MVP Series: 7 Ways to Lose Your DBA Job

We are thrilled to have special guest authors from the Canadian MVP Award Program contributing posts.  For the next few weeks, we will be posting a different article from one of our Canadian SQL Server MVPs each week.  We hope you enjoy them, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks to Karen Lopez for…

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11 Free SQL Server 2012 Online Training Courses to Sharpen Your Skills

  Our friends at Microsoft Virtual Academy have a number of no-cost online training courses available, delivered by Microsoft experts across a broad range of subjects. We’ve pulled together the courses relevant to SQL Server 2012 and consolidated them for you below.  In total there are 11, count ‘em, 11 courses! The courses cover content…

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SQL Server 2014 and Power BI launch events in Canada

> please find the latest event list here. Want to get familiar with the new SQL Server 2014 and Power BI? Microsoft Canada, our partners and SQL PASS community will run a series of SQL Server 2014 and Power BI launch events across Canada and online. Please find below the upcoming events list. We will…


Canadian County and Postal Code Shading in Power Map for Excel

Good news for Canadian users of Power Map. I discovered by playing with a dataset that it’s now possible to shade polygons in maps at both county and postal code levels! To my knowledge his was not previously possible as only Country and Province shading was available. I was surprised it worked when I mistakenly…

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March 29: Big Data Saturday II in Mississauga

    Event content (DataCamp Training Kit) is available here. Please take into account that it’s an executable file.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________   As part of the series of Developer Movement events being hosted in Canada, Big Data Saturday II is coming to Mississauga on Saturday March 29, 2014!   At this event you will learn how…

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18 Free SQL Server 2014, Azure and BI virtual labs

  Do you want to learn about SQL Server 2014, Azure SQL Databases, Corporate BI, and Power BI without the need of installing and configuring the installation bits?   We’ve just released 18 (eighteen) new virtual labs based on the integrated demo Virtual Machines with full step-by-step instructions.   All that you need to start…


BIG Data Hackathon in Mississauga

The event is over! Congratulations to the winners! Data Modelling Prize winner: Ontario Parking Ticket Revenue Forecaster project   Data Visualization Prize winner: Parking Tickets and Air Flights project Please find the event resources here. __________________________________________   You’re invited! The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good cause.  Assemble a…


Predictive Analytics Customer Workshop in Vancouver

        PLEASE FIND THE EVENT RESOURCES HERE (Password: Azure)     Join us for an exciting, one-day learning event on predictive analytics using Microsoft Azure.   WHO SHOULD ATTENDData Scientists, Developers & Programmers, Architects, and Analysts WHY SHOULD I ATTEND? Azure Machine Learning is an exciting new Microsoft product that allows rapidly…

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Free eBook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014

  We’re pleased to announce a free SQL Server 2014 ebook – Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 – by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner. You can download this eBook here: Download the PDF (8.08 MB) Download the EPUB file (8.22 MB) Download the Mobi for Kindle file (12.3MB)     Introduction Microsoft SQL Server 2014…