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Jan

SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available
SQL Server next version CTP 1.2 now available

As part of our rapid preview model, Microsoft is excited to announce that the next version of SQL Server (SQL Server v.Next) Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1.2 is now available on both Windows and Linux. In CTP 1.2 we implemented bug fixes and added support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. You can try the preview in your development and test environments now, or apply to join the SQL Server Early Adoption Program to get support for implementing SQL Server v.Next in production.

Key CTP 1.2 enhancement: Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise

In SQL Server v.Next, a key design principle has been to provide customers with choice about how to develop and deploy SQL Server applications: using technologies they love like Java, .NET, PHP, Python, R and Node.js, all on the platform of their choosing. Now in CTP 1.2, Microsoft is bringing the power of SQL Server to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, providing more deployment options and a streamlined acquisition process.

Said Kristin Kinan, Global Alliance Director, Public Cloud at SUSE, “We’re thrilled that Microsoft is announcing support for SQL Server v.Next on SUSE Linux Enterprise Linux. SQL Server and SUSE customers will now be able to

20

Jan

Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program
Announcing the SQL Server v.Next Early Adoption Program

What is the SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP)?

The SQL Server Early Adoption Program (SQL EAP) is a Microsoft program started in January 2017 to help both customers and partners adopt the next version of SQL Server before general availability.

Who is SQL EAP for?

If you are interested in adopting SQL Server v.Next on Windows or Linux in production, then SQL EAP is for you. SQL EAP is also for partners who want to build SI (system integrator) offerings and ISV (independent software vendor) applications using SQL Server v.Next. Upon successful validation, these applications and solutions can be supported in production prior to the general availability release. Customers and partners who would like to validate new features such as Adaptive Query Processing and High Availability (HA) on Linux are an especially good fit for SQL EAP. Enroll for the program here.

What are the benefits? Through the program you will have direct access to the engineering team through a Program Manager Buddy. Your PM Buddy is there as a primary contact within the development team to help connect you to the right people to help your solution adopt SQL Server v.Next. Typically, PM Buddies communicate with the

20

Jan

Visual Awesomeness Unlocked: Tachometer Gauge Custom Visual

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/visual-awesomeness-unlocked-tachometer-gauge-custom-visual/           The Tachometer by Annik is a flexible gauge that allows you to quickly convey detailed information in a way that can be intuitively understood. Read about how to use this new custom visual READ MORE

19

Jan

Introducing: Microsoft Azure Data Lake Tools for Visual Studio Code

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2017/01/20/microsoft-azure-data-lake-tools-for-visual-studio-code/   Welcome to the Microsoft Azure Data Lake Tools preview for Visual Studio Code, an extension for developing U-SQL projects against Microsoft Azure Data Lake! This extension provides you a cross-platform, light-weight, keyboard-focused authoring experience for U-SQL while READ MORE

19

Jan

Azure Active Directory meets Power BI
Azure Active Directory meets Power BI

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/azure-active-directory-meets-power-bi/           Understanding how users adopt and use Azure Active Directory features is critical for IT admins. It allows you to plan your IT infrastructure and communication to increase usage and to get the most READ MORE

19

Jan

HDInsight tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse December Updates
HDInsight tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse December Updates

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2017/01/20/hdinsight-tools-for-intellij-eclipse-december-updates/     We are pleased to announce the December updates of HDInsight Tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse. The HDInsight Tools for IntelliJ & Eclipse serve the open source community and will be of interest to HDInsight Spark developers. READ MORE

19

Jan

Webinar: Expert insights and real-world success stories show how IoT can help to transform your business

Source: http://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/01/19/join-our-webinar-to-learn-how-to-harness-the-business-value-of-iot/     The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling digital transformation and driving new business value in companies of all sizes, across multiple industries. By connecting people, assets, processes, and systems, IoT helps business leaders make better-informed decisions READ MORE

19

Jan

Actual Vs. Budget: Which visualization is most effective?
Actual Vs. Budget: Which visualization is most effective?

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/actual-vs-budget-which-chart-is-effective/           Comparing actual numbers against your goal or budget is one of the most common practices in data analysis. So which visual type would you choose to represent these numbers? Microsoft Design & Data READ MORE

19

Jan

New blog series: Become your organization’s strategic advisor with Machine Learning and Power BI

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-blog-series-become-your-organization-s-strategic-advisor-with-machine-learning-and-power-bi/           Are you ready to put your organization on a path of continuous improvement using the most valuable decision support techniques? Check out Microsoft Senior Program Manager Christian Berg’s timely series of essays on READ MORE

18

Jan

Columnstore DMV Performance: SQL Server 2016 SP1 CU1 – Improved performance of sys.dm_db_column_store_row_group_physical_stats

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/columnstore-dmv-performance-sql-server-2016-sp1-cu1-improved-performance-of-sys-dm_db_column_store_row_group_physical_stats/   SQL product team has made significant implements in columnstore index functionality, supportability and performance during SQL Server 2016 based on the feedback from customers. This blog post focuses on the performance improvements on a DMV done as part READ MORE