Big Data and the Cloud - More Hype or a Real Workload?

Last week Microsoft announced several new offerings for “Big Data” – and since I’m a stickler for definitions, I wanted to make sure I understood what that really means. What is “Big Data”? What size hard drive is that? After all, my laptop has 1TB of storage – is my laptop “Big Data”? There are…

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How to get Microsoft to speak at your event

If you’re holding a special event, such as a SQL Saturday or a user group, one of the challenges is to get speakers for the event. Now, the best speakers come from the community – people who use the product day-in, day-out. They have a wealth of expertise, and many of them are really great…

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PASS Day One

I’ve flown down to Denver, Colorado this week to work the booths and do a few presentations here at PASS, the Professional Association of SQL Server. This is a community group, so as a Microsoft employee I’m a guest at this function. I’ve mentioned before that Microsoft is very big on having us interact with…

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