SQL Server 2016: Broader access, better reporting, faster analytics

We want to make it easier for businesses to use their data. Otherwise, what’s the point? In SQL Server 2016 you’ll find a virtual tool chest full of features, all with one primary goal: unlocking your data and helping you create new ways of analyzing, visualizing and sharing it. Building data-rich biz apps The advent… Read more

Powering mission-critical performance with SQL Server 2016

Data has become the lifeblood of the enterprise. It’s the foundation for keen insight and effective decisions that lead to business growth. One of our primary design goals for SQL Server 2016 was to provide the performance, security, availability and business intelligence that are critical to helping companies manage their data and identify new opportunities…. Read more

Get a head start on SQL Server 2016 with this how-to guide

For the past several months we’ve been talking about the advances in SQL Server 2016. Now, at last, the wait is over. SQL Server 2016 is now generally available and brings with it a feature set designed for the modern-day enterprise, in which data can be located in a variety of locations, both on-premises and… Read more

Security and flexibility with SQL Server 2016’s hybrid cloud solutions

The cloud is now a fact of business life, and adoption is growing fast. Findings from a 2016 survey by RightScale found 95 percent of respondents are now using the cloud. Perhaps more noteworthy is the increase in hybrid cloud adoption from 58 percent to 71 percent year-over-year. The fact that the cloud has become… Read more

Decisions @ the speed of thought with SQL Server 2016

In his 1999 book, “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Bill Gates predicted the future “will be about velocity. About how quickly business itself will be transacted. About how information access will alter the lifestyle of consumers and their expectations of business…. When the increase in velocity is great enough, the very nature of business… Read more

Your invitation to be among the first to hear from SQL Server 2016 engineers

If there’s one phrase that characterizes the SQL Server technical community, it’s passion for learning and sharing data platform knowledge. Here’s your invitation to do just that by attending Data Driven, a live virtual event introducing SQL Server 2016. You’ll hear directly from Microsoft executives and engineering stars about SQL Server 2016 – the biggest… Read more

Keeping up with the data needs of the business with SQL Server 2016

Leaders are embracing the need to partner with IT to help them gain actionable insights from data. Attesting to this, The Economist recently published a study, “Big data evolution: Forging new corporate capabilities for the long term,” which found that companies “that have a well-defined data strategy are much more likely to say that they… Read more

Video: To the future of analytics with SQL Server, BI and Cortana Analytics Suite

How cool is data analytics? Super cool! If you think that description sounds like hype, you should watch the video of Jason Wilcox’s Foundational session at PASS as he presents fascinating examples that demonstrate how Microsoft’s data platform and Azure Machine Learning is making "The Future of Analytics" real today. Wilcox discusses how advanced analytics… Read more

Microsoft Business Intelligence PASS keynote: Five minutes to sign up; five minutes to WOW!

See how you can get real-time interactive visualizations of customer data, as Microsoft Corporate Vice President James Phillips demonstrates exciting new capabilities available with Power BI and Microsoft’s powerful data platform, including SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Datazen, and Azure SQL Database. In this video of Phillips’ PASS… Read more

Data security, SQL Server 2016, and your business

Security is unquestionably a major priority for Microsoft. A recent news story reported that the company “is spending $1 billion a year to make Microsoft products more secure.” The Microsoft data platform, including SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, is at the top of the list of products investing in security. But, be aware that… Read more