Video: To the future of analytics with SQL Server, BI and Cortana Analytics Suite

How cool is data analytics? Super cool! If you think that description sounds like hype, you should watch the video of Jason Wilcox’s Foundational session at PASS as he presents fascinating examples that demonstrate how Microsoft’s data platform and Azure Machine Learning is making "The Future of Analytics" real today. Wilcox discusses how advanced analytics… Read more

Watch the PASS Keynote Video: “Accelerating Your Business with a Modern Data Strategy”

The annual PASS Summit provides an opportunity for the SQL Server community to meet, share expertise, and gain firsthand insights into advances in the Microsoft data platform technology directly from Microsoft executives. The fall 2015 PASS Summit gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the upcoming release of SQL Server 2016 when Joseph Sirosh, corporate… Read more

Are you encouraging data professionals to move from doing repairs to being innovators?

If you’re a business or IT decision-maker, when you send IT staff to a technical conference you’re probably thinking about the value of having well-trained technologists to make sure your infrastructure keeps running smoothly. But an interesting point came to light during a recent conversation with some database experts who were preparing to speak at… Read more

Foundation Session with Corporate VP Joseph Sirosh on October 28 at PASS Summit

New this year to PASS Summit are the ‘Foundation Sessions’ from Microsoft leaders! These will all occur on October 28th. The purpose of this to dive deeper into new and leading technologies that you want to know. From 1:30pm-2:45pm, one of the featured speakers is Corporate Vice President of the Information Management and Machine Learning group,… Read more

#SQLHaikusweeps – We have a winner!

Thank you for participating in our Twitter sweepstakes. As always, the creativity of our community never fails to amaze.  Congratulations to @dragonfurther for the winning haiku.   Notable mentions include entries from @John_Deardurff and @sdevanny       We look forward to seeing everyone at PASS Summit 2014.  Can’t make it in person?  Don’t miss… Read more

2014 PASS Summit Haiku Contest Rules

Contest time! Need a pass to PASS Summit? Tell us why with 140 characters in the form of a HAIKU. Contest starts Friday October 3, 2014. Read the official rules below.   COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES: These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft “Why I should win a pass to… 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

PASS Summit 2014: Inside the World’s Largest Gathering of SQL Server and BI Professionals

PASS VP of Marketing Denise McInerney – a SQL Server MVP and Data Engineer at Intuit – began her career as a SQL Server DBA in 1998 and attended her first PASS Summit in 2002. The SQL Server Team caught up with her ahead of this year’s event, returning to Seattle, WA, Nov. 4-7, to see… Read more

Cloud Data Warehousing – The Fastest Time To Value

In the past, deploying a data warehouse has been a costly affair.  IT departments required expertise to procure and build state-of-the-art hardware servers (that are optimally balanced from a CPU, storage and I/O perspective) as well as install software that is tuned for optimal performance.  Prior to even loading data into the system, you could… Read more

SQL Server 2014: Pushing the Boundaries of In-Memory Performance

This morning, during my keynote at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2013, I discussed how customers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for businesses today using the advanced technologies in our data platform. It was my pleasure to announce the second Community Technology Preview (CTP2) of SQL Server 2014 which features… Read more