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Webinar Posted: SQL Server 2014 Overview / Product Review / Key Features

Watch this webinar replay and see an overview / product review of SQL Server 2014 and learn about the most exciting features of SQL Server 2014.  This SQL Server 2014 webinar covers key topics, such as:

  • How Microsoft SQL Server 2014 delivers mission-critical capabilities and breakthrough performance, availability and manageability
  • New in-memory capabilities for OLTP and data warehousing
  • New disaster recovery and backup solutions
  • Unparalleled scalability for customer database application in a physical or virtual environment
  • How companies are lowering TCO and taking advantage of built-in features to reduce third-party tool costs and lower other operational expense
  • How to leverage the latest Business Intelligence and Big Data and Hadoop features at 1/5 the cost of other options

To learn more about SQL Server 2014, or to get customized expert advice on how to leverage the features of SQL Server 2014, or SQL Server 2012 to improve your business contact Scalability Experts today to setup a no-cost 1 hour phone consultation!

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SE Invited to present at the 2013 Minnesota IT Symposium in ST. Paul, MN. Please join us!

Raj Gill, Scalability Experts Founder and CTO will be giving a presentation titled, “Big Data: Your next Strategic Program at the 2013 Minnesota Government Symposium on December 12th at 11:00am. In this presentation Raj will be discussing Big Data Architectural Considerations, industry specific use cases, and how to best leverage the Microsoft Solution for Big Data which includes Parallel Data Warehouse and Hadoop in Azure!  For more specifics please click “continue reading”.

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Why Upgrade to PDW?

Found a great Microsoft website that explains Parallel Data Warehouse at a high level that I would like to share.

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SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse - A Breakthrough Platform WhitePaper

Recently our BI team stumbled upon this whitepaper titled, “SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse - A Breakthrough Platform WhitePaper” which was written by Barbara Kess and Dan Kogan of Microsoft.  This paper explains PDW’s design, it’s technological and business value. 

Microsoft’s® SQL Server® 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) is a next-generation platform built to run your data analysis fast and to scale storage from a few terabytes to over 6 petabytes in a single appliance. PDW ships to your data center as an appliance with hardware and software pre-installed and pre-configured for maximum performance. With PDW’s Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) design, queries run in minutes instead of hours, and in seconds instead of minutes in comparison to today’s Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) databases. PDW is not only fast and scalable, it is designed with high redundancy and high availability, making it a reliable platform you can trust with your most business critical data.  PDW is designed for simplicity which makes it easy to learn and to manage.  PDW’s PolyBase technology for analyzing Hadoop data, and its deep integration with Business Intelligence tools make it a comprehensive platform for building end-to-end solutions.

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Upcoming Webinar:The Future of Datacenter Automation - Database-as-a-Service

The Future of Datacenter Automation is Here!
Come join Scalability Experts Infrastructure Practice Lead and Sr. Architect Chris Cadieux for a Live Webinar and see how Scalability Experts’ is bringing high-performance Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) features to your datacenter including automation, monitoring, and self-service capabilities. The webinar includes live demonstrations of key features.
You will learn how Scalability Experts:

  • Automates high-level tasks such as deploying performance tuned databases and servers (Live Demo)
  • Provides critical business insight into your environment with SE’s Platform Analytics
  • Keeps you in a state of perpetual consolidation and simplifies management of fragmented applications, databases and SQL instances
  • Simplifies the management of hybrid and heterogeneous environments
  • Saves you millions in Total Cost of Ownership!

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Scalability Experts is Awarded “Outstanding Partner for 2013” by HP and Microsoft

Scalability Experts is Awarded “Outstanding Partner for 2013” by HP and Microsoft at Worldwide Partner Conference

Scalability Experts (SE) announced that HP and Microsoft named SE Outstanding Frontline Partner for 2013 in Private Cloud and Virtualization services. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft and HP awarded SE Top Honors.  In 2012, Scalability Experts was awarded Partner of the Year for their services for Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) and Big Data.  Scalability Experts is a Microsoft National Systems Integrator Partner (NSI) with Microsoft Gold Competencies in Data Platform, Business Intelligence and System Management and Virtualization.  SE is a recognized leader and pioneer in providing customers with streamlined services and solutions that combine core strengths in infrastructure, database and business intelligence systems to increase performance, lower costs and make database systems and datacenters highly scalable.

“We are very pleased and excited that the HP/Microsoft Frontline Partnership has recognized Scalability Experts for a second year in a row for our services expertise by naming us Outstanding Frontline Partner of the Year for Private Cloud and Virtualization,” said Raj Gill, Founder and CTO of Scalability Experts. “We have been close partners with both Microsoft and HP for over twelve years and jointly we are focused on bringing customers IT solutions that delivers the highest level of performance, efficiency and business value. Together, through our work in the area of Private Cloud, Systems Management, Automation, and Big Data, we are helping our joint customers benefit from innovation to enable their on-ramp to the cloud become a major competitive advantage that will allow them to prosper and succeed far into the future.”

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How to Survive and Thrive in a Tsunami of Data

Scalability Experts own Raj Gill is hitting the road to show you “How to Survive and Thrive the Data Tsunami”.  These events will discuss how today’s top businesses are leveraging Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Massively Parallel Processing Appliances like SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse, and SE’s own Database-as-a-Service Private Cloud Solution t to beat their competition.  Please continue reading below to learn more about these events!

