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…


Data Analytics Camps: from Excel to Power BI

You are invited! As an advanced user, we want you to benefit from all of the capabilities available within Excel and Microsoft BI tools. Did you know that Excel has advanced data visualization capabilities such as Power View and Power BI? These tools can elevate the way you analyze, share and present data. The best…


Microsoft Data Platform at Microsoft Cloud Roadshow in Toronto

Bringing the best of IGNITE and BUILD conferences to Toronto. We want to invite you to attend the Microsoft Data Platform sessions at Microsoft Cloud Roadshow on November 9-10, 2015 taking place at the Toronto Congress Centre. Register now for this 2-day event, which is free to attend and will bring together the best training…


Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Advanced 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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Microsoft Data Platform Days in Canada

You are invited!The rise of machine learning and advanced analytics‚ combined with cloud unlimited capacity for data storage & computation marks a unique point in history. This is an incredible opportunity for organizations to innovate with agility and drive incredible impact using data‚ and this opportunity is here today.  Join Microsoft and industry experts to…

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SQL Server 2005 End of Support (EOS) Resources

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 or Azure SQL Database. Upgrade is an opportunity for your organization to…


Self-Service BI: Culture, Processes, People

A customer asked me an interesting question: when implementing self-service BI, what roles and workflows should be defined? Stepping back, self-service BI is about reducing the “time to insight.” Traditional BI takes too long to get the data, leaves less time for analyzing, and thus often the business decisions are rushed and even made before…

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