Azure Data Tech Week Workshops

Join Microsoft Canada as we host over 35 Azure and SQL Training sessions across Canada. These 300-400 level sessions are free of charge and are hosted by a Microsoft Azure Global Blackbelt Architect to help you get hands-on, practical experience with various topics including: Migrating your EDW to Azure SQLDW, Intelligent Analytics with Microsoft AI,…

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How to buy SQL Server?

I often receive questions about how organizations in Canada can buy SQL Server licenses. In this article, I will cover all possible options. SQL Server 2017 Licensing Options The most common way to acquire SQL Server licenses is to use one of following Volume Licensing programs: EA/EAS/SCE: Large organizations (500 users or more) often use…


For Microsoft Partners: Six ways to help your customers to get value from Data

Are you working with customers interested in Data, Analytics or IoT project? Do you feel that you don’t have enough expertise to win the deal or deploy the solution? We have Canadian partners that can help you and your customer learn about the solution, deliver an assessment, test drive the solution and deploy the project…


Fall 2017 Technical Webinars

You are invited to an 9-part webinar series gaining technical knowledge about Data & AI. Each episode features Microsoft experts’ perspectives offering ideas and frameworks to upgrade your skills and enhance the power of data and analytics in your organization. Tune in every Thursday 1:00 – 2:00pm EST starting October 12 Date Topic Oct 12…

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Six ways to get value from your data

Are you thinking of deploying Modern BI, Predictive Analytics or Big Data solution? Is it time to upgrade from SQL Server 2005/2008, move to the Cloud or consolidate your data infrastructure to improve the performance, optimize the cost and achieve higher flexibility? Interested in migrating from Oracle, Sybase or DB2 to save money and improve…

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Building a dashboard on top of a web API with Power BI and Azure – Part 3

In Part 1 of this series we connected to the driveBC API in Power BI Desktop and built a simple dashboard. In Part 2 we designed the architecture capable of storing the data over time. In Part 3 we are implementing implement the architecture. In the previous article, we defined our architecture as follow: We…


Formation Microsoft en mode laboratoire sur la plateforme de données

(English version here) Étant donné le succès de notre première série d’ateliers pratiques à Montréal au cours de la première moitié de l’année, nous redoublons nos efforts pour augmenter la capacité de la salle ainsi que la sélection et la profondeur des sujets. Nous croyons fermement que la meilleure façon de mettre en valeur notre technologie…

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Microsoft Data Platform Hands-on Labs

(Version en français ici) After the success of our first series of hands-on labs in Montreal in the first half of the year, we are expanding our efforts to increase room capacity, topic selection and depth. We firmly believe that placing our technology in your hands is the best way to make it shine. After all, teaching…

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Real-time streaming dashboard with Power BI

[This article was first published on stephanefrechette.com, and kindly contributed to CanSQL] I was recently asked to provide a simple demo/proof-of-concept on how to quickly create a real-time streaming dashboard with Power BI. Did you know that you can stream data and update dashboards in real-time? Any visual or dashboard that can be created in…