Microsoft’s Vision for Data (love the videos!)

I always enjoy watching those really slick/nice/flashy videos from Microsoft’s marketing team, thumbs up! 🙂
Here’s another one about Microsoft’s vision on data and how we’re able to analyze data today.








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Got some spare time? :)

I guess you’re currently on a holiday and you’re still checking the web for anything to read or view? Well here’s an overview of the best videos related to Microsoft BI from Microsoft Ignite of last May:

The SQL Server Evolution
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/FND1551

Data Science with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft SQL Server and R
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3550

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2571

Microsoft SQL Server BI Drill Down
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2552

Power BI Overview
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2568

What’s Next for Visualizations in Microsoft Office
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3564

Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Deep Dive
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3569

Power BI for Developers
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3551

Scalable BI and Advanced Modeling with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Power Pivot
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3561








Microsoft Research reveals Holograph, brings ‘Star Wars’ Leia hologram to life

Microsoft Research Talks About Holograph, An Interactive, 3-D Data-Visualization Research Platform

Microsoft Research reveals Holograph, brings ‘Star Wars’ Leia hologram to life

Microsoft-holographic-display

All those cool 3D holographic interactive user interfaces that people see in sci-fi movies and TV shows are finally getting closer to reality. Microsoft Research recently showed off a new project called Holograph that was made to render large data, not just in 3D, but in a way that it looks like it is being projected above a display.

The video also has some fun in showing off how Holograph can make the dreams of sci-fi fans come true, such as one scene where an interactive Viper fighter in “Battlestar Galactica” is created in 3D. The final part of the video shows the famous Princess Leia hologram in “Star Wars” (“You’re my only hope.’) recreated in 3D via Holograph. Perhaps the whole 3D chess game in that same movie could be the next project for Microsoft Research.


Holograph enables users to examine various types of dynamic data sets—easily and naturally.

“If you have 3-D data, you could move your head around and look at things as if they were physically there,” Wong suggests. “That’s a natural way of observing something. If you want to reach in and select something that’s interesting, you could find out more information. Sure, you could do that on a flat screen, but on really complex, non-two-dimensional data, it becomes more of a challenge.

“What we’re doing with our Perceptive Pixel display and things like Kinect is tracking where your head is, where your point of view is, and dynamically altering that data. The touch capabilities of the Perceptive Pixel display allow us to understand where you’re touching and then have that touch point connect with a piece of 3-D data represented below the plane of that screen. We’re rendering 3-D data both statically and dynamically in what looks like a virtual box below the glass, but you can see the dimensionality of the data.”








Yahoo! 24TB SSAS Cube – Big Data Case Study + Slides

Thanks Denny Glee for sharing this.

It’s old news, but still it’s very cool 🙂
I always thought that Yahoo! had a 7TB SSAS Cube, but it has been growing of course.
As of dec 2012, it reached 24TB!!

Microsoft Case Study:
Yahoo! Improves Campaign Effectiveness, Boosts Ad Revenue with Big Data Solution

Some key numbers from this case study include:

24TB Analysis Services MOLAP cube
2PB source data of a 14PB Hadoop cluster
700M unique users, 47% of the global online population
3.5B ad impressions/day

Yahoo-24TB-Cube-Platform-Architecture

Yahoo-24TB-Cube-Querying-the-Platform-Architecture

More slides can be found here.

Source:
http://dennyglee.com/2012/12/08/yahoo-24tb-ssas-big-data-case-study-slides/








Microsoft Business Intelligence at a Glance Poster

Decorating the office? You might want to download this Microsoft BI poster and send it to your local copy shop.

Provides an overview of Microsoft’s Business Intelligence technologies in Office, SQL Server, and BI services in Windows Azure.

The poster summarizes the benefits of Microsoft’s BI technologies and depicts them by layer: client (such as BI in Excel), the presentation subsystem (such as SharePoint 2013), information sources (such as Reporting Services), and data sources (such as relational databases). It focuses on the enterprise architect and IT implementer audience. It includes Office 2013 client and server, SQL Server 2012 with SP1, and BI services in Windows Azure.

More info.

MSBI-poster

Download the poster: click here

Windows Azure Reporting now available!

News from MSDN Blogs! (URL)

Today, we are ushering in the new era of Hybrid Cloud, bringing together the best of on-premises and cloud computing. Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, and Web Sites are now available as new preview services for Windows Azure. SQL Reporting is now Generally Available to customers, a locally redundant storage option has been added to provide additional customer choice, and several enhancements to existing Windows Azure services are now live. These updates help customers build and bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way.

Additionally, a number of pricing and metering updates have been made to increase overall value. These changes include graduated pricing for Network, CDN and Storage; preview pricing for Windows Server and Non-Windows VMs; and a 90% reduction in Storage and CDN transaction prices.

With SQL Reporting on Azure, developers can use familiar tools such as the Business Intelligence Development Studio and SQL Server Data Tools to author reports, just as they do today when running SQL Server Reporting services on-premises. SQL Reporting on Azure provides consistent APIs to view, execute and manage reports along with rich formatting and data visualization options.

Report Formats
With SQL Reporting, you have the ability to export reports to various popular file formats including Excel, Word, HTML, PDF, XML, and CSV.

Pricing (more info here):

You can try this great service free of charge for billing periods beginning prior to August 1, 2012. Thereafter, the charge will be $0.88 per hour per reporting instance.

Well…If you’re interested, I’ll only charge you $0.60 per hour if you want to run your reports on a SSRS Instance all features supported! SQL Database (2008R2 / 2012) on a shared SQL Hotel is also possible, hosted in EasyNet‘s datacenter in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me for more info.

New SQL Server 2012-RTM fully integrated Demo (Hyper-V!)

***Updated: See below***

Demo Image XII: SQL 2012

Brief Description
The Base ImageX Server is a virtual machine that allows a user to test out the latest Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2012; including PowerView reports and PowerPivot Excel Documents.

Overview
The Base ImageX Server is a virtual machine that can be hosted in Hyper-V that allows a user to test out the latest Business Intelligence features of SQL Server 2012. The virtual machine has been configured to support the use of PowerView reports, PowerPivot Excel documents and various content packs allowing the user to explore the capabilities of SQL Server 2012. Working with the demos that can be installed on the ImageX server the user will have a clear picture of how the SQL Server 2012, Office and SharePoint tools support and enhance the self-service business intelligence environment.

The new SQL Server 2012-RTM demo is fully integrated with SQL Server 2012, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 including:
– PowerPivot and MDS Excel integration
– Reporting Services integration with SharePoint
– Power View integrated with SharePoint
– Data Quality Services
– Master Data Services
– Multidimensional and Tabular instances of SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services
– Visual Studio 2010
– Silverlight 5
– Picnic Power View sample loaded

This image also includes demos of the RTM version of AutoSales, TailspinToys, Contoso Energy, Telco (PowerPivot and Power View), Contoso Schools and the Telco demo.

Download it here!

Quick Details
File Name: SQL Image 2012.zip
Version: 1.0
Date Published: 5/11/2012
Language: English
Download Size: 21.6GB

Don’t forget to read the installation notes:
here

Credentials (thanks to Dan English):
The password for the image is the typical pass@word1 for the contoso\Administrator user. The name of the server is SQLIMAGE2012.

Thank you Microsoft!



 

***Update: 3 hours later, same day, a lot of disk space shortage…***

Is Microsoft serious?
Finally I downloaded the 21.6 gig and then I stumbled upon this ridiculous issue:
(My previous ridiculous issue/error: SQL Server – Rare Event error)

While browsing inside the ZIP-file: