SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 End of Support Reminder

SQL Server 2000. About six month ago on April 9‚ 2013 Extended Support for SQL Server 2000 came to an end. Microsoft no longer provides assisted support‚ security updates or hotfixes for SQL Server 2000 unless a custom support agreement is in place.  SQL Server 2005. On April 12‚ 2011‚ SQL Server 2005 transitioned from…

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Big Data Saturday – Mississauga, October 26

      You have been invited to take part in a free 1-day training event targeted towards SQL Server and BI Professionals. Overview: BIG DATA Saturday is a technical, day long training session that focuses on the latest Microsoft technologies around BI, Big Data, and SQL Server. The sessions will be delivered by technical…

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Power Map Preview is now available on Download Center

Great news from the Power Map team. We are super excited to announce that Power Map Preview, our final v1 preview, was just posted on Download Center. New in this release are Region Chart type, Flat Map and the ability to create videos from your Power Map tours as wells as many more features that…

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Most popular database in Canada

Do you know what the most popular database in Canada is? More than 66% of Canadian organizations surveyed by IDC* in 2012 said SQL Server was the Primary database for their business.   The trend is interesting too:  Microsoft SQL Server popularity has been growing for the last years.   *IDC Survey,  Dec 2012 “Canadian…

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Canada Launches Next Generation Open Data Portal

The Portal contains datasets compiled by over 20 departments and agencies, covering a broad range of topics, from housing, to health and environmental data. The next generation Data.gc.ca  site features new interactive capabilities and Web 2.0 features, including a new targeted search capabilities and a Developers Corner, where Open Data developers can access specific technical…

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Announcing Power BI for Office 365

Microsoft announced a new offering–Power BI for Office 365. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) solution that helps enable you to easily gain insights from your data, working within Excel to analyze and visualize the data in a self-service way. It works with Office 365 to help you share insights,…

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SQL Server 2014 Community Preview

See what’s new in Microsoft SQL Server 2014 by trying out the community preview. Like how it builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in the prior release by providing breakthrough performance, availability and manageability for your mission critical applications. SQL Server 2014 delivers new in-memory capabilities built into the core database for OLTP and data…

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Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 released

BizTalk Server 2013 continues to enable integration solutions with heterogeneous Line-of-business systems. It helps you optimize user productivity, gain business efficiency and increase agility. BizTalk Server 2013 allows net developers to take advantage of BizTalk capabilities right out of the box to rapidly build solutions that need to integrate transactions and data from applications like…

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Meet SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data warehouse – Microsoft’s BIG Data Appliance

Microsoft recently introduced SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse appliance (PDW), the next generation of the scalable, massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse appliance. With PDW you can manage both relational and non-relational data, achieve up to a 50x gain in performance over legacy data warehouses and it provides you with the lowest price per terabyte…

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TechEd North America 2013 presentations now available on demand

TechED 2013 North America (New Orleans, June 3 – 6, 2013) recorded presentations are now available on Channel9. The five most popular BI and Data Platform presentations were: ·         Big Data. Small Data. All Data. ·         Microsoft “Data Explorer” for Excel: Discover, Combine, and Refine your Data ·         HDInsight: Introduction to Hadoop on Windows ·        …

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