APS Best Practice: How to Optimize Query Performance by Minimizing Data Movement 

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by Rob Farley, LobsterPot Solutions The Analytics Platform System, with its MPP SQL Server engine (SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse) can deliver performance and scalability for analytics workloads that you may not have expected from SQL Server. But there are key differences in working with SQL Server PDW and SQL Server Enterprise Edition that one Read more


Sentiment Analysis with Microsoft APS and StreamInsight 

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In this overview and demo, we will show you what sentiment analysis is and how to build a quick mashup that combines real-time access to multiple data sources using tools from Microsoft. Sentiment analysis is one of the hottest topics in the Big Data space. Sentiment analysis is the process of analyzing customer comments and Read more


Real world use cases of the Microsoft Analytics Platform System 

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This blog post was authored by: Murshed Zaman, AzureCAT PM and Sumin Mohanan, DS SDET With the advent of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (the MPP version of SQL Server) V2 AU1 (Appliance Update 1), PDW got a new name: the Analytics Platform System [Appliance] or APS. The name changed with the addition of Microsoft’s Read more


Driving Ground Breaking BI with APS 

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This blog post will detail how APS gives users the ability to: Leverage Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power Map at massive scale Iteratively query APS, adding BI on the fly Combine data seamlessly from PDW, HDI, and Azure using PolyBase The Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) is a powerful scale out data warehouse solution Read more

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Change the Game with APS and PolyBase 

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Guest blog post by: James Rowland-Jones (JRJ), SQL Server MVP, PASS Board Director, SQLBits organiser and owner of The Big Bang Data Company (@BigBangDataCo). James specializes in Microsoft Analytics Platform System and delivers scale-out solutions that are both simple and elegant in their design. He is passionate about the community, sitting on both the PASS Read more


Introducing the Microsoft Analytics Platform System – the turnkey appliance for big data analytics 

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At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Satya Nadella introduced the new Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS) as Microsoft’s solution for delivering “Big Data in a box.” APS is an evolution of our SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) appliance which builds upon the high performance and scale capabilities of that MPP version of Read more