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Big data is the marketing term du jour, but what is it really? As a broad umbrella term, it can be misleading, and many so-called “big data problems” are what I would call many data problems. In this session, I will take you through big d...
posted on 09/04/2014 14:52
Since SQL Server In-Memory OLTP was unveiled last November, there has been a lot of conversation and buzz about it. The new SQL Server 2014 introduces memory-optimized database technology for optimizing the performance of OLTP workloads. In particula...
posted on 03/04/2014 18:36
SSAS Tabular Workshop by SQLBI is the training course to jumpstart the modeling of BI solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 using the new Tabular Modeling.Alberto Ferrari  will present the successful SSAS Tabular Workshop, n...
posted on 11/03/2014 08:53
One of the most important tasks of every DBA is developing a good backup strategy. You’ve probably written your own scripts or used the maintenance solution of Ola Hallengren. But where do you store your backups? On your SAN … or on tape...
posted on 21/01/2014 13:14
Unlike most vendors who opt to provide their high-end appliances for a high price or provide a relational data warehouse appliance that is disconnected from their “Big Data” and/or BI offerings, Microsoft SQL Server Parallel Data Warehous...
posted on 05/09/2013 15:18

What's Going on in the community?

Only 2 weeks left until PASS Summit and believe it or not, it will be my first time at PASS Summit. I was rewarded last year as an MVP for the first time and the MVP Summit is just prior to the PASS Summit event. This is an ideal combination and make...
Source: Pieter Vanhove (20/10/2014 08:39)
I recently had the opportunity to work on a new Dell PowerEdge R720 system that has two, 2TB Intel DC P3700 PCIe Flash Storage Cards installed. This particular card is the largest capacity model of the high-end P3700 series (Intel has lower-end P3600...
Source: Glenn Berry (17/10/2014 18:42)
Author: Shaun ConnollyVP Corporate Strategy - Hortonworks Data growth threatens to overwhelm existing systems and bring those systems to their knees. That’s one of the big reasons we’ve been working with Microsoft to enable a Modern Data ...
Source: SQL Server Blog (17/10/2014 18:00)
So I hear that in Windows 10 they’re making improvements to the DOS window. You’ll be able to resize it now. And use Shift plus the arrow keys to select text. That’s great. Stunning in fact. Now here’s some more things they might want to have a go at...
Source: Jamie Thomson (SSIS Junkie) (17/10/2014 16:25)
Yesterday at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters on Azure HDInsight.  This post will give you the ins and outs of Storm. What is Storm? Apache Storm is a distributed, fault-tolerant, open source real-t...
Source: SQL Server Blog (16/10/2014 18:00)
One thing I still run into quite often are SQL Server 2005 and newer databases that have their Page Verify database option set to TORN_PAGE or NONE. The most common reason for this is that an older database that was originally created in SQL Server 2...
Source: Glenn Berry (16/10/2014 17:15)
It can be a tricky to introduce yourself to people at conferences when you read their blogs and watch their presentations and videos. You feel like you know them, but they don’t know you yet. What the heck do you … Continue reading →...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (16/10/2014 15:45)
I’ve been doing a lot of work lately using Azure Automation to run (what are essentially) Powershell scripts against Azure. Recently the ability for those scripts authenticate against your Azure subscription using a username and password was provided...
Source: Jamie Thomson (SSIS Junkie) (16/10/2014 15:09)
Today a customer asked me to disable a daily load on their test database. I disabled the job but my problem was that I couldn’t enable the job again because I’m only once a week at that customer… I found this little trick that I want to s...
Source: Pieter Vanhove (16/10/2014 14:52)
This morning at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the preview of Apache Storm clusters inside HDInsight as well as new machine learning capabilities in the Azure Marketplace. Apache Storm is an open source project in the Hadoop ecosystem whi...
Source: SQL Server Blog (15/10/2014 18:00)

And on a different note

Today, E FUN is announcing a new 10.1-inch Windows tablet as part of their Nextbook line that comes with a detachable POGO keyboard for an amazing 2-in-1 experience. This new Nextbook Windows 2-in-1 tablet will be available for $179 in mid-November a...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (20/10/2014 19:34)
We’re thrilled to share new features in Office Mix that make it easier to create, share, and find online interactive lessons and presentations. Haven’t tried it yet? Then go to OfficeMix.com to check it out! The post Office Mix makes it easier appear...
Source: Office 365 technology (20/10/2014 18:00)
As a casual Halo gamer, I have a lot of fun and don’t care that I am absolutely awful at it. I love playing Halo 4 on my Xbox 360 with my best friend and really look forward to the Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One. And of course Hal...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (16/10/2014 18:52)
Reflecting back to her college years, guest author Jenny Hansen wishes she had OneNote “back in the day” to take better notes, keep them neatly organized and ultimately give her more time to have fun. See which features she uses today that she wishes...
Source: OneNote Blog (16/10/2014 18:00)
Getting organized. Some people are naturally great at this, some people drag their feet and kick their heels. But there is no doubt that organization can yield results—at home, at work or at school. Today we are announcing the Office 365 app launcher...
Source: Office 365 technology (16/10/2014 18:00)
This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our unified enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. The post Introducing Microsoft Ignite appeared first on Office Blogs.
Source: Outlook Blog (16/10/2014 17:05)
Since launching 14 months ago the response to Windows App Studio Beta has been nothing short of incredible. From small business owners to skilled developers learning the basics of our platform, our more than two million users have created just under ...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (16/10/2014 00:38)
Ten million spam messages blocked every minute. That’s the average number of spam messages that are blocked by Microsoft every minute. However, every day attackers around the world find new techniques to attack your email. The threats take different ...
Source: Outlook Blog (15/10/2014 18:00)
Skype Qik is a new video messaging app that runs alongside Skype on your device and gives you a fun and easy way to capture and share quick moments and thoughts with friends and family. While I regularly have Skype calls with my dad (who lives in a d...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (14/10/2014 21:41)
We offer you lots of options and settings so you can manage Outlook Web App (OWA) the way you want to. But what good are all of these controls if it takes too much time to find them? The OWA engineering team is always looking for ways to make feature...
Source: Outlook Blog (14/10/2014 18:00)
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