The top 5 reasons to upgrade to SQL Server 2016

Upgrading your software can be daunting, we know. The fast pace of business makes it easy to tell yourself, “I’ll do it later when I have time.” We get it! But here are five key reasons to make time to upgrade to SQL Server 2016, which was named DBMS of the Year in 2016 by… 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

SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.2: Introducing end-to-end mobile BI

The SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 3.2 is now available for download! In SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.2, part of our new rapid preview model, we made enhancements to several features which you can try in your development and test environments. Additionally, a number of Mobile BI additions and enhancements will be available… Read more

Come hear CVP James Phillips speak about advances in Microsoft Business Intelligence

We are thrilled to have one of our PASS Summit Foundation Sessions presented by Corporate Vice President, James Phillips! He will share Microsoft Business Intelligence strategies, including an integrated view with Power BI, SSAS, and SSRS. James Phillips began his career writing software for the Apple II, TRS-80 and IBM PC platforms. In 1984, at… Read more

Business Intelligence: Beyond Dashboards and Charts

The term “business intelligence” (BI) tends to elicit visions of dashboards with red, yellow, and green indicators representing targets met (or not) or perhaps various types of charts and graphs. But the potential of BI can be much more interesting and significant in what it can help organizations accomplish. To illustrate this point, you can… Read more

New Year’s Resolution? Free BI and Big Data Training

Interested in growing your BI and Big Data skills in 2015? Maybe your new year’s resolution is all about learning something new or taking your analytics knowledge to the next level? See what BI and Big Data training courses were your peers’ favorites in 2014: Faster Insights to Data with Power BI Jumpstart From Data… Read more

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

ICYMI: Data platform momentum

The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings.   At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations for handling data of all shapes and sizes, and… Read more

Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights

At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data into action. Many companies, and many of our customers, are already… Read more

Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights

Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP on Facebook Who should watch? Join us tomorrow morning at… Read more