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  • Blog Post: Announcing the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP

    At the PASS Summit 2009 last week, Ted Kummert announced the soon-to-be-delivered November SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Technology Preview. We’re happy to announce that it is available today for MSDN and TechNet subscribers and it will be available to the general public on November 11 th . Go to http...
  • Blog Post: O’Reilly Strata: Busting Big Data Adoption Myths with Halo 4–Part 3

    Structured or unstructured – what to store? How about all of it? I spoke at the O’Reilly Strata Conference last year and am back again this year to share thoughts about big data. It’s been a remarkable year for Microsoft’s data platform team. While we’ve had a long history in the data space, last year...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot as...
  • 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: How can I prepare for PowerPivot?

    By Denny Lee, SQL Server Customer Advisory Team One of the main concerns for PowerPivot as an IT Professional or Database Administrator is that PowerPivot involves many different systems of SharePoint, Office, and SQL Server 2008 R2.  It also has a lot of moving parts and making sure that all of...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Magazine Conference Inside Scoop

    What’s the weather like in Las Vegas? Who knows?! The place to be is inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino where the SQL Server Magazine conference is taking place. The Microsoft booth has seen a steady stream of traffic and a question that keeps coming up is “when is SQL Server 2008 R2 being launched...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 R2 Released to Manufacturing!

    We are very excited to share that today, Microsoft released SQL Server 2008 R2 to manufacturing! Customers can expect availability in the next few weeks through Microsoft’s distribution channels. For more information, visit www.sqlserverlaunch.com . SQL Server 2008 R2 enhancements continue to support...
  • Blog Post: Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs

    We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic...
  • Blog Post: PowerPivot downloads for Excel and SharePoint now available

    Last week, we announced the availability of the SQL Server 2008 R2 November CTP. Today we are excited to share that the SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot downloads for Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are now available! To download PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, please...
  • 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: 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: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization”

    We have reached the final week of the Fantastic 12 of 2012 contest. We’re looping back to “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization” with Julie Strauss, Senior Program Manager Lead with the SQL Server Analysis Services Group. Julie shares with us how the Diagram View made its way into PowerPivot. While...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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:/...