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HarperCollins Publishers deploys new global business intelligence solution in just 2 weeks with Windows Azure and SQL Server
HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world's largest publishing companies, needed to shift control of market research data from third-party firms to in-house in order to provide employees better insight into the ever-changing ways consumers discover and buy their books. Rather than building a traditional...
25 Nov 2013
Microsoft updates SQL Server Data Tools
With the release of SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2) and the commercial release of Visual Studio 2013, there are also new preview releases of SQL Server Data Tools that support both database and business intelligence projects. As the SQL Server Blog reports , to support business...
13 Nov 2013
Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!
The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog . On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce...
6 Nov 2013
How Windows Server for Embedded Systems can improve productivity in industrial automation systems
In the Windows Embedded Blog Monday, Partha Srinivasan writes about how Windows Embedded Server-based server appliances in industrial automation can help improve productivity, asset utilization and operational efficiencies. Srinivasan, product manager for Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products,...
4 Nov 2013
Barcelona tech pilot demonstrates a revolution in city planning
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
If you’ve ever played a video game where you manage a virtual city, you understand how real-time insight into services like transportation is essential. For city planners in the real world, the technologies to gain such “big picture” insights simply haven’t been available in the...
30 Oct 2013
The new SQL Server backup to Windows Azure is secure, durable and cost-effective
As the SQL Server Blog reports , Microsoft recently announced several new ways to back up and recover SQL Server databases with Windows Azure . These features, now available in SQL Server 2014 CTP2 and as a standalone tool for prior versions, provide an easy path to cloud backup and disaster recovery...
22 Oct 2013
From the PASS Summit: SQL Server 2014 CTP2 now available
On Wednesday at the PASS Summit in Charlotte, N.C., Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Data Platform Group, announced the availability of the second Community Technology Preview (CTP2) of SQL Server 2014 . SQL Server 2014 CTP2 features breakthrough performance with In-Memory...
16 Oct 2013
Microsoft will join the big data conversation at Strata + Hadoop World
The Strata + Hadoop conference is to data what E3 is to gaming – if you’re in the biz, you want to be there. Microsoft is pleased to have two of its resident experts contributing to the conversation this year: On Oct. 29, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Data Platform...
11 Oct 2013
Tweet for a chance to win a free ticket to PASS Summit 2013!
Approximately 5,000 attendees are busy planning their itineraries for this year’s PASS Summit – the world's largest and most intensive conference for Microsoft SQL Server and business intelligence professionals – coming to Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 15-18. If you still have this three-day...
23 Sep 2013
Website connects the dots on Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision
On Monday, Microsoft launched the updated Cloud OS vision website – a resource for developers, IT professionals, architects, managers and folks like us who want to gain a better understanding of Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Amber Kinney is on the team...
17 Sep 2013
SQL Server guru is heading to PASS Summit and is ready to share
Microsoft Principal Architect Conor Cunningham knows a few things about database technologies. He holds several patents related to query optimization and query processing, is a published author (including his blog, Conor vs. SQL ), and has worked on database technologies for Microsoft for over 10 years...
13 Sep 2013
Save beaucoup bucks and register for PASS Summit 2013 before Sept. 16
PASS Summit 2013 runs Oct. 15 to 18 in Charlotte, N.C. That’s not so far away! If you plan to attend the Summit, you can save yourself a couple of bucks by registering before Sept. 16, when the registration fee will increase by $200. For those who don’t know, PASS Summit is the world's...
11 Sep 2013
Get the inside scoop on PASS Summit 2013 from TechNet Radio
PASS Summit 2013 runs Oct. 15 to 18 in Charlotte, N.C. That’s just a little more than a month away! If you’re curious to know what’s on the agenda at PASS Summit this year, then be sure to tune in to this week’s TechNet Radio special above to listen to Jennifer Moser, Lara...
5 Sep 2013
Another reason to attend PASS Summit 2013: Microsoft Certification testing!
When did the “opportunity” to take a test become good news? The moment it meant you could advance your career – all while networking and building your SQL Server know-how. For the second year in a row, attendees of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit will be able...
28 Aug 2013
Windows Azure updates boost push notifications, high-availability in the cloud
The lives of mobile and enterprise developers who use Windows Azure became a little sweeter on Tuesday, when Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Notification Hubs and support for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Listeners. The updates will reduce development time and costs...
13 Aug 2013
Get ‘em now: Windows Azure July updates are here
On Wednesday, Microsoft released a great bunch of updates to Windows Azure. Though some are still in preview, writes Scott Guthrie on his blog , all of these improvements are available now and will help you build even better cloud solutions. New enhancements include: SQL Databases : Support for...
25 Jul 2013
Unlock business-critical cloud apps with Windows Azure SQL Database Premium preview
Predictability of performance has been an Achilles heel for business-critical cloud applications. That’s about to change. Earlier this month at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Executive Vice President Satya Nadella announced a new Premium service for...
24 Jul 2013
'2012 R2' releases: They’re scenario-centric and battle-ready
Microsoft made a ton of news around its next wave of products the last couple of weeks, including previews for Windows Server 2012 R2 , System Center 2012 R2 , and SQL Server 2014 , plus Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune , and new Windows Azure services . Customer feedback has been fantastic, which...
3 Jul 2013
SAP, HP and Microsoft set new SAP world record using Hyper-V
SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is one of the most common workloads within enterprise environments. As this post from the Microsoft Server and Cloud team explains, the solution provides access to critical data, applications, and analytical tools, and helps organizations streamline processes across...
1 Jul 2013
Windows Server, SQL Server and System Center Previews: How to get started
Microsoft is hoping to have a history-making year at TechEd Europe 2013 , with notable advances from the Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Intune product teams. With all these previews released, where does one start? Both TechEd Europe and TechEd North America offered hundreds of sessions...
27 Jun 2013
SQL Server 2014 public community technology preview now available
TechEd Europe 2013 delivers downloads of key enterprise product updates announced at TechEd North America. Brad Anderson’s blog post describes many of these, including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 . One of the latter’s key features is that in the event...
25 Jun 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview is now available for download
In today’s TechEd Europe keynote address, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center at Microsoft Brad Anderson laid out the conference’s major announcements . Among them was the availability of downloads of preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012...
25 Jun 2013
Enter a daily sweepstakes during TechEd Europe and win prizes
Like TechEd North America, TechEd Europe promises an abundance of opportunities for IT pros and developers to advance their professional knowledge. But there’s also a chance to have some fun and win a PowerStick (approximate retail value $75) through a daily sweepstakes that begins the first day...
21 Jun 2013
AlwaysOn Troubleshooting Guide now available
When disaster strikes, businesses need reliable ways to keep their databases intact and working. Now, enterprise customers who use AlwaysOn Availability Groups for disaster recovery have a new resource to help them work through problems: the AlwaysOn Availability Groups Troubleshooting and Monitoring...
7 Jun 2013
TechEd North America 2013 sessions now online
TechEd North America 2013 in New Orleans wrapped up on Thursday, ending four days of sessions attended by thousands and featuring key developments in Windows Azure, significant updates to servers and new tools built for the cloud. (You can read more about that in Satya Nadella’s post .) If...
7 Jun 2013
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