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  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Azure Training Kit Now Includes 41 Hand-on Labs

    Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure. In this release of the training kit we have delivered 41 Hands on Labs covering a wide variety of bug fixes and screen shot updates for Visual Studio 2012. The August 2012 update...
  • Blog Post: Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

    TechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America...
  • Blog Post: Earn Silver Data Platform, BI Competencies Using SQL Server 2012 MPR Tests

    There are two Microsoft Platform Ready tests for organizations building applications on SQL Server. Successful completion also provide one of the key steps toward a Silver Competency on Microsoft Platform Network. The tests are: The Microsoft Platform Ready SQL Server Test – This test will...
  • Blog Post: Move Existing Apps to Windows Azure Using New Features Announced

    Windows Azure you choice and flexibility to move existing applications or develop new ones using the language and platform of their choice with announcements made today. This means you can bring your server applications and run them on Windows Azure. ASP.NET, Java, and more. Without you having to make...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Update for Developers – 2 Day Technical Workshop

    You are invited to attend a two-day workshop for developers, database administrators, and technical decision makers on SQL Server 2012 . The training will help you understand how to build enterprise grade solutions which exploit key improvements in SQL Server 2012. Participation in this training course...
  • Blog Post: New Wiki Provides SQL 2012 Early Adoption Cook Book

    A new Wiki serves as a launching point for the many offerings for developers and IT Pros to discover and learn the new features of SQL Server 2012. Rather than announcing new bits of content on various blogs, we will simply update the SQL Server 2012 Early Adoption Cookbook wiki so there is one place...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit Now Available

    The SQL Server 2012 Developer Training Kit is now available for download free of charge. The kit includes technical content designed to help you learn how to develop SQL Server 2012 database and BI solutions. New and updated content will be released periodically and can be downloaded on-demand using...
  • Blog Post: New Community Previews for BI, Connecting SQL to the Cloud

    Two new Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for SQL Azure have been announced at PASS Summit 2011 that are aimed at enhancing BI capabilities and connecting data in the cloud and on-premises. SQL Azure Reporting enables developers to use familiar tools to create and deploy operational reports...
  • Blog Post: ‘Big Data’ Hadoop Coming to BI on SQL Server, Windows Server, Windows Azure

    In his keynote at PASS 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced new investments to help customers manage “big data,” including an Apache Hadoop -based distribution for Windows Server and Windows Azure and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks Inc. and Hadoop Connectors...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server ‘Denali’ Becomes SQL Server 2012

    Kicking off PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announced the upcoming SQL Server 2012 , formerly code-named “Denali.” SQL Server 2012 delivers a powerful new set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid IT across traditional...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server, BI Highlights at PASS Summit

    PASS Summit is the world's largest, most-focused, and most-intensive conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals. the PASS Summit is October 11-14 in Seattle, WA. Organized by and for SQL Server and BI users, PASS Summit delivers the highest number of technical sessions, the largest number...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Data Warehouse Adds Connection to BI Tools for Informatica, SAP Business Objects

    Microsoft made several important announcements related to our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) offerings last week. Microsoft announced the release of Appliance Update 2 for PDW with new features and connectors to third party BI tools that enable customers to use PDW seamlessly in heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server ‘Denali’ CTP 3 Download Includes ‘Crescent’ Self-Service BI Capabilities

    Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, announced the availability of a community technology preview of the new Microsoft SQL Server, currently SQL Server codename “Denali”. The announcement was made at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 (WPC) and...
  • Blog Post: Community Preview Announced for SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack, Feature Pack

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Customer Technology Preview (CTP) is now available for download. SQL Server 2008 R2 service packs are cumulative updates and upgrade all service levels of SQL Server 2008 R2 to SP1 CTP. Get the updates from: Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Service...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Kit Adds WP7 Authentication, Traffic Manager, SQL Azure Reporting

    The April Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content to help you learn how to use Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric. You can download the kit from Windows Azure Platform Training Kit - April Update . April Update ...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: BI Analytics Solution Links On-Premises To Azure

    The Star Command Center is used by enterprises across major industries to manage and automate disparate reporting, planning, and analysis environments with applications, data warehouses and business intelligence tools from multiple vendors. By orchestrating interoperability between on-premise and...
  • Blog Post: First Sessions for MIX11 Announced

    The first set of sessions for MIX11 have been announced. Another hundred are in the works. MIX is a gathering of developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating the most innovative and profitable consumer sites on the web. Sessions range from technical, code-based topics to expert...
  • Blog Post: Build Your First Business Intelligence (BI) Solution with Update Developer Kit for SQL Server 2008 R2

    The SQL Server 2008 R2 developer training kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 improvements from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations, demos, hands-on labs and videos that...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Roadmap Includes Virtual Machine Role, SQL Azure Reporting, Windows Azure Marketplace, and More

    At the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Microsoft is announcing a host of new enhancements and services that make it easier to move to platform as a service, to enhance current applications and workloads, and to transform applications to take full advantage of the underlying platform. These...
  • Blog Post: New Management, Scalability Features Offered in SQL Server 2008 R2

    Redmond Developer magazine describes key features for developers with SQL Server 2008 R2 in SQL Server 2008 R2 for the Developer . Don Kiely explains that the R2 release leaves the core engine untouched from the previous version. He then describes the new SQL Server editions with the R2 release: Datacenter...
  • Blog Post: White Paper Explores Identity Concepts for BI, Reporting in SharePoint 2010

    A new white paper helps you understand the concepts of identity in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products, how Kerberos authentication plays a very important role in authentication and delegation scenarios, and the situations where Kerberos authentication should be used or may be required in solution designs...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 2 CTP Available from Download

    You can now download the community preview of Service Pack 2 for SQL Server 2008 . SQL Server 2008 SP2 CTP contains the cumulative updates up to SQL Server 2008 SP1 cumulative update package 8, and fixes to issues that have been reported through our customer feedback platforms. These include supportability...
  • Blog Post: Learn SQL with Updated SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

    The SQL Server 2008 R2 Update for Developers Training Kit is ideal for developers who want to understand how to take advantage of the key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 in their applications, as well as for developers who are new to SQL Server. The training kit offers...
  • Blog Post: How To, Getting Started Videos for Developers

    Windows Azure Windows Azure Platform Training Course The Windows Azure Platform Training Course includes a comprehensive set of technical content including samples, demos, hands-on labs, and presentations that are designed to expedite the learning process for the set of technologies released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ISV Partners Adopt Microsoft Technology

    Microsoft partners have been building great software using Microsoft technologies. Here’s a sampling of what we’ve found. Windows 7 Light-up Windows 7 represents some great opportunities for ISV. Light up features include Windows 7 ribbon, task bar, thumbnails, federated search, and PowerShell...
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