Blair Greenwood

Blair
Greenwood

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+.

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Eron Kelly explaining improvements made to SQL Server 2014.
Microsoft’s Eron Kelly on Power BI, SQL Server 2014 Performance Improvements 1
Eron Kelly talks about the strides that Microsoft has been making with SQL Server 2014 and Power BI for Office 365 tools.
Recent Data Sources in Power Query
Learn how to easily connect to a data source that has been recently used in Microsoft Power Query.
Using Entity Framework with the Visual Studio 14 CTP
Before diving into Entity Framework 6 or 7 in the new Visual Studio 14 CTP, there are several different limitations you need to be aware of.
Hadoop Summit: Azure HDInsight Now Supports Hadoop 2.4
Microsoft announced that Azure HDInsight now supports Hadoop 2.4 at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose.
Microsoft Announces 'Visual Studio 14'
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.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1 Now Available
Microsoft is now rolling out the Visual Studio Update 3 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 1 that's now available.
5 New Features Now Available in Microsoft Power Query
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.
Julia White presenting a demo at Microsoft TechEd 2014
Microsoft's Julia White on Power BI for Office 365
Julia White, General Manager of the Office Division at Microsoft, provides her insights on Power BI, which should be of interest to our SQL Server Pro readers.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 Now Available for Download
At the Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference in Houston, the company revealed that the Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is now available for download.
Early Bird for IT/Dev Connections Ends May 31!
It's not too late to register for our IT/Dev Connections event to save with our early bird promotion. You'll get access to over 180 sessions spanning across SQL Server, Big Data, business intelligence, and more.
Best of TechEd 2014 Database Winners
At Microsoft TechEd 2014 in Houston, today we're honoring this year's Best of TechEd Award winners in our database-related categories.
TechEd 2014: New Disaster Recovery Features in Microsoft Azure
During the TechEd North America keynote in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announced two new disaster recovery features for Microsoft Azure, which will help customers to better protect their data.
Forecasting in Power View for Office 365
Learn about the new forecasting feature in Power View for Office 365, along with tips on how to get started.
Join Us for the SQL Server IT/Dev Connections Online Event!
We're holding a two-day, online basic training event in June that gets you up-to-speed on all you need to know before our IT/Dev Connections, in-person event that's held in September later this year.
New Forecasting Capabilities in Power View for Office 365
Microsoft announced the availability of new forecasting capabilities in its cloud-hosted business intelligence (BI) offering, Power View for Office 365 at the Pass Business Analytics (BA) Conference.

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Feb 25, 2015
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Data Profiling to the Rescue by Pushing Metadata Boundaries

Don’t let bad data sneak up on you when and where you least expect it. Ferret out bad data with Melissa Data’s newest Profiling Component for SSIS. Learn how to take control of your data using knowledge-base-driven metadata. The truth shall set you free!...More
Feb 11, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 17: Creating Jobs to Check on Synchronization

In my previous post, I provided a high-level outline of the core logic (and rationale behind that logic) that would be needed to set up regular synchronization checks on SQL Server Agent Jobs for servers where AlwaysOn Availability Groups have been deployed. In this post, I’ll walk through the steps--and the code--needed to setup those checks....More
Jan 22, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 18: Health Checks for Availability Groups

Now that we’ve outlined the process to let servers in a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group "talk to each other" by means of setting up linked servers, it’s possible to set up some additional or improved checks on Availability Group Health....More
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