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Powering mission-critical performance with SQL Server 2016 

Data has become the lifeblood of the enterprise. It’s the foundation for keen insight and effective decisions that lead to business growth. One of our primary design goals for SQL Server 2016 was to provide the performance, security, availability and business intelligence that are critical to helping companies manage their data and identify new opportunities....Read more

Decisions @ the speed of thought with SQL Server 2016 

In his 1999 book, “Business @ the Speed of Thought,” Bill Gates predicted the future “will be about velocity. About how quickly business itself will be transacted. About how information access will alter the lifestyle of consumers and their expectations of business…. When the increase in velocity is great enough, the very nature of business...Read more

Your invitation to be among the first to hear from SQL Server 2016 engineers 

If there’s one phrase that characterizes the SQL Server technical community, it’s passion for learning and sharing data platform knowledge. Here’s your invitation to do just that by attending Data Driven, a live virtual event introducing SQL Server 2016. You’ll hear directly from Microsoft executives and engineering stars about SQL Server 2016 – the biggest...Read more

Video: To the future of analytics with SQL Server, BI and Cortana Analytics Suite 

How cool is data analytics? Super cool! If you think that description sounds like hype, you should watch the video of Jason Wilcox’s Foundational session at PASS as he presents fascinating examples that demonstrate how Microsoft’s data platform and Azure Machine Learning is making “The Future of Analytics” real today. Wilcox discusses how advanced analytics...Read more

Microsoft Business Intelligence PASS keynote: Five minutes to sign up; five minutes to WOW! 

See how you can get real-time interactive visualizations of customer data, as Microsoft Corporate Vice President James Phillips demonstrates exciting new capabilities available with Power BI and Microsoft’s powerful data platform, including SQL Server, SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Datazen, and Azure SQL Database. In this video of Phillips’ PASS...Read more

Data security, SQL Server 2016, and your business 

Security is unquestionably a major priority for Microsoft. A recent news story reported that the company “is spending $1 billion a year to make Microsoft products more secure.” The Microsoft data platform, including SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, is at the top of the list of products investing in security. But, be aware that...Read more

Watch the PASS Keynote Video: “Accelerating Your Business with a Modern Data Strategy” 

The annual PASS Summit provides an opportunity for the SQL Server community to meet, share expertise, and gain firsthand insights into advances in the Microsoft data platform technology directly from Microsoft executives. The fall 2015 PASS Summit gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the upcoming release of SQL Server 2016 when Joseph Sirosh, corporate...Read more

SQL Server 2016: Advanced Capabilities without Expensive Add-Ons 

What does the industry leading SQL Server 2016 have in common with spaghetti sauce? Just the fact that if you need something, “it’s in there.” With SQL Server 2016 the advanced capabilities you need in a data platform are built in. You don’t need to purchase expensive add-ons to get necessary functionality immediately: Looking for...Read more