History of PASS, Part 2: Assembling the Original Board of Directors

Kevin Kline shares more about the history of PASS and the assembling of the original board of directors. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

DBTA – Microsoft on the Ascent in Business Intelligence and Data Science

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely forgivable if you haven't noticed. The reason it's OK is that Microsoft is advancing on multiple fronts, both in the on-premises product line and even more dramatically with the Azure cloud-based products. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Delivers a Win-Win on Price-Performance

With Azure SQL Data Warehouse and SentryOne, migrate to Azure with confidence and receive breakthrough cloud analytics performance at the best price. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

DBTA – SQL Server 2016: The Cool is in the Tool (SSMS that is)

As a heavy user of other RDBMS data platforms, I have long appreciated the extra effort that Microsoft put into their data management and administration tool, the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). While SSMS is an outstanding administration and T-SQL programming tool, it does have its minor qualms and quibbles. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

DBTA – Powerful ETL Technologies in the Microsoft Data Platform

Microsoft first truly disrupted the ETL marketplace with the introduction of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) back with the release of SQL Server 2005. Microsoft has upped the ante yet again by bringing to market powerful ETL features to the cloud via the Azure Data Factory, which enables IT shops to integrate a multitude of data sources, both on-premises and in the cloud, via a workflow (called a "pipeline) that utilizes Hive, Pig, and customized C# programs. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

A Historical Account of the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS), Part 1: Foundation

A Historical Account of the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS), Part 1: Foundation from Kevin Kline. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

Webinar Follow-Up: Setting SQL Server Performance Baselines and Alerts

Kevin Kline shares the Q&A from our recent "Setting SQL Server Performance Baselines and Alerts" webinar and highlights additional resources you can reference on the topic of baselining and alerting. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

DBTA – Machine Learning and the Microsoft Data Platform

If you're into data and databases and you have not heard the term "machine learning," may I suggest that you're not reading enough? This technology is hot and hyped, largely because it is the secret ingredient in many successful Big Data projects. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

SQL Sentry Essentials: Powerful Database Performance Monitoring for 5 or Fewer SQL Server Instances

SQL Sentry Essentials is now available. SQL Sentry Essentials is a new SQL Sentry edition that provides essential performance monitoring for up to 5 database instances. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]

DBTA – Dynamic Data Masking and Row-Level Security Features on the Way in SQL Server 2016

In addition to StretchDB and AlwaysEncrypted, there are two more exciting features in the works for SQL Server 2016: dynamic data masking and row-level security. In the case of these two features, they'll be released first to the cloud platform (Azure SQL Database) and, later, to the on-premises version of SQL Server. Click HERE to read more … [Read more...]