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Gain expertise in SQL Server 2014 and the Microsoft data platform

Become an expert on SQL Server 2014 and the Microsoft data platform with new in-memory capabilities, faster data insights and cloud capabilities that help you simplify cloud adoption and unlock new hybrid scenarios. Access the latest resources including virtual labs, virtual events, online training, certification, and more that will enable you to make the most of your SQL Server investment.

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Featured courses

Mission Critical Performance with SQL Server 2014

Learn how SQL Server 2014 can help you improve performance speed by 10x - to-30x—using the same hardware you have today—and improve reliability.

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Platform for Hybrid Cloud with SQL Server 2014

Find out how running your data platform in a hybrid IT environment may give your organization cost benefits, with greater scale and flexibility. Learn from the experts on how to move from on-premises to the cloud one step at a time.

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Data Insights Immersion Experience

Get hands-on experience of Microsoft’s data insights platform as a key component of the Microsoft Cloud OS strategy, including the SQL Server relational databases, Microsoft Azure SQL Database, Microsoft HDInsight (Hadoop/big data), and Microsoft Power BI tools within Excel.

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Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data

Learn about Microsoft big data tools as part of the Microsoft Azure HDInsight and storage services. Learn how to create map-reduce programs and automate the workflow of processing big data jobs. SQL developers will learn how Hive can enhance productivity with Hadoop data.

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Big Data Analytics

Learn how to analyze data for your big data solutions using business intelligence tools such as Excel and Reporting Services. This includes information on predictive analytics with Excel and Apache Mahout and you’ll also learn about NoSQL tools including Azure Tables and MongoDB.

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Faster Insights to Data with Power BI

Procrte faster data insights to your organization, including Power Query, Power Map, and natural language querying with Power BI for Office 365. This full-day course is recorded live, demo-rich, and procrtes a full-day drilldown into Power BI features and capabilities.

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Microsoft Azure SQL Database

This course procrtes an overview of Microsoft Azure SQL Database for both developers and IT pros. Students will learn how to create and work with SQL Database for common scenarios. Topics include overall architecture, management and development.

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SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machine (IaaS)

Learn how to use Microsoft Azure as a hosting environment for your SQL Server virtual machines. SQL Server in Microsoft Azure VM is an easy and full-featured way to be up and running in 10 minutes with a database server in the cloud.

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SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit

SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit

Learn how to develop SQL Server 2014 databases, BI solutions, and gain insights into the new cloud capabilities to simplify cloud adoption for your SQL databases and unlock new hybrid scenarios.

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