Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Cortana and IoT Suites

Want to get familiar with the new SQL Server 2016, Power BI, Predictive Analytics, IoT or Microsoft Big Data solutions? Join Microsoft Canada, our partners and the SQL PASS community for an across Canada in-person and online event series that will introduce you to these solutions. Please find the upcoming events list below. This page will…

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Get Ready for SQL Server 2016. Webcast for Canadian Partners

On June 1, 2016 Microsoft released a new version of SQL Server database. With SQL Server being the most popular database* in Canada, our partners have a tremendous opportunity to help customers to make sense of all their data and capture an advantage in the market Join this webcast to learn about SQL Server 2016…

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Join Microsoft at Big Data Summit Toronto – Feb 17th & 18th

    If you want to learn more about real world examples of big data implementations driving massive business value, this upcoming conference will definitely be of interest.  There are some great sessions lined up, including speakers from Rogers, Bank of Montreal, CIBC and Scotiabank, where real world examples of big data implementations will be…

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Architecture for Data Exploration using Microsoft Azure

I have decided to write this blog post as quite a few of my clients are asking me how best to enable a data culture inside their organizations. Satya Nadella says: “this is where I think we as leaders of our businesses get to do the most transformative thing, which is to first make sure…

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Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Cortana Analytics and IoT

Want to get familiar with the new Power BI, SQL Server 2014, Cortana Analytics or IoT solutions? Join Microsoft Canada, our partners and the SQL PASS community for an across Canada in-person and online event series that will introduce you to these solutions. Please find the upcoming events list below. This page will be updated…

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Power Query Use Case: Contact Management

Happy new year everyone! Of all the components of Power BI, Power Query was by far the one I was originally most skeptical about. How can an end-user be responsible for creating their own ETL when this process is usually so complex? After I started to play with the technology, I was really surprised that…

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SQL Server 2005 Upgrade – Learn from SQL Server experts

  Do you still have SQL Server 2005 databases in your IT environment? Learn from SQL Server experts (Microsoft MVPs) why you should upgrade, options you have and what you should consider when upgrading to SQL Server 2014.    SQL Server 2005? It’s The Final Countdown!  by Warner Chaves As I sit here typing this…

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Data Platform University for Partners

If you missed Data Platform University webcast series for partners we ran in October and November 2015, now you can watch them on-demand:   Title On-Demand Recording Link Microsoft’s Data Platform – The Opportunity is Bigger Than You Think https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032681619&Culture=en-US&community=0 Why Upgrade to SQL Server 2014 & 2016 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032683330&Culture=en-US&community=0 Overview of Power BI https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032683782&Culture=en-US&community=0 Selling…

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SQL Server News from PASS 2015

SQL Server News from PASS 2015 Hi! Last week was PASS Summit in Seattle. Here’s a short summary of announcements: CTP 3 of SQL Server 2016 is now available The roadmap for Microsoft BI visualization tools has been revealed Multiple announcements have been made about other BI components  Read the details on Chris Webb’s BI…

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IT CAMP: Time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014

You are invited! On April 12‚ 2016 Extended Support for SQL Server 2005 is coming to an end. After this date Microsoft will no longer provide assisted support‚ security updates or hotfixes for SQL Server 2005. Now is the time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014. Upgrade is an opportunity for your organization to significantly…

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