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    Aboitiz Jebsen Adopts SQL Server 2012 to Enhance Crewing System

    05/24/2012 Microsoft News Center

    Aboitiz Jebsen Co. Inc. (Abojeb), dB Wizards Inc. and Microsoft Philippines recently announced a three-way partnership that will enable Abojeb to meet the needs of its organization and stay competitive in its field by enhancing its crewing system with SQL Server 2012.

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    Big Data in the Cloud

    07/01/2012 Visual Studio Magazine

    Microsoft has cooked up a feast of value-added big data cloud apps featuring Apache Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive and Pig, as well as free apps and utilities for numerical analysis, publishing data sets, data encryption, uploading files to SQL Azure and blobs.

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    Life Care Centers of America Chooses Microsoft for Business Intelligence

    03/07/2012 Microsoft News Center

    Life Care Centers of America has announced the successful deployment of a Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) solution in more than 200 skilled nursing facilities nationwide. The long-term care operator selected Microsoft BI to gain deeper insights into its key performance indicators for managers and executives across the organization.

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    Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms

    02/06/2012 Gartner Research

    Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms.

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    Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems

    02/06/2012 Gartner Research

    Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2012 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse DBMS market.

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    Malaysian Mobile Technology Enabler Delivers Faster, More Reliable Data Access

    04/02/2012 Microsoft News Center

    MACROKIOSK, a mobile technology enabler for enterprises, today announced its deployment of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2. The Malaysia-based company made the upgrade to improve performance of its relational database system and to position itself for continued business growth through enabling mobile technologies for enterprises.

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    Microsoft's Big Data Plans: Acknowledge, Embrace, Integrate

    07/13/2012 ZDNet

    Microsoft held its annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto this week. Microsoft said that this year, over 16,000 people from 156 countries attended WPC. It is by any measure a big show and this year Microsoft had a lot to say about Big Data. Whether in keynotes, breakout sessions or invite-only roundtables, the message was there.

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    Microsoft adding in-memory technology to SQL Server

    11/07/2012 Computerworld

    Code-named Hekaton, Microsoft's in-memory technology will allow an entire database to be run from memory. By holding a database table in memory, a server can execute transactions using that table much more quickly because the database server doesn't have to immediately read data from, nor write data to, a disk. Microsoft predicts that its in-memory technology can run transaction 50 times faster than a standard SQL Server setup.

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    Microsoft boasts of Big Data chops for in-memory SQL

    11/07/2012 The Register

    Microsoft claims that new in-memory data processing capabilities in the next build of SQL will improve performance by a factor of fifty compared to current speeds.

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    Microsoft Brings Big Data to Windows

    10/24/2012 CIO

    Microsoft, with the help of partner Hortonworks, brings Hadoop to Windows and stakes its claim as a vendor of big data technologies with new cloud-based and on-premises offerings.

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    Microsoft In-Memory Move Challenges SAP, Oracle

    11/07/2012 InformationWeek

    Microsoft SQL Server "Project Hekaton" promises in-memory transactional processing that will stack up against SAP Hana and Oracle Exadata.

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    Microsoft previews new SQL Server in-memory database features

    11/07/2012 TechTarget

    Microsoft on Wednesday previewed "Hekaton," a new SQL Server in-memory database capability for transactional applications, at the opening of the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit.

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    Microsoft Raises the Bar with SQL Server 2012

    07/16/2012 Network World

    While SQL Server 2008 was little more than a service-pack level upgrade, the 2012 version of Microsoft's database has a boatload of new features and delivers solid performance improvements.

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    Microsoft Releases SQL Server 2012 to Help Customers Manage “Any Data, Any Size, Anywhere”

    03/06/2012 Microsoft News Center

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the latest version of the world’s most widely deployed data platform, SQL Server 2012, has released to manufacturing. SQL Server 2012 helps address the challenges of increasing data volumes by rapidly turning data into actionable business insights.

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    Microsoft Simplifies Big Data for the Enterprise

    10/24/2012 Microsoft News Center

    New Apache Hadoop-compatible solutions for Windows Azure and Windows Server enable customers to easily extract insights from big data.

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    Microsoft Server and Tool Upgrades Demand CIOs' Attention

    05/25/2012 Computerworld

    Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Visual Studio 11 undergo refresh cycle.

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    Microsoft to fold in-memory database technology into SQL Server Next

    11/07/2012 ZDNet

    Hekaton, Microsoft's coming in-memory database engine, will be built into the next version of SQL Server. Meanwhile, SQL Server 2012 SP1 is now generally available.

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    Organizations Speed Business Results w/ New Appliances from HP + Microsoft

    01/18/2011 Microsoft News Center

    New solutions for business intelligence, data warehouse, messaging and database consolidation help increase employee productivity and reduce IT complexity.

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    Review: SQL Server 2012 Stands Tall

    04/25/2012 Infoworld

    Huge HA and indexing improvements top the list of great new features in Microsoft's latest database release.

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    SharePoint 2013, Excel 2013 Previews Get BI Boost

    07/24/2012 Redmond Channel Partner

    Microsoft on Monday outlined some finer points for organizations wanting to test the business intelligence (BI) capabilities available in the SharePoint 2013 and Excel 2013 previews released last week.

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    SQL Server 2012: Raising the Bar on Database Availability

    06/05/2012 Redmond Mag

    Among many new features, Microsoft's new database management system is well-suited for applications that require uptime and portability.

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    SQL Server 2012 Review

    04/16/2012 ZDNet

    SQL Server 2012 supports everything from departmental servers to large-scale enterprise clouds. With Hadoop integration imminent there's much to be said for upgrading — if only to prepare your datacenter for big-data private clouds. Just keep an eye out for the effect of per-core licensing on your costs.

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    The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012

    11/08/2012 Forrester Research

    Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012; Microsoft received the highest scores of any vendor in Current Offering and Market Presence. Forrester notes that “cloud database offerings represent a new space within the broader data management platform market, providing enterprises with an abstracted option to support Agile development and new social, mobile, cloud, and eCommerce applications as well as lower IT costs.” While it estimates the public cloud database market at $400 million today, Forrester predicts that it will grow to $1.2 billion by 2017.

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    The Forrester Wave: Self-Service BI Platforms Q2 2012

    07/11/2012 Forrester Research

    Microsoft enables business users to look no further than Excel for self-service BI. Microsoft has built on its broad, omnipresent, SQL Server-based BI functionality, which already includes Integration Services, Reporting Services, and Analysis Services. It now offers a very respectable PowerPivot and Power View in-memory data analysis and discovery engine.

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