Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2016

Can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. I think it maybe something to do with being in the cloud – at least it helped in keeping a check on our age. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you this year to demonstrate the possibilities with your data and Cortana Analytics Suite….

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SQL Server 2016 – What's exciting?

Having completed a week of training on SQL Server 2016, PowerBI, Cortana Analytics at HQ and spending time with the product team, I am super excited of what Microsoft's data platform is going to enable your business to achieve by unleashing the power of analytics on your data. Don't take my word for it, see what some…

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Sydney R user group Meet up: R at Microsoft (with David Smith, formerly Revolution Analytics)

Hear David Smith speak R in The Rocks on June 25th.  Arrive from 5:30pm for for a 6pm talk. There will also be pizza & drinks sponsored by:  Hortonworks & Microsoft. Microsoft recognizes that customers need powerful analytical models to make data-driven decisions, and to be enable data science and analytics practices within organizations. That’s…

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PowerBI Preview now available outside of the US

Use your work email address to sign up for free access to the PowerB (www.powerbi.com) preview. The new and improved Power BI is a cloud-based (software-as-a-service) business analytics service for non-technical business users. With just a browser or a Power BI mobile app, customers can visualize and analyze their data with easy-to-use, accessible tools and…

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Migration cookbook now available for the latest Azure SQL Database Update (V12)

The cookbook describes various approaches you can use to migrate an on-premises SQL Server database to the latest Azure SQL Database Update (V12). The cookbook can be viewed and downloaded here. This latest Azure SQL Database Update (V12) brings near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, even more Premium performance and marks the first step in delivering…

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Start planning your upgrade to SQL Server 2014 – SQL Server 2005 is approaching end of its support…

SQL Server 2005 is approaching the end of its support on April 12, 2016. With end of support, security updates and hotfixes are no longer available from Microsoft. So there’s never been a better time to upgrade and benefit from the dramatic performance gains, higher availability  and scalability and rich BI capabilities  SQL Server 2014 has…

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2015

Thank you for the great in-memories this year with SQL Server 2014 and Powerful insights. It got a little unstructured but it was good to know Polybase was there to make it easy. With Ozure coming online everyone can relax this holiday season knowing your data is safe in Australia.   Thank you for your…

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PowerBI Update Preview Available Now

The PowerBI Update preview is now available at – http://powerbi.com/dashboards/tour. You can experience the new self-service BI solution. The preview is available for customers with a US address. New country support will be coming in months. Existing customers will find a preview option in their current Power BI sites. For those not currently using Power…

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SQL Server 2014 Upgrade Technical Guide now Available

To attain a smooth and trouble-free upgrade to SQL Server 2014, you must plan for the upgrade and address the complexities of your application.This document takes you through the essential technical details for planning and testing an upgrade of existing SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012 instances to SQL Server 2014. You will…

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