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…


PowerBI Update Preview Available Now

The PowerBI Update preview is now available at – 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…


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…


Gartner Recognizes Microsoft as a Leader, Positioned Furthest to the Right for Vision, in its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems

Gartner, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader for the second year in a row in the Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems (October 16, 2014), based on ability to execute and completeness of vision for Microsoft’s complete data platform, including SQL Server and Microsoft Azure. You can read the full report here compliments…


Azure Machine Learning Overview at Big Data Meetup

Update Thank you to the attendees who made it on the Tuesday night, it was great to meet you and get so much positive feedback about Azure ML. Please make sure you sign up for the FREE Developer account on I have had several requests for the deck, you can download it at the…


PowerBI – Gain Insights using familarity of Excel and power of the cloud with Office 365

Our session on Power BI from Teched Melbourne & Sydney is now available on Channel 9 – below is the link Thank you for those that attended the last session on the Monday evening. Really appreciate it. Thank you for the great questions and being a attentive audience. Now ensure you go to…


SQL Saturday in Sydney, October 25th

TechEd may not have much content for the data types this year but SQL Saturday has stepped in to fill the gap!  Join us in Sydney on October 25th at the University of Sydney to hear from experts such as Australian MVPs Grant Paisley, Julie Koesmarno and Victor Isakov on the SQL topics you can’t…


Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Download the free ebook on the HDInsight Windows Azure Service. This service lets you spin up a hadoop cluster in minutes.