Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge

Calling all data junkies! How smart are you?  Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher!  Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning of each 24… Read more

O’Reilly Strata: Busting Big Data Adoption Myths with Halo 4–Part 3

Structured or unstructured – what to store? How about all of it? I spoke at the O’Reilly Strata Conference last year and am back again this year to share thoughts about big data. It’s been a remarkable year for Microsoft’s data platform team. While we’ve had a long history in the data space, last year… 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

Do we have the tools we need to navigate the New World of Data?

Last October at the PASS Summit we began discussing our strategy and product roadmap for Big Data including embracing Hadoop as part of our data platform and providing insights to all users on any data. This week at the Strata Conference, we will talk about the progress we have been making with Hortonworks and the… Read more

Try Power View for a Chance to Win Prizes

Our friends in the Microsoft BI Team are kicking off a new contest today centered on Power View, and you will have the opportunity to participate and win prizes. Power View is the new interactive data exploration and visualization tool on SQL Server 2012. Starting today and continuing every Tuesday and Thursday until March 6,… Read more

Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and manage insights for any data, any size, anywhere…. Read more