Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Cortana 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…


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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Big Data Hackathon in Vancouver

The event is over. Please find the event presentations and resources here. Prize winners: – Data Modelling: Vancouver Crime Analysis by team Droptable UBC – Data Visualization: Reflex Math Analytics by team Synergy         You’re invited! The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good cause.  Assemble a…


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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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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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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Microsoft BIG Data: Windows Azure HDInsight general availability

Windows Azure HDInsight provides 100% Apache Hadoop as a service in the cloud. HDInsight builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop. HDInsight offers: Insights with familiar tools: Through integration with Microsoft’s business intelligence tools, HDInsight enables customers to easily analyze data in Excel. Deployment Agility: With…