Big Data for the SQL Eye

SQL Server is a great technology – I’ve been using it since 1993 when the user interface consisted of a query window with the options to save and execute and not much else. With every release there’s something new and exciting and there’s always something to learn about even the most familiar of features. However,…

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Create HDInsight Cluster in Azure Portal

Creating an HDInsight cluster from the Azure portal is very easy. However, sometimes you want all the choices and best practices explained as well as the "how to". I have created a series of slides with audio recordings to walk you through the process and choices. They are available as sessions 1-8 of "Create HDInsight…

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HDInsight Big Data Talks from #SQLPASS

SQL PASS Summit 2013 was another great data geek week! I chatted with many of you about Big Data, Hadoop, HDInsight, architecting solutions, SQL Server, data, BI, analytics, and general geekiness – great fun! This time around I delivered two talks on Hadoop and HDInsight – the slides from both are attached. Zero to 60…

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Self-Service BI Works!

When I talk to people about adding self-service BI to their company’s environment I generally get a list of reasons why it won’t work. Some things I commonly hear: I can’t get anyone in IT or on the business side to even try it. The business side doesn’t know how to use the technology. This…

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24HOP/SQLRally – Fitting Microsoft Hadoop Into Your Enterprise BI Strategy

24HOP/SQLRally – Fitting Microsoft Hadoop Into Your Enterprise BI Strategy   Small Bites of Big Data Cindy Gross, SQLCAT PM The world of #bigdata and in particular #Hadoop is going mainstream. At 24HOP 2012 I talked about how a SQL Server professional fits into this big data world. Hadoop generally falls into the NOSQL realm….

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