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  • 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: SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available

    Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014 , the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable new, transformational scenarios. In addition, SQL...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking insights from Big Data can be simple with the right tools

    Data enthusiasts & Microsoft talk about Big Data in the enterprise at Gigaom Structure Data 2014 Last week in New York, our data solutions experts spent a few days with more than 900 big data practitioners, technologists and executives at Structure Data for a conversation how big data can drive...
  • 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: Strata-Hadoop World 2012 Recap

    We just wrapped up a busy week at Strata-Hadoop World, one of the predominant Big Data conferences. Microsoft showed up in force, with the big news being our press announcement around the availability of public previews for Windows Azure HDInsight Service and Microsoft HDInsight Server for Windows ,...
  • 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: TPC-E – Raising the Bar in OLTP Performance

    Blog Author : Charles Levine, Principal Program Manager, SQL Server Performance Engineering Maximizing SQL Server’s performance and scalability is a complex engineering challenge. Beyond good architecture and well-designed code, we also extensively measure SQL Server to ensure that it delivers...
  • Blog Post: Don’t pass by PASS Summit 2011!

    PASS Summit 2011 is just around the corner! PASS Summit is the largest SQL Server and BI conference in the world. It is planned and presented by the SQL Server Community for the SQL Server community. This year, there will be 174 training sessions spread across six technical tracks, including two full...
  • Blog Post: How Fast is Project Codenamed “Hekaton” – It’s ‘Wicked Fast’!

    Recently I posted a video about how the SQL Server Community was looking into emerging trends in BI and Database technologies - one of the key technologies mentioned in that video was in-memory. Many Microsoft customers have been using in-memory technologies as part of SQL Server since 2010 including...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Training at its Best: Join us in Dallas for PASS SQLRally 2012

    With PASS SQLRally Dallas just a month away, Microsoft SQL Server Senior Marketing Manager and PASS Director Jennifer Moser talked with PASS President Bill Graziano about what to expect at the May 10-11, 2012 conference focusing on all things SQL Server. Jennifer: Who should attend PASS SQLRally, and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Services Launches New Offerings for Mission Critical Customers

    Customers running mission critical solutions have asked Microsoft to provide higher levels of service and support for their environments, given the potential negative impact to their business if an incident or outage occurs to their mission critical solution. With that in mind, Microsoft Services today...
  • Blog Post: The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating Optimized Productivity

    The 11 th episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series is here, and we are excited to be discussing optimized IT and developer productivity across server and cloud with a common toolset. In this latest episode, Tobias Ternstrom, Lead Program Manager discusses the “Sequence...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ships CTP of Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse

    Two weeks ago, Microsoft announced its commitment to Hadoop and promised to release new connectors to promote interoperability between Hadoop and SQL Server. Today we are announcing the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two connectors for Hadoop : The first is a Hadoop connector...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Wants Your Feedback on SQL Server 2012!

    Do you use SQL Server 2012? What features do you like? What could be improved? Would you recommend it to others? Let everyone know what you think on our new Customer Reviews page. This page is meant to be a place for informal peer-to-peer conversation about what problem you were trying to solve and what...
  • Blog Post: Helping Customers of All Sizes Improve Business Planning and Consolidations

    SAP issued a press release today announcing the Microsoft support of SAP BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation (BPC) version for the Microsoft platform. This relationship gives us another option to meet customer and partner demand for a budgeting & planning application built on top of the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Seamless insights on structured and unstructured data with SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse

    In the fast evolving new world of Big Data, you are being asked to answer a new set of questions that require immediate responses on data that has changed in volume, variety, complexity and velocity. A modern data platform must be able to answer these new questions without costing IT millions of dollars...
  • 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: Crutchfield Turns to Microsoft and EMC to Help Transform SQL Server to the Private Cloud

    When it comes to consumer electronics gear, audio and video enthusiasts rely on Crutchfield Corporation for excellent customer service and stellar product know-how. Crutchfield powers its information-based service with a wide range of tools for its website visitors, customers and internal customer advisors...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Commitment to Interoperability

    In our continued commitment to interoperability, we would like to share what the SQL Server product team has been doing for Java and PHP developers. We understand that our customers have application development across all platforms, so providing consistent data access across multi-platform solutions...
  • 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: Microsoft named a leader in Database Management Systems Market

    Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Database Management Systems, Q2 2009. (June 2009). Forrester writes that Microsoft is “The most aggressive DBMS vendor with a strong road map.” In this Wave, Forrester categorizes Leaders as offering “broad set of functionality...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

    The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic...
  • 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: SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour Kicking Off at PASS European Conference 2010

    Donald Farmer—one of the best-known thinkers on the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence team—will head up the launch of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Tour and dig into the new release at a special full-day Microsoft R2 Launch Event at PASS European Conference 2010 in Neuss, Germany...
  • Blog Post: Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President, speaks about helping customers in consolidation efforts

    Check out a new video with Ted Kummert , SVP for the Microsoft Business Platform Division, outlining how Microsoft and its partners are trying to help customers realize the key benefits of SQL Server consolidation. As customers try to reduce costs, they are looking at SQL Server consolidation. To...