MVP Series: Promoting an Excel Tabular Model to SSAS

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.  We hope you enjoy them, please feel…

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16 free SQL Server 2012 hands-on labs

  Microsoft Learning center has a Virtual Lab environment, where you can quickly evaluate and test Microsoft's products and technologies through a series of guided, hands-on labs that you can complete in 90 minutes or less. There is no complex setup or installation required, and you can use Virtual Labs online immediately, free. Here is…

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PDW – Assessment, Training and Implementation

Beyond the work of deciding whether you need a data warehouse appliance and then deciding which one to purchase (hopefully you’re in the PDW camp!), work still needs to be done to assess, train and finally implement your solution.  It can seem daunting, but when you look at some of the offerings that exist across…

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Journée BI Microsoft – Montréal – 4-décembre

  On estime qu’il se crée environ 5 milliards de giga-octets de données à toutes les 10 minutes à travers le monde— ça, c’est le Big Data. Bien que vous ne produisiez pas cette quantité de données, si vous êtes comme la majorité de nos clients, vous rencontrez certains enjeux relativement au stockage et la…

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BI and Big Data – Montreal – December 4th

  An estimated 5 billion gigabytes of data are created around the world every 10 minutes—that is big data. Although you aren’t creating quite that much data, if you’re like most of our customers, you face challenges as you work to store and manage the volume of data your business generates from customers, social media,…

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MCSA: SQL Server 2012 – Exam Preparation with 3 Free MVA Courses

Are you interested in, or working towards your MCSA: SQL Server 2012?  If so, there are three free online courses (Jump Starts) from Microsoft Virtual Academy that can help prepare you for each exam required so you can become Microsoft certified.     Exam Prep 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases – Jump Start…

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Power BI Demo Contest

    The Microsoft Business Intelligence team is launching a contest starting today at 12:01pm (Eastern Time) to find the next Power BI demo rock star.  Just create an amazing demo video and enter* it into the contest between November 6th, 2013 and January 15th, 2014 and you could have a chance to win an…

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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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Microsoft IT Architect Forums

Discover how Microsoft hybrid cloud solutions help unify the best of your datacenter and the public cloud in one consistent platform to give you greater choice, flexibility, and the tools you need to move your business forward. This year we are excited to provide you with an exclusive in depth look at our latest hybrid…

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