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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?

  A common refrain we hear when presenting at technical conferences and training events is “How can I get promoted into IT management?” We hear this so often that we’ve worked out a sort of mental flowchart for the subsequent dialog. (We are IT ...
Source: Kevin Kline (19/12/2014 18:27)
It’s hiring time again, as our consulting volume has reached the point where we need more help on our close-knit, expert team! Specifically, we’ve asked well-known SQL expert and MVP Tim Radney to join us and we’re extremely pleased...
Source: Paul S. Randal (19/12/2014 16:59)
I revised a number of the queries this month in all five versions of the script.  Here are the current query counts for each version: SQL Server 2014         72 Queries SQL Server 2012   ...
Source: Glenn Berry (19/12/2014 01:00)
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2014 RTM Cumulative Update 5, which is Build 12.0.2456. This cumulative update has 47 fixes in the Public hotfix list. This handy Microsoft KB article “SQL Server 2014 build versions”, lists all of the cumulative upd...
Source: Glenn Berry (18/12/2014 23:26)
I’ve liked the Telerik tools for a long time. I see many of my clients using either their controls for Webforms, and many using KendoUI for newer MVC development. I suppose it’s a challenge for such vendors to work out how to best market their produc...
Source: Greg Low (18/12/2014 22:18)
I’ve liked the Telerik tools for a long time. I see many of my clients using either their controls for Webforms, and many using KendoUI for newer MVC development. I suppose it’s a challenge for such vendors to work out how to best market their produc...
Source: Greg Low (18/12/2014 22:18)
With this blog post, I will try save a few hours of your life! I’ve recently setup a simple 2 node failover cluster that will be used for AlwaysOn Availability Group. After the installation, I suggested the customer to perform failover testing,...
Source: Pieter Vanhove (18/12/2014 20:17)
Microsoft released a new version of Power BI in preview mode, including many new visualizations that are immediately available to all existing subscribers also in production, such as the long waited treemap, combo charts (combining line chart and col...
Source: Marco Russo (18/12/2014 17:22)
Microsoft released a new version of Power BI in preview mode, including many new visualizations that are immediately available to all existing subscribers also in production, such as the long waited treemap, combo charts (combining line chart and col...
Source: Marco Russo (18/12/2014 17:22)
I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning again this year to the UK's premier SQL Server conference, SQLbits. This year's show is in London, and has a Superheros theme; it should be a great time. On Wednesday March 4th, I'll be delivering "Better ...
Source: Adam Machanic's Blog (18/12/2014 16:03)

And on a different note

Every year, children from the age of two to ninety-two put pen, pencil or crayon to paper and write their holiday wish list. More than 13,000 of these wish lists find their way to Santa Claus, Indiana every year where a group of Santa’s Elves—local v...
Source: OneNote Blog (19/12/2014 18:00)
Do you have a Lumia 822 or Lumia 928 on Verizon? Verizon has announced today they are rolling out upgrades for the Lumia 822 and Lumia 928 to Windows Phone 8.1 – the update also known as the Lumia Denim update. These upgrades will make these Windows ...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (19/12/2014 17:36)
The Windows Store continues to grow, with stockings full of new titles every day. And new and old favorites alike continue to get better-and-better, too. Here’s a sampling of some of the latest big app and game updates: Blackberry Messenger (BBM) One...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (19/12/2014 17:01)
It is estimated that 93% of people who live in fast-growth emerging markets around the world do not have a credit card (Source: Measuring Financial Inclusion, The Global Findex Database), making it difficult or impossible to purchase apps from most g...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (18/12/2014 19:10)
With the release of Windows Phone 8.1 last year, we introduced the concept of universal Windows apps. Windows 10 will build on our commitment to provide a common Windows platform with one API layer (WinRT) and consistent UX design surfaces. For devel...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (17/12/2014 22:50)
Hi everyone, Before heading off for the holidays I wanted to give a little bit of an update on how things are shaping up for Windows 10, especially since we don’t have a build for you this month. I know that some of you are disappointed that we didn’...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (17/12/2014 19:04)
On this week’s show we invite back Asaf Kashi, a lead engineer on the information protection team. We introduce the information protection updates coming to Office 365 and demonstrate the upcoming Data Loss Prevention capabilities in SharePoint...
Source: Office 365 technology (17/12/2014 17:14)
Windows App Studio Beta today released its most impactful update since the move to universal Windows apps last April. Many of you have already tried TouchDevelop, a powerful, touch-friendly programming language that includes a physics engine, a UI fr...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (17/12/2014 17:09)
We’re pleased to announce that OneDrive for Business and SharePoint will be the first file sharing platforms to integrate with Salesforce Files Connect. The post Salesforce to integrate with OneDrive for Business and SharePoint in new universal file ...
Source: SharePoint Blog (17/12/2014 15:00)
This week, Windows Dev Center is releasing enhancements to two reports for Windows Store: Downloads and In-app purchase. We know having data as soon as possible is important to make decisions about your apps, so in this release, the Dev Center Downlo...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (17/12/2014 04:03)
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