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Microsoft will be at the Gartner Business Intelligence and Analytics summit being held in Las Vegas from March 30th – April 2nd as a premier sponsor. We’re looking forward to sharing our vision of how we’re making big data real through the familiar tools you already use – SharePoint, Excel and SQL Server – as well as new ones such as Power BI for Office 365 and Windows Azure HDInsight.

Over the last few years, we’ve all had to deal with an explosion in data types and the velocity at which we need to react to that data. In this world of big data, Microsoft has refined our data toolkit – adding performance and scaling capabilities on commodity hardware in SQL Server 2014, as well as the ability to store, process and analyze large volumes of data through Windows Azure HDInsight, our 100% compatible implementation of Apache Hadoop.

Just as we’ve added capabilities to our data platform, we’ve continued to focus on making it as easy as possible to get rich insights from your stored data – whether it’s in SQL Server, Windows Azure HDInsight or a 3rd party data provider such as a LOB system. We’ve built powerful visualizations right into Excel with Power View and have added geospatial mapping capabilities through Power Map. It’s also now possible to query your data with natural language through Q&A in Power BI.

Our focus at Gartner will be on showcasing how all of these innovations are coming together to enable all of your users to find, analyze and use the information they need quickly and easily.

We’d love to speak to you if you’ll be there. Stop by our booth; attend our session on April 2nd from 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM; or schedule an individual meeting with Microsoft through the Gartner concierge. We’re also co-hosting a learning lab on the show floor with our partner SAP where you can learn about how Power BI connects to SAP BusinessObjects BI Universes, both through small group sessions and hands-on demonstrations.

We hope to see you. If you haven’t yet registered, you may use code BISP7 to get a $300 discount on registration.

For those who want access to the upcoming SQL Server 2014 release as soon as possible, please sign-up to be notified once the release is available.  Also, please join us on April 15 for the Accelerate Your Insights event to learn about our data platform strategy and how more customers are gaining significant value with SQL Server 2014.  There also will be additional launch events worldwide so check with your local Microsoft representatives or your local PASS chapter for more information on SQL Server readiness opportunities.