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

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

Virginia Tech Exec Q&A 

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

Edgenet Exec Q&A 

Edgenet provides optimized product data for suppliers, retailers and search engines. Used online and in stores, Edgenet solutions ensure that businesses and consumers can make purchasing and inventory decisions based on accurate product information. Last year, it implemented an In-Memory OLTP solution built on SQL Server 2014, which has helped it continue to innovate and...Read more

SQL Server 2014 is Customer Tested! 

At Microsoft, we have an important program in place to work closely with our customers to ensure high-quality, real-world testing of Microsoft SQL Server before it hits the market for general availability. Internally, we call this the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). It works like this: an exclusive list of customers are invited to collaborate with...Read more

Microsoft adds forecasting capabilities to Power BI for O365 

The PASS Business Analytics Conference — the event where big data meets business analytics – kicked off today in San Jose. Microsoft Technical Fellow Amir Netz and Microsoft Partner Director Kamal Hathi delivered the opening keynote, where they highlighted our customer momentum, showcased business analytics capabilities including a new feature update to Power BI for...Read more

Progressive Insurance data performance grows by factor of four, fueling business growth online experience 

At the Accelerate your Insights event last week, Quentin Clark described how SQL Server 2014 was now part of a platform that had in-built in-memory technology across all data workloads.  In particular with this release Microsoft has added in-memory Online Transaction Processing delivering breakthrough performance for applications in throughput and latency. One of the early...Read more

Customers using Microsoft technologies to accelerate their insights 

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

The data platform for a new era 

Earlier today, Microsoft hosted a customer event in San Francisco where I joined CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner to share our perspective on the role of data in business. Satya outlined his vision of a platform built for an era of ambient intelligence. He also stressed the importance of a “data culture” that encourages...Read more

Crutchfield Turns to Microsoft and EMC to Help Transform SQL Server to the Private Cloud 

When it comes to consumer electronics gear, audio and video enthusiasts rely on Crutchfield Corporation for excellent customer service and stellar product know-how. Crutchfield powers its information-based service with a wide range of tools for its website visitors, customers and internal customer advisors. To keep improving their stellar customer service, Crutchfield develops most of its...Read more

CROSSMARK Uses SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse to Quickly Deliver Business Insights 

With the growth of the consumer goods industry, sales and marketing campaigns have created large and complex databases that are hard to sift through without the right tools. As retailers approach the busy holiday shopping season, they need to have insights into the effectiveness of their campaigns. Retailers need to know what market trends are...Read more