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Webinar Recording Posted - The High Performance Engine for BigData: Parallel Data Warehouse

This last Friday Andy Isley, Business Intelligence Practice Leader for Scalability presented a webinar titled, “The High Performance Engine for BigData: Parallel Data Warehouse”.  Please click read more to view the webinar replay.

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SQL Server End of Life

In this post, SQL Server Architect and SQL Server MVP, Rick Heiges talks about the SQL Server Life Cycle.  This information is valuable for making upgrade decisions for your SQL Server Environment.  If you need help upgrading off of SQL Server 2000 or 2005 onto a supported version, please contact Scalability Experts today!

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Scalability Experts wins FLP Partner of The Year Award for Second Year in a Row!

For the second year in a row SE took home a FLP “Partner of the Year” award from Microsoft and HP!  During WPC last week we attended the award ceremony at the Diamond Club at the Houston Astros ballpark.  Here is the picture that was taken when we officially were presented the award.  It was a great week for Scalability Experts at WPC – Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.  We took home an award and held a successful conference!  We recieved very positive feedback from our partners regarding our FY14 strategic direction!  Special thanks to everyone on our team that made this possible!

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Upcoming Webinar - Database-as-a-Service: The Next Step in Datacenter Maturity

Register for our Upcoming Webinar - Database-as-a-Service: The Next Step in Datacenter Maturity!

Are you having difficulty managing fragmented application and database environments with hundreds or even thousands of disparate resources? Wouldn’t you like to be able to provision new database resources in a matter of minutes rather than days by simplifying and automating the management of your IT infrastructure?  If so, you should consider deploying Scalability Experts’ on-premise Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution.  Scalability Experts Architect and System Management and Virtualization Practice Manager, Chris Cadieux is holding a webinar for you to learn more!

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Big Data Physics - The Wave Particle Duality of Data

Although Big Data discussions tend to focus on the explosion of social media and documents, one of the challenges facing data scientists and analysts is the huge influx of machine born data; data that originates from a sensor, a GPS device, a wireless event. Storing this amount of data, then processing it in a timely manner isn’t really possible in traditional business intelligence products. One way to understand better what design patterns are needed to architect these kind of systems is to steal a concept from the world of physics – the wave particle duality of light.

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Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012

Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012 - Video Released


Would like to share a video from our newly released Frontline Insight video series, titled “Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012”. This is part three of a five part series on that address some of the most frequently asked questions from IT managers when they are looking to improve the performance and scalability of their data platform and IT environment.

In this video Business Intelligence Architect and Practice Manager Andy Isley comments on his experience of helping customers leverage their Business Intelligence. Specifically by utilizing SQL Server 2012 capabilities to provide self-service Business Intelligence, Rapid Data Exploration, and Ensure consistent data. Andy Isley also comments on significant changes to PowerPivot, PowerView, and Master Data Services.

Video #3: Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2012

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Not Your Grandmother’s Data Warehouse (part 2 posted) - Friday Tech Call

For several years Scalability Experts has held an internal Tech Call every Friday. These calls give our consultants the opportunity to share ideas, and hear our IT leaders discuss specific topics and features relevant to our core areas of expertise: Data Platform, Business Intelligence & System Management and Virtualization. Moving forward we will be sharing many of these recordings as a free training service.

Today I am sharing a part two of a presentation titled “Not your Grandmother’s Data Warehouse” given by Doug Brendle, Sr. Architect with Scalability Experts.

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Competitive Advantage Through BI Capabilities Webinar Recording

Competitive Advantage Through BI Capabilities

This is a full webinar recording titled, “Creating a Competitive Advantage Through Your BI Capabilities”.  It is presented by Andy Isley, Business Intelligence Practice Manager and Senior Architect with Scalability Experts.  In this webinar he discusses the MS BI (Business Intelligence) Stack, and how it can empower business.

This also includes discussion about PDW Query speed, and a short powerview demo.  The Powerview demo and PDW query speed sections can be found broken out into shorter videos on the Scalability Experts Channel page if you are short on time.

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Upgrading SSIS Packages from SQL Server 2005/2008 to SQL Server 2012

Upgrading SSIS Packages from SQL Server 2005/2008 to SQL Server 2012

This is a recording from one of Scalability Expert’s, Friday Tech Calls where Rohit Sharma, Architect provides an internal training on upgrading SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 packages to SQL Server 2012.  He shows what modifications are necessary to run the SSIS packages, how to deploy the SSIS packages, and where you can view the deployed packages.  He also discusses and demo’s SSIS 2012 Migration Wizards, and SSDT, SQL Server Discovery Tool.  If you would like to skip straight to the demonstration, it begins at 9:20.

The original presentation is part of a weekly internal training program at Scalability Experts. We are now recording and distributing these presentations here on YouTube for public benefit as a training video for SQL Server Professionals.

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Fast Track Reference Architecture Recording - Friday Tech Call

Fast Track Reference Architecture Recording - Friday Tech Call

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ArcCos/Acos in PDW (workaround)

ArcCos/Acos in PDW (workaround)

Should you find the need to use ArcCos/Acos in PDW, you will find that the function is not currently supported.  A work around will be to use the following formula:

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Office 2013 - New Features and How they relate to MS Business Intelligence!

Office 2013 - New Features and How they relate to MS Business Intelligence!

Office 2013 was released to customer preview on July 17th.  Over the next few weeks, I will high light the new features and provide a deeper look into each one as they relate to MS BI.  Top Features to take notice of include:

Excel

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