Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System

This blog post was authored by: Murshed Zaman, AzureCAT PM and Sumin Mohanan, DS SDET With the advent of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (the MPP version of SQL Server) V2 AU1 (Appliance Update 1), PDW got a new name: the Analytics Platform System [Appliance] or APS. The name changed with the addition of Microsoft’s… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization”

We have reached the final week of the Fantastic 12 of 2012 contest. We’re looping back to “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization” with Julie Strauss, Senior Program Manager Lead with the SQL Server Analysis Services Group. Julie shares with us how the Diagram View made its way into PowerPivot. While this may seem like a… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Credible, Consistent Data

We’ve crossed the halfway point in The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series and would be delighted to get your feedback on the series as well as The Fantastic 12 of #SQL2012 Twitter Contest. Please share your feedback in the comments section below or send us messages on either Facebook or Twitter…. Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Managed Self-Service BI

We’re back with a new episode of The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes Blog Series, where we’re providing unique insights from the SQL Server Engineering Team as they developed SQL Server 2012. This week we are jumping ahead to Number 6 of The Fantastic 12 of SQL Server 2012 (PDF) and we’ll revisit… Read more

SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 are HERE!

Today we are excited to announce the release of SQL Server Code Name “Denali” Community Technology Preview 3 (CTP3). This CTP release represents a significant milestone for customers and partners looking to experience the extensive new value delivered in Denali. SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 brings a huge number of new capabilities for customers… Read more

Microsoft named a leader Enterprise Data Warehousing marketing

Forrester Research has named Microsoft a leader in The Forrester Wave report: Enterprise Data Warehousing Platforms, Q1 2009 (February 2009). Forrester noted that “Microsoft’s substantial presence in the DBMS, OLAP, portal, spreadsheet, collaboration, and browser markets provide a strong competitive advantage.” The report continued to say that “Microsoft will leverage these positions to deliver its… Read more

SQL Server 2008 Feature Pack Released

A collection of 26 free stand-alone tools, components and frameworks has been released. This collection is designed to enhance using and developing for SQL Server 2008 as well as other versions of SQL Server. The Feature Pack consists of the following: Microsoft ADOMD.NET ADOMD.NET is a Microsoft .NET Framework object model that enables software developers… Read more

SQL Server 2008 performs 1 trillion row query in seconds at BI Conference

The Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle is buzzing today as Microsoft kicks off its second annual Business Intelligence Conference. Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop took the stage to speak to more than 2,500 customers and partners about end-user empowerment, self-service BI, and people-ready BI, followed by Ted Kummert, corporate vice president… Read more

7 New SQL Server 2008 Technical Articles

The following are 7 new deep technical articles focused on SQL Server 2008: Best Practices for Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2008 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/cc719165(SQL.100).aspx There is considerable evidence that successful data warehousing projects often produce a very high return on investment. Over the years a great deal of information has been collected about the factors that… Read more