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

Webcast: Upgrading and migrating SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016

Please join us on February 3, at 10:00 am PST for a webinar on upgrading and migrating from SQL Server 2005 BI features to SQL Server 2014 and 2016 with guest speaker Paul Turley, SolidQ Mentor and MVP. The following is a post from Paul on why this is such an important topic. Register here… Read more

Driving Ground Breaking BI with APS

This blog post will detail how APS gives users the ability to: Leverage Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power Map at massive scale Iteratively query APS, adding BI on the fly Combine data seamlessly from PDW, HDI, and Azure using PolyBase The Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) is a powerful scale out data warehouse solution… Read more

Microsoft Updates Power BI for Office 365 Preview with New Natural Language Search, Mapping Capabilities

Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, including natural language search with Q&A and improved experiences in two preview add-ins for Excel with 3D mapping visualizations through Power Map and improved data search in Power Query. Introduced in July and currently in preview,… Read more

Self-Service BI with the Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel 2013: 5 Reasons to Get Started Right Away

Using a variety of data sources has been a daunting task for mere mortals.  Now, with the Data Explorer add-in for Excel, you don’t need to be a super hero to unlock data gems.  The Microsoft Data Explorer Preview for Excel is now available for download. Here are the Top 5 Reasons to investigate this… Read more

What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012?

PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote. Perhaps not surprisingly, the… Read more

The SQL Server Community Looks to Emerging Trends in BI and Database Technologies

At PASS Summit this year Ted Kummert outlined his views on accelerating insights in the new world of data.  He mentioned in his blog post, that this is an incredible time for the industry, and that data has emerged as the new currency of business. Given that it’s such an exciting time to be in… Read more

Watch to Win on November 28th! Enter the ‘Big Data Webcast’ Challenge

Mark your calendars for November 28th to get an inside track on how to make smarter business decisions. Join us for the new webcast “Driving Smarter Decisions with Microsoft Big Data”, presented by Mike Flasko, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft and IDG Enterprise.  Watch the webcast at on November 28th and you can earn… 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

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