Microsoft is on the Move — to Charlotte!

PASS Summit is just right around the corner and we are very excited to share all of our hard work with you!  Microsoft is sending over 140 people to Charlotte, NC to share our excitement about SQL Server & BI and spend time with our enthusiastic community. This year the conference is in Charlotte, October… 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

PASS Summit 2012 Recap & the Milestones of SQL Server 2012

Last week marked the completion of a great week at PASS Summit 2012, the world’s largest technical training conference for SQL Server professionals and BI experts alike. During this year’s 3-day conference, nearly 4,000 attendees heard firsthand about the great advances being made toward managing big data. Over the course of two keynote speeches by… Read more

Seamless insights on structured and unstructured data with SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse

In the fast evolving new world of Big Data, you are being asked to answer a new set of questions that require immediate responses on data that has changed in volume, variety, complexity and velocity. A modern data platform must be able to answer these new questions without costing IT millions of dollars to deploy… Read more

Breakthrough performance with in-memory technologies

In a blog post earlier this year on “The coming database in-memory tipping point”, I mentioned that Microsoft was working on several in-memory database technologies. At the SQL PASS conference this week, Microsoft unveiled a new in-memory database capability, code named “Hekaton1”, which is slated to be released with the next major version of SQL… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Meet the Superheroes of SQL Server at the ‘I Made That’ Chalk Talks

PASS Summit 2012 has arrived in Seattle and our #SQLFamily reunion is under way! In this final post of our Countdown to PASS Summit Series, we invite you to meet and greet the developers who worked on SQL Server 2012, for a personal, behind-the-scenes look at SQL Server 2012 in the making! *     *     * … Read more

Special Data Barrier Agency (DBA) Agent Arkitektor Presents Mission: PASS Summit 2012

From xVelocity in-memory analytics and X-ray vision, to the ability to take on 1 million commands per second, I am Arkitektor, special agent of the Data Barrier Agency. In alliance with Microsoft SQL Server, the Data Barrier Agency’s goal is to fuse the top qualities of the world’s top DBA rock stars – top notch… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: The ’Don’t Miss This’ Guide to Summit 2012

With just a few days until the official start of PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle from November 6-9, 2012, the SQL Server team is hustling and bustling to put the finishing touches on the many activities that we are offering at the world’s largest and most intensive technical training conference for Microsoft SQL Server and… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: Make it Happen at The Summit

It’s closer and closer we get to the official start of PASS Summit 2012, and our celebratory countdown continues! Today, we have more advice for you on what you need to get out of PASS Summit from SQL Server community members Rob Farley and John Sansom.  FEATURED MVP ROB FARLEY Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions, a… Read more

Countdown to PASS Summit Series: A Network of Experience & More to Bring Home

We can feel the excitement building as the Summit approaches! Here today, to help us with the final countdown and to get you ready for the rewarding week ahead are two of our SQL Server MVPs, Chris Shaw and Steve Novoselac, to share some wise words on what you can expect to get out of… Read more