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

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

Announcing Spark for Azure HDInsight public preview

Lighting up interactive insights on big data By T. K. “Ranga” Rengarajan, corporate vice president, Data Platform Today, we’re announcing the public preview of Spark for Azure HDInsight and the upcoming general availability of Power BI on July 24th. These investments support our commitment to help more people maximize their data dividends with interactive visualizations… Read more

Power BI Preview and SQL Server Analysis Services

Yesterday we announced exciting news for Power BI – a cloud-based business analytics service (software-as-a-service) for non-technical business users.  The preview introduces a number of new Power BI capabilities including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. With just… 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

Relational Data Warehouse + Big Data Analytics: Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update 3

This blog post was authored by: Matt Usher, Senior PM on the Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) team Microsoft is happy to announce the release of the Analytics Platform System (APS) Appliance Update (AU) 3. APS is Microsoft’s big data in a box appliance for serving the needs of relational data warehouses at massive scale…. 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

Microsoft named a Leader in Agile Business Intelligence by Forrester

We are pleased to see Microsoft acknowledged by Forrester Research as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Agile Business Intelligence Platforms, Q3 2014.   We are happy to see what we believe to be an affirmation in our approach and in the strength of our technologies. Our placement in this report reflects both high scores from… Read more

Microsoft adds forecasting capabilities to Power BI for O365

The PASS Business Analytics Conference — the event where big data meets business analytics – kicked off today in San Jose. Microsoft Technical Fellow Amir Netz and Microsoft Partner Director Kamal Hathi delivered the opening keynote, where they highlighted our customer momentum, showcased business analytics capabilities including a new feature update to Power BI for… 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