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  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Launch Events Continue in March

    On March 7 th we went live with the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event with incredible turn out to date! We appreciate the fantastic response from the community! There are still tons of online and in person events around the globe joining in on the celebration of SQL Server 2012! Click here...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise scalability one focus for PASS 2009 Summit

    This is a long post, but there is so much happening at PASS! During the opening keynote at the PASS 2009 Summit, Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division, highlighted Microsoft’s continued commitment to mission critical workloads, announcing the upcoming delivery of the...
  • Blog Post: Thanks for the Tweets! Congrats to the #Winner of the Tweet Challenge!

    Way to wow us with your tweets, SQL Server community! It was a tough call for us, but after checking out all the great responses to the Tweet for a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012 Challenge , we finally settled on a winner – congratulations to @GarethSwan , who told us that “Winning a ticket to PASS Summit...
  • 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: 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: 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: Guest Blog Post: How to Jumpstart Your Career as a DBA by Thomas LaRock

    You are a SQL Server DBA, and I know what you are going through. You are frustrated at having to correct other people's work. You are tired from being woken at odd hours, or needed to work on weekends. And the better you get at your job, the more likely you cannot advance in your career because they...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, SAP, IBM, Citrix, Progress Software and WSO2 co-submit OData to OASIS for standardization

    Last November, at PASS 2011, Ted Kummert, CVP, SQL Server laid out Microsoft’s data platform vision for the new world of data that we all live in – one that is characterized by an tremendous growth in the volume, variety and velocity of data that we need to deal with. In his keynote, Ted pointed out...
  • 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: 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: 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...