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  • Blog Post: Register Today to Join in the SQL Server 2012 Launch March 7

    You are cordially invited to be a part of the Virtual Launch Event for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 . Attendance is free and open to both partners and customers. All you need to do is register here . Hear from Microsoft executives about new functionality being released. If you are unable to attend the...
  • Blog Post: Guide for How to Test Your Application for Compatibility with SQL Server 2012

    ISVs are getting ready for the release of SQL Server 2012 by checking code to be sure it will support the new release. Microsoft provides tools that will help you in your testing. This article provides the steps you can take to be sure your application is customer-ready for SQL Server 2012. Customer...
  • 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, 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: Free E-Books on Windows Phone, Visual Studio, SQL Server, Windows Server Offered on E-Readers

    Free eBooks from Microsoft Press were available as XPS or PDF formats are now available so you can read them on e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook, Sony Reader and Kobo eReader, as well as on iOS devices such as the iPad. Current selection of books include: ...
  • Blog Post: Hadoop Connectors Coming for Parallel Data Warehouse, SQL Server

    Microsoft will soon release two new Hadoop connectors to help customers exploit the benefits of unstructured data in both SQL and non-SQL environments. Connectors will include: Hadoop to SQL Server Parallal Data Warehouse (PDW) for large data volumes. Hadoop to SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Platform Ready Testing Videos

    If you or your company is part of the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) program these videos should provide insight on the MPR Test Tools. These four videos cover Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Azure/SQL Azure, and SQL Server 2008 R2. If you are not familiar with the MPR program ; MPR provides...
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