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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?

I'm so pleased to be presenting on file internals again at SQL Saturday Minneapolis 2014 . I have also moved the source for SQL File Layout Viewer into Codeplex, both for safekeeping and on the off chance a kind soul passionate about SQL Server wants...
Source: Merrill Aldrich (25/10/2014 00:44)
In just a couple of weeks (9-14 November 2014), we’ll be at our twice-yearly conference, SQLintersection. We’re really looking forward to it as our conference is different than many others… our sessions are hand-picked and combined ...
Source: Kimberly L. Tripp (23/10/2014 21:17)
SQL Server Analysis Services is a product that does not have its own product code, being sold as part of SQL Server. I think that also Microsoft does not know (and cannot know) the exact number of users. For this reason, it’s also more difficult to a...
Source: Marco Russo (23/10/2014 08:24)
Friends…the conference season is upon us (and could I have thought up a cheesier title for this post?!).   In less than two weeks the PASS Summit kicks off in Seattle and I am very much looking forward to a week of all things SQL Server. I will be in...
Source: Erin Stellato (22/10/2014 18:09)
Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies...
Source: SQL Server Blog (22/10/2014 18:00)
After writing SQLskills procs to analyze data skew and create filtered statistics, I received a couple of emails asking me to further explain the sentence “This is also true for multi-column, column statistics (where you need to use MORE than j...
Source: Kimberly L. Tripp (22/10/2014 00:48)
We are working to make Azure the best cloud platform for big data, including Apache Hadoop. To accomplish this, we deliver a comprehensive set of solutions such as our Hadoop-based solution Azure HDInsight and managed data services from partners, inc...
Source: SQL Server Blog (21/10/2014 18:00)
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2014 RTM CU4, which is Build 12.0.2430. This cumulative update has 54 hotfixes in the public fix list, which is a fairly large number. As usual, I think you should take a close look at the list of hotfixes, and then ...
Source: Glenn Berry (21/10/2014 15:14)
Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about a strange behavior of AutoExist in normalized data models. I always say that a star schema is the best practice in Power Pivot and Tabular data modeling. The issue described by Alberto is another goo...
Source: Marco Russo (21/10/2014 09:01)
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)

And on a different note

Scott Franzke shared OneNote with Joe Block and it has changed his life forever. Both are baseball broadcasters for major professional teams and benefit from saving stats, archiving stories and storing scorecards in their OneNote notebooks for instan...
Source: OneNote Blog (24/10/2014 18:00)
This post was written by Josh Rennert, Program Manager, Windows Ecosystem & Frameworks team Apache Cordova enables developers to build native applications by using the most common web programming languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Tapping into...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (23/10/2014 23:43)
This week we released updated app certification policies on Dev Center for Windows Phone apps and Windows Store apps and accompanying updates to the Application Developer Agreement.  This update adjusts the policies to make them more clear and easier...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (23/10/2014 22:36)
Technology is the great enabler of creativity and productivity. So when you encounter technology that inhibits your ability to collaborate, you have to wonder what went wrong. To choose the right technology for collaborating on Office documents on th...
Source: Office 365 technology (23/10/2014 19:00)
Promoting your apps through ads is one of the most effective ways to drive discoverability and downloads. Since April, Windows Phone developers have been able to purchase ads to promote their apps directly through pubCenter; these ads appear in apps ...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (21/10/2014 23:40)
Hi everyone, I’m Gabe. As Joe mentioned last week, I lead the Data & Fundamentals Team here in the Operating Systems Group (OSG). My team is responsible for a number of things, but the one I’m most excited about right now is that we’re helping to...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (21/10/2014 20:30)
We are proud to announce that Microsoft has teamed up with CNN to help people learn and get more involved this election season, on the run-up to the 2016 Presidential race. Through this partnership with Microsoft, CNN has launched a significantly upg...
Source: Exploring IE (21/10/2014 18:08)
Toshiba has announced a new 11.6-inch 2-in-1 PC: the Satellite Radius 11. The Satellite Radius 11 has a two-axis “flip-and-fold” hinge that rotates 360-degrees, allowing the device to easily convert from laptop to tablet simply by pushing back its to...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (21/10/2014 17:12)
Do you love music as much as I do (which is a lot)? Then you’re going to want to grab the Microsoft Music Deals app. Every Tuesday, 101 top albums can be yours for under $2 each with the Microsoft Music Deals app. You’ll also be able to enjoy new, de...
Source: Windows Experience Blog (21/10/2014 17:04)
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)
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