQL Server 2012. Starting today and continuing every Tuesday and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft named a leader Enterprise Data Warehousing marketing

    Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave report: Enterprise Data Warehousing Platforms, Q1 2009 (February 2009). Forrester noted that “Microsoft’s substantial presence in the DBMS, OLAP, portal, spreadsheet, collaboration, and browser markets provide a strong...
  • Blog Post: Empower Users with Self Service BI

    Written by Ashvini Sharma, Principal Program Manager Lead, Microsoft Corp. SQL Server 2008 R2 empowers business users to create and share rich, compelling BI solutions through familiar tools such as Excel 2010 and SharePoint 2010. While we’ve mentioned PowerPivot in the past, this post describes...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: PASS BAC Preview Series: Self-Service BI from Excel 2013

    In today’s world of information, the way we experience data can have enormous impact on the meaning of data. The first step in analyzing and exploring data is to decide how to explore it, shape it, format it, and create the visualizations that will give deeper insight into your business. A part of the...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft TechEd turns 20 with the SQL Server Team on hand to celebrate!

    It has been 20 years since Microsoft started TechEd to provide hands on training from Microsoft experts across current and soon-to-release products, solutions and services. The event has grown to become Microsoft’s premier technology conference for IT Pros and Developers, and to mark our 20 th...
  • 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 2012 Released to Manufacturing

    Exciting news! Microsoft announced today that SQL Server 2012 has released to manufacturing. Customers and partners can download an evaluation of the product today and can expect general availability to begin on April 1. Microsoft also announced today an additional preview of an Apache Hadoop-based service...
  • 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 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: PASS BAC Preview Series: Looking for Big Data Value in All the Wrong Places

    In this guest post from Hyoun Park, PASS Business Analytics Conference (PASS BAC) speaker, we get an interesting twist on the challenge of Big Data and how to stop looking for solutions in all the wrong ways and all the wrong places.   You can learn more from Hyoun at PASS BAC in his session, Building...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server on Channel 9

    The Developer & Partner Evangelize team just posted a ton of new SQL Server and Business Intelligence content on Channel 9. You can check it out here - http://channel9.msdn.com/sql There are 22 screencasts posted as part of a developer training workshop built on SQL Server 2005 that has been delivered...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans

    Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President for the Business Platform Division, kicked off the start of Microsoft's Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans. During his keynote address, Ted discussed how Microsoft is listening to customers and working hard to help put better business intelligence...
  • Blog Post: Join us March 7, 2012 for the Virtual Launch of SQL Server 2012!

    On March 7, 2012 we are hosting the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE), to share the latest on SQL Server 2012 and the evolution of the Microsoft data platform. Through our VLE, anyone, anywhere in the world can simply log in and be a part of this amazing experience – consuming content at your...