Results are Beautiful: 4 Best Practices for Big Data in Healthcare 

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When you put big data to work, results can be beautiful. Especially when those results are as impactful as saving lives. Here are four best practice examples of how big data is being used in healthcare to improve, and often save, lives. Aerocrine improves asthma care with near-real-time data Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend Read more

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How to Hadoop: 4 Resources to Learn and Try Cloud Big Data 

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Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies available to you, or you need a tutorial to get started.   If you want a quick overview on why you Read more

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Azure previews fully-managed NoSQL database and search services 

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I am pleased to announce previews of new NoSQL database and search services and the evolution of our Hadoop-based service. Available as previews today are Azure DocumentDB, a fully-managed transactional NoSQL document database-as-a-service, and Azure Search, which enables developers to easily add search capabilities to mobile and cloud applications. Generally available today, Azure HDInsight, our Read more

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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

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Virginia Tech Exec Q&A 

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Virginia Tech is using the Microsoft Azure Cloud to create cloud-based tools to assist with medical breakthroughs via next-generation sequence (NGS) analysis. This NGS analysis requires both big computing and big data resources. A team of computer scientists at Virginia Tech is addressing this challenge by developing an on-demand, cloud-computing model using the Azure HDInsight Read more

The Microsoft Infinity Room Photo Contest Has a Winner! 

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Congratulations to Edgar Rivera, whose Microsoft Infinity Room photo won the #InsightsAwait Photo Sweepstakes. “I never thought that stepping into some data visualization could be this cool,” Edgar tweeted. Visitors to the Microsoft Infinity Room were invited to capture their experiences and tag their photos on Twitter or Instagram with the #InsightsAwait hashtag. If you didn’t Read more

ICYMI: Data platform momentum 

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The last couple months have seen the addition of several new products that extend Microsoft’s data platform offerings. At the end of January, Quentin Clark outlined his vision for the complete data platform, exploring the various inputs that are driving new application patterns, new considerations for handling data of all shapes and sizes, and ultimately Read more

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Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights 

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At yesterday’s Accelerate your insights event in San Francisco, we heard from CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner and CVP Quentin Clark about how building a data culture in your company is critical to success. By combining data-driven DNA with the right analytics tools, anyone can transform data into action. Many companies, and many of our customers, are already Read more

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Tune in tomorrow and accelerate your insights 

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Tomorrow’s the day! Tune in to hear from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and Data Platform Group CVP Quentin Clark about Microsoft’s approach to data, and how the latest advancements in technology can help you transform data into action. Mark your calendar RSVP on Facebook Who should watch? Join us tomorrow morning at Read more

Join us on April 15 and Accelerate Your Insights 

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Mark your calendar now to join us online on April 15 for the Accelerate your insights event, streaming live from San Francisco, California at 10:00 AM PDT. Wondering what your data can do for you? Join us to online find out how to drive your business in real-time, from apps to insights. You’ll hear from Read more

Revolutionizing City Planning in the 21st Century with Windows Azure, HDInsight, and SQL Server 

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If you’ve ever played a video game where you manage a virtual city, you understand how real-time insight into services including emergency response teams and transportation is needed for effective city planning. Until recently, the technologies just weren’t available to support this kind of detailed “big picture” view enjoyed by gamers. However, now that Big Read more