Big Data in my little head

I recently attended internal training on Microsoft Big Data presented by our partner in this space Horton Works. It was a bit of a learning curve as the world of Big Data is a paradigm shift to the relational world, or so I thought. It turns out it isn’t that remarkably different. The Horton Works…

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Learn how Microsoft deployed SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW)

Microsoft IT Showcase is pleased to announce the publication of Deploying SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse at Microsoft, which discusses how Microsoft IT is deploying SQL Server 2008 PDW to support oversight of security events.  Look for the next piece in this series which discusses the PDW deployment on our Enterprise Data Warehouse…

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Getting Trained by the Father of Data Warehouse–Mr Bill Inmon

The last two weeks have been absolutely great, working on Data Warehousing (DW) offerings based on SQL Server. As you would have seen from my previous post we had Mark Thiessen out from Redmond. He spoke to many of our partners and customers about our DW offerings and also keynoted the DW 2.0 Summit. We…

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Busy with Data Warehousing

It has been a while since I updated my blog and this has been as a result of being busy with organising SQL Server Data Warehousing related events. First up we (Microsoft) are platinum sponsors for the DW & BI 2.0 Summit  (see below brochure for more info) at the Swissotel taking place next week…

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SQL Server 2008 Enterprise and DW Optimisations

One of the key areas for the SQL Server 2008 release is to be a scalable Data Warehousing platform. Many organisations have deployed it – with DW ranging from 1TB well into the 60-80TB. So what makes SQL Server 2008 Enterprise a better choice than SQL Server 2005 is due to the star join and…

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