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With the new release of SQL 2016 coming closer by Sammy Deprez will be bringing a session on some of the new security features that will be implemented.Always Encrypted – protecting your data all theRow Level Security – let users only see...
posted on 11/05/2016 12:13
Are you a SQL Server DBA or developer and you have encountered performance related problems with SQL Server?Yesterday our SQL Server was running very smoothly, but today’s performance is very bad and you have no idea what the problem is nor how...
posted on 09/03/2016 20:05
On March 24th, the one and only Paul Randal will be bring us a realtime video session on how to troubleshoot performance using wait statistics.One of the first things you should check when investigating performance issues are wait statistics - a...
posted on 12/02/2016 12:40
Join Frederik Bogaerts and Stijn Wynants at Cronos for a talk about Clustered Columnstore Indexes and In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016.  Fun guaranteed because they will be combining both technologies and even demo it for you!About the speakers...
posted on 12/02/2016 09:53
Microsoft states that Power BI is “a cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyze data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding”Does this mean Power BI Desktop can also be used for more than...
posted on 11/11/2015 13:08

What's Going on in the community?

We are pleased to announce the full release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for SQL Server. The updated driver provides robust data access to Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL Database for C/C++ based applications. What’s new Always Encr...
Source: SQL Server Blog (27/07/2016 21:00)
Be honest, here You don’t care about most indexing problems. Duplicates, Borderline Duplicates, Unused, Wide, Non-aligned Partitions… All you’re here for are the Missing Indexes. Wham, bam, your query finishes in less than a second,...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (27/07/2016 15:30)
Friends, in this year of the Ghostbusters revival, I would like to talk about some paranormal phenomena: floating point value migration. The problem statement here is simple: We have a large collection of numbers in one system We copy those numbers t...
Source: Merrill Aldrich (27/07/2016 00:41)
For the most recent 24 Hours of PASS, the topic was Evolution of the Data Platform and I was honored to present A Gentle Introduction to Data Analytics in SQL Server 2016. (The recording is available here.) The gist of my presentation was to describe...
Source: Stacia Misner (26/07/2016 22:38)
We’ve already covered how to log activity using sp_WhoIsActive, but I wanted to share how I’ve seen it done in the wild. The difference between the two methods is that this version logs everything to the same table and is … Continue...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (26/07/2016 15:45)
If you are used to virtual relationships in DAX (see Handling Different Granularities in DAX), you probably use the following pattern relatively often: [Filtered Measure] := CALCULATE (     <target_measure>,  &...
Source: Marco Russo (26/07/2016 09:47)
It’s this easy to get a cumulative recap of wait stats, file stats, and Perfmon counters: In the above example, here’s what the wait stats columns mean: Sample Ended – when it ran Hours Sample – the number of hours your …...
Source: Brent Ozar Unlimited (25/07/2016 15:15)
Today Power BI… the application as a service available at PowerBI.com … is a year old and the Power BI community is celebrating with a very special video produced by Adam Saxton and Paul Turley. I’d like to contribute to the bestowment of birthday wi...
Source: Stacia Misner (24/07/2016 20:26)
Power BI has been on the market one year. My biggest concern, when the product was still in private beta, was the promise of monthly releases made by Microsoft. Today, I can say that the promise was real. I see a long road ahead, in terms of features...
Source: Marco Russo (24/07/2016 16:13)
It’s hard to believe that it’s only a year, given how far Power BI has come. Many of us in the community got together under the lead of Paul Turley and Adam Saxton and created a short video for Power BI’s birthday. Looks good:   https://y...
Source: Greg Low (24/07/2016 15:07)

And on a different note

Another busy month, with enhancements to Office on devices, accessibility improvements, new Office 365 training, new deployment opportunities, security and compliance improvements and a new OneNote Class Notebook API. See what else is new. The post W...
Source: Office 365 technology (01/03/2017 18:00)
Today’s Office 2016 release for Office 365 introduced a new model for managing and deploying regular updates. Here’s what admins for small to midsized businesses need to know now that Office 2016 has been released. The post Small and midsized busines...
Source: Office 365 technology (22/09/2016 23:00)
Join us for the next episode of Modern Workplace, “From Demo to Action: Tips from everyday users,” to see the best user tips from season two. Also, learn how innovations in Office 365 and Office 2016 are helping organizations stay secure, communicate...
Source: Outlook Blog (27/07/2016 18:00)
“The beauty of our move to the cloud from a competitive perspective is that we’ve outsourced a considerable amount of development to Microsoft. We focus on staffing, and Microsoft provides us with great productivity software to support our efforts. A...
Source: Outlook Blog (27/07/2016 18:00)
Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of identity and information protection capabilities for customers. However, the breadth of capabilities can be daunting. We get a lot of requests for help determining which features to implement and where...
Source: Outlook Blog (27/07/2016 17:59)
Outlook is expanding the availability of two new experiences to do just that—Focused Inbox and @mentions. These new experiences add to several recently released features, all aimed at helping you take control of your mailbox. —Read on for details. Th...
Source: Outlook Blog (26/07/2016 15:00)
This month, we are releasing a new set of cloud-powered intelligent services in Office apps designed to save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in Word, deliver dynamic presentations in PowerPoint and pr...
Source: Outlook Blog (26/07/2016 15:00)
You’ve just boarded your airplane flight, found a free spot in the overhead to store your carry-on and settle in for the journey by pulling out your Windows 10 device to check for status updates on your various social networks. Suddenly, you ar...
Source: Windows App Builder Blog (25/07/2016 23:00)
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