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Azure Data Community

Welcome to the Azure Data Community. Below, you’ll find user groups and resources related to SQL Server, Azure Data, and diversity and inclusion.


To empower our community, we are providing you with some resources to help you continue to connect with one another, learn and develop your skills, and grow in your careers.

Community-created resources

Below are community-created resources related to data from edge, to on-premises, to cloud, to multi-cloud.

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Podcasts Blogs Websites and forums Videos and recordings

Decompose.IO with Tillmann Eitelberg

Decompose.IO is a German language bi-weekly podcast around Microsoft data and cloud topics, where different experts are interviewed about their specialized topics.

SQL Server Radio with Guy Glantser and Eitan Blumin

SQL Server Radio is a podcast for SQL Server DBAs, database developers, architects, system administrators, and anyone else who is interested in the SQL Server platform. The show is intended to add another platform of knowledge sharing to the already strong SQL Server community.

SQL Down Under with Greg Low

SQL Down Under is a podcast for SQL Server professionals. In each show, Microsoft MVP and RD Greg Low interviews a well-known identity from the SQL Server or data communities.

RunAsRadio with Richard Campbell

RunAs Radio is a weekly podcast for IT Professionals working with Microsoft products. Each 30-minute episode covers a specific topic in the field of IT from a Microsoft-centric viewpoint.

Data Driven with Frank La Vigne and Andy Leonard

Data Driven is a podcast that explores the emerging field of Data Science. Bringing the best minds in Data, Software Engineering, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence right to you.

Knee-Deep in Tech

Knee-Deep in Tech is a bi-weekly(-ish) podcast covering IT and technology, focusing on the Microsoft stack, hosted by 3 MVPs & MCTs with over 35 years of IT infrastructure experience between them.

Totally Skewed

Totally Skewed, the podcast devoted to everything Data and AI. We are looking to put the world to rights, cut through the hype, give you the opinionated view of the state of tech and try to see if we are indeed, all totally skewed.

Check out data community events and webcasts

Microsoft-created resources

Below are resources related to data from edge, to on-premises, to cloud, to multi-cloud.

SQL Server Azure SQL Cosmos DB Azure Arc-enabled data services Azure Synapse

SQL Server and Azure Databases Tech Communities

Connect with Microsoft Engineering and other members of the community in message boards and access additional resources.

SQL Server and Azure SQL Labs and Workshops

Get hands-on experience with SQL Server and Azure SQL with labs and workshops created by Microsoft Engineering, hosted on GitHub.

Introducing SQL Server 2019

Learn how to modernize your on-premises databases with this free Packt e-book.

SQL Server 2019 technical white paper

Learn how to enhance the security, performance, and availability of your data workloads.

SQL Server 2022 Data Sheet

Get an overview of what’s new in SQL Server 2022 including Azure-enabled governance, analytics, and disaster recover, enhanced security and accelerated query performance.

What’s new in SQL Server 2022 Mechanics Video

Bob Ward covers the latest features of SQL Server 2022 including Azure-enablement, and next-generation built-in query intelligence with parameter sensitive plan optimization.

Announcing SQL Server 2022 preview blog

Check out the blog post by Peter Carlin – Microsoft CVP, Azure Database Services introducing SQL Server 2022 preview: Azure-enabled with continued performance and security innovation.

Data Exposed Series on SQL Server 2022

Join Anna Hoffman and SQL Server 2022 engineering leaders as they explore the features and benefits you can look forward to in this latest release.

Diversity & inclusion resources

General Questions


Azure Data includes SQL Server, Azure SQL, Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Arc enabled data servicesAzure data governance, and other data-related Azure services.

Please fill out this survey.

Please contact the Azure Data Community team by filling out this survey.

You must have at least one group leader and one designated co-leader.

Both the leader and designated co-leader must sign and accept the T&Cs.

Group leaders may not charge other members a fee to attend Group meetings, except in cases in which the venue and/or hosting costs (e.g., food and beverages) are passed through to members.

Yes, Groups must maintain a published code of conduct that is easily accessible from the Group’s home page. See guidance.

You must maintain a regular meeting cadence including having meetings at least SIX (6) times per year.

At least half of your meetings must relate to or cover Azure Data products & services or relate to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) or Professional Development targeted to data professionals.

SQL Server (on Windows, Linux, and in Containers, on-premises and in Microsoft Azure)

Azure Arc Enabled Data Services

Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Data Catalog

Azure Data Lake

Azure Database for MySQL

Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Azure Databricks

Azure HDInsight, Hadoop and Spark on Azure

Azure Purview

Azure Search

Azure SQL (Database, Pools, Serverless, Hyperscale, Managed Instance, Virtual Machines)

Azure SQL Edge

Azure Stream Analytics

Azure Synapse Analytics

Big Data Clusters

Cortana Intelligence Suite

Data Warehousing (Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Fast Track and APS)

Information Management (ADF, SSIS, and Data Sync)

SQL Server Machine Learning Services

SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services

Yes, all groups must comply with the Program's Code of Conduct. See CoC.

All group must adhere to Microsoft’s Trademark and Brand guidelines, when using any Microsoft trademarks or referring to Microsoft’s software, products or services. See guidelines.

You may choose to remove the Group from the Program at any time by referencing the information here. If the Group leaves the Program, it will no longer receive related communications from Microsoft and no longer have access to Benefits.

You may stop being the group leader, or may make leadership changes at any time by providing Microsoft with at least 14 days’ written notice, via email at ms-data@microsoft.com. In order for the Group to continue as part of the Program without suspension, the notification to Microsoft must identify the new group leader or co-leader.

Your participation in the Program does not create a partnership, agency or employer-employee relationship with Microsoft or any of its suppliers. Neither you nor the Group will make any statements on behalf of Microsoft or its suppliers about Microsoft or its suppliers, or any of Microsoft’s or its suppliers’ products or services.

Yes. Failure to meet any of the Program requirements throughout the duration of the Group’s participation may result in the Group’s removal from the Program. We may also remove the Group or suspend the Group’s participation in the Program at any time if we suspect that the Group has violated any of these T&Cs. Unless Microsoft believes an immediate suspension is required, Microsoft will provide you reasonable notice before removing the Group from the Program.


Prohibited Uses


You or the Group will not use the Program:

  1. To try to gain unauthorized access to or disrupt any Microsoft or third-party service, device, data, account or network.
  2. To financially enrich yourself, any member of the Group, or any third party.
  3. In a way prohibited by law, regulation, governmental order or decree.

If you would like to remove your group from the Azure Tech Groups program, you can initiate that process by emailing ms-data@microsoft.com. By withdrawing from the program, all program benefits and communications for your group will be terminated.

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