Microsoft Tools to Tackle Ebola, Updated Ebola Analytics File

Microsoft Tools My earlier article highlighting how Power BI can be used to analyze WHO ebola data generated a lot of interest. To follow-up on this topic, I’m writing today about the announcement made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella regarding tools we make available to help fight ebola. He announced that qualified medical researchers would…

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MVP Series: Business Intelligence Grows Up

For the month of October and November we are thrilled to have special guest authors from the Canadian MVP Award Program contributing posts around their favourite tips, tricks & features of SQL 2014.  For the next few weeks, we will be posting a different article from one of our Canadian SQL Server MVPs each week. …


Webémissions de Microsoft Canada: Power BI, Analyse prédictive et "SQL Server as a Service"

Vous êtes invité. Vous avez été nombreux à assister aux divers événements de formation virtuelle que nous avons publiés. Dans la foulée de ce succès, Microsoft Canada organise une série de webémissions portant sur la plateforme de données Microsoft. Ces événements visent à vous aider à en apprendre plus sur les toutes dernières solutions de…


Microsoft Canada Webcasts: Power BI, Predictive Analytics and SQL Server as a Service

  You are invited. We’ve had a great response to the various virtual training events we’ve been posting. Continuing that momentum‚ Microsoft Canada is hosting a Microsoft Data Platform webcast series. These events are designed to help you learn more about the latest Microsoft Data Platform solutions: Power BI‚ Azure Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics…


Webcast series for Microsoft partners: SQL Server, Power BI, Azure and SQL Azure

  Duration & Modality: 120 minutes. Includes Presentation & Demo Targeted Partner Roles: Technical Roles, Functional Roles, Consultants Session Title Session Description Date/Time SQL & Azure Series Session 1: SQL Server 2014 Hybrid Cloud using Windows Azure This session will focus on Hybrid Cloud scenarios for SQL Server and Windows Azure. It uses Windows Azure…


Ebola Outbreak Analysis using Power BI

Hi everyone! This is my first blog post, so let me introduce myself. I’m Charles Verdon (@chverdon), Technology Solutions Professional for Data Platform and Business Intelligence at Microsoft for Eastern Canada. I’m passionate about data analytics and creating insights through visualizations. With all the news articles and general fear about Ebola, I wanted to better…

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New series of Microsoft Azure VMs (D-Series) for Big Data and Analytics

We’ve just announced a new series of VM sizes for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Web/Worker Roles (D-Series). The new sizes are defined as follows: Name vCores Memory (GB) Local SSD (GB) Standard_D1 1 3.5 50 Standard_D2 2 7 100 Standard_D3 4 14 200 Standard_D4 8 28 400 Local Storage SSD Drive On these new…

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October 2014: 9 Free SQL Server online trainings from Pragmatic Works

Installing and Configuring SQL Server Reporting Services 10/2/2014, 11:00am ET Instructor: Robert Cain Reporting Services has become the backbone of information distribution for many businesses. It's vital then you have a good understanding of the configuration manager, as the choices you make here can affect your entire reporting infrastructure. Topics such as Scale-Out deployments, encryption…

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New optimized SQL images in Azure VM gallery

We are delighted to announce new optimized SQL Server images in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines Gallery. These images are pre-configured with optimizations for transactional and Data Warehousing workloads respectively by baking in our performance best practices for running SQL in Azure VMs.   The following four new pre-configured VM images are now available in…

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Azure DocumentDB and Search unveiled

  As you probably know, the Azure platform continues to expand, and last week’s unveiling of Azure DocumentDB and Search was another big step to making the Microsoft cloud even more appealing for developers. We already have customers who are trying these new solutions:   "To help McKesson continue to provide industry-leading clinical connectivity solutions, we…