O’Reilly Strata: Busting Big Data Adoption Myths with Halo 4–Part 3

Structured or unstructured – what to store? How about all of it? I spoke at the O’Reilly Strata Conference last year and am back again this year to share thoughts about big data. It’s been a remarkable year for Microsoft’s data platform team. While we’ve had a long history in the data space, last year… Read more

The Fantastic 12 of 2012: Behind the Scenes of Creating “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization”

We have reached the final week of the Fantastic 12 of 2012 contest. We’re looping back to “Rapid Data Exploration & Visualization” with Julie Strauss, Senior Program Manager Lead with the SQL Server Analysis Services Group. Julie shares with us how the Diagram View made its way into PowerPivot. While this may seem like a… 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

Recommended SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event Sessions for DBAs and IT Professionals

The SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event kicks off on March 7, 2012 starting at 8:00AM Pacific (-8:00 GMT) with keynotes from Microsoft Executives including: Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President, Business Platform Division and Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President, Database Systems Group. Following the keynotes, you’ll have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about… Read more

Availability of Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Hadoop based Service on Windows Azure

In October at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft announced expanded investments in “Big Data”, including a new Apache Hadoop™ based distribution for Windows Server and service for Windows Azure. In doing so, we extended Microsoft’s leadership in BI and Data Warehousing, enabling our customers to glean and manage insights for any data, any size, anywhere…. Read more

What’s new in PowerPivot for Excel with SQL Server Code Name "Denali" CTP3

In Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 we introduced PowerPivot: A self-service Business Intelligence experience that enables information workers to create their own self-service BI solutions and facilitating sharing and collaboration within the familiar environment of Excel and SharePoint. With the release of Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali” we bring the simplicity and power of the… Read more

Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us… Read more

Fourth Largest US Stock Exchange, Direct Edge, Looks to SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse for Big Data Needs

We’re pleased to share that Direct Edge, the United States’ fourth largest stock exchange, has chosen SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) to help manage the increasing volume of data acquired daily through its trading platforms. When the Direct Edge converted from an Electronic Communications Network (“ECN”) to a fully licensed stock exchange… Read more

Microsoft's Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans

Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President for the Business Platform Division, kicked off the start of Microsoft's Business Intelligence 2010 Conference today in New Orleans. During his keynote address, Ted discussed how Microsoft is listening to customers and working hard to help put better business intelligence in the hands of more decision makers at all levels… Read more