The path forward for SQL Server analytics 

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Today, we are announcing changes to SQL Server analytics which includes: Customer feedbackRetirement of SQL Server 2019 Big Data ClustersRetirement of PolyBase scale-out groupsPath forward Customer feedback We continue to see increased migration to the cloud, with analytical workloads leading that charge. Customers have indicated that analytics in the cloud best aligns to employee skillsets, Read more

PASS Data Community Summit keynote: a bridge to a new universe 

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It is almost time for PASS Data Community Summit 2021, a free online conference for the Microsoft data platform professional. The conference, hosted by Redgate, will include the latest SQL Server and Azure data innovations, practical training, and networking to empower you to transform your career and your organization. This year’s event is coming to Read more

Microsoft at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 

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Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 (DPS 2021) is just a few days away. A free, global learning event for the data professionals, DPS 2021 will feature over 150 breakout sessions and 15 training classes. This content will be delivered by Azure Data Engineering, partner organizations, community leaders, and Data Platform MVPs. The event is fine-tuned Read more

Around the clock with Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory 

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On February 3-4, the Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory teams are partnering on a learning event for the community to come together to learn about Azure SQL and Azure Data Factory, meet the engineering teams behind these services, and learn how you can get started with using Azure Data Factory and Azure SQL together. Read more

Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community 

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Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. If you are a leader who is interested in adding your existing Read more

Microsoft Azure at Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 

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Data Platform Virtual Summit 2020 (DPS 2020) is just a couple of weeks away. A global learning event for data professionals, DPS 2020 features a keynote from Rohan Kumar, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, as well as 200 breakout sessions and 30 training classes delivered by Azure Data engineering, partner organizations, and community Read more

Microsoft Azure at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

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It is almost time for PASS Virtual Summit 2020, the premier learning event for the data professional. Similar to the in-person event, this virtual conference will include the latest SQL Server and Azure Data innovations, practical training, and networking—to empower you to transform your career and your company. Read more

Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is now open source 

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Accelerating big data analytics with the Spark connector for SQL Server  We’re happy to announce that we have open–sourced the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL on GitHub. Born out of Microsoft’s SQL Server Big Data Clusters investments, the Apache Spark Connector for SQL Server and Azure SQL is a high-performance connector that enables you to use transactional data in big data analytics and persists results for ad-hoc queries or reporting. Read more

Join Microsoft at PASS Virtual Summit 2020 

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This year’s PASS Summit conference, the largest gathering of data professionals focused on the Microsoft platform, will be a virtual-only event for the first time. This will make PASS Virtual Summit 2020 more accessible than ever, giving attendees from around the world the opportunity to network, speak, and learn from the comfort of their own Read more