Blair Greenwood is an associate editor for SQL Server Pro, where she extensively covers database administration, development, and business intelligence industry trends and news. Follow her on Twitter at @blair_greenwood and Google+.
Microsoft announced today that the first community technology preview (CTP) for the next version of Visual Studio is now available. Codenamed 'Visual Studio 14,' Microsoft anticipates that a final version will be available in 2015.
Microsoft recently announced several new features that are now available in a recent Power Query update. New features include the ability to connect easily to recent data sources, along with it being easier to distinguish public and organizational results.
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As summer nears, the Power BI Preview is making bigger waves with every weekly release. Popular data sources and a plethora of Power BI Designer enhancements are being released at light speed pace. Check out the highlights on what has been released and what we might see next....More
Over the past few years we did not hear anything from Microsoft about SQL Server on-premises business intelligence enhancements. The extended cricket-chirping silence left us speculating about the future of Reporting Services, Analysis Services and other key technologies that are being used today to power critical decision making solutions. Good news, the waiting and wondering is over. Microsoft recently announced significant SQL Server on-premises upgrades for business intelligence in numerous presentations at both //build and Ignite conferences....More
In the last few posts (posts 19 – 24) I’ve covered some high-level concerns and reviewed some details about how to implement and manage database backups against AlwaysOn Availability Group databases. Most of the information I’ve provided was pretty basic or elementary – along with some additional guidelines for things to watch out for when managing backups. Which is to say that backups are never something you can simply take for granted and they’re never something you just take lightly....More