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Driving Ground Breaking BI with APS 

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

Microsoft Updates Power BI for Office 365 Preview with New Natural Language Search, Mapping Capabilities 

Today we’re pleased to announce the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, including natural language search with Q&A and improved experiences in two preview add-ins for Excel with 3D mapping visualizations through Power Map and improved data search in Power Query. Introduced in July and currently in preview,...Read more

What’s Your Favorite Feature of SQL Server 2012? 

PASS Summit in November was a perfect opportunity to catch up with SQL Server community members to ask them about their favorite features of SQL Server 2012. We caught up with many of them at a local restaurant and captured their responses in this video to kick off Quentin Clark’s keynote. Perhaps not surprisingly, the...Read more

Big Data for Everyone: Using Microsoft’s Familiar BI Tools with Hadoop 

The Microsoft BI blog series on Microsoft’s Big Data technologies continues with a guest post from Ashvini Sharma discussing how organizations can benefit from Microsoft BI tools connecting to Hadoop. Ashvini is a Group Program Manager in the SQL Server Business Intelligence Group here at Microsoft.  Visit the Official Microsoft BI Blog for the detailed...Read more

Big Data, Hadoop and StreamInsight™ 

The O’Reilly Strata Conference On Making Data Work is less than a week away. The Microsoft BI team is featuring a blog series highlighting Microsoft’s Big Data technologies. Today’s guest post is by Torsten Grabs, Principal Program Manager Lead for StreamInsight™ at Microsoft. Visit the Microsoft BI Official Blog for the detailed post. Learn more...Read more