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SQL Server 2016: Broader Access, Better Reporting, Faster Analytics

Microsoft wants to make it easier for businesses to use their data. Otherwise, what’s the point? In SQL Server 2016 you’ll find a virtual tool chest full of features, all with one primary goal: unlocking your data and helping you create new ways of analyzing, visualizing and sharing it.
Building data-rich biz apps
The advent of machine learning and natural language processing made it easier to analyze unstructured data. The challenge was effectively integrating it with structured data, leading to more meaningful discoveries.
Enter SQL Server PolyBase, a feature in SQL Server 2014 that was specific to the Microsoft Analytics Platform System, through which you could access data in a Hadoop Distributed File System. With SQL Server 2016 we cut the strings, making it possible to query data in Hadoop, as well as Azure Blob Storage. Now you can combine the results of your…

Overview of New SQL Server 2016 Developer Features

Every new version of SQL Server is packed with new features, and SQL Server 2016 is no exception. In this blog post, I briefly describe the major new developer focused features introduced in SQL Server 2016, which just launched on June 1. I’ll cover many of these features in greater depth, in upcoming posts.
• Drop If Exists is a small but convenient language enhancement which helps you write neater T-SQL code, because you no longer need to test if an object exists before deleting it.
• SESSION_CONTEXT gives you a dictionary object that maintains its state across the lifetime of the database connection, so it’s a new easy way to share state across stored procedures running on the server, and even to share state between the client and the server.
• With Dynamic Data Masking, or DDM, you can shield sensitive information…

SQL Server 2016 for Developers: Data is the new Electricity

In the beginning of June, Microsoft released SQL Server 2016. With it, they are delivering an end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission critical intelligence for your most demanding applications as well as data insights on any device.
SQL Server 2016 is ideal for:

Mission critical intelligent applications delivering real-time operational intelligence by combining built-in advanced analytics and in-memory technology without having to move the data or impact end-user performance.
Enterprise scale data warehousing with enhanced in-memory column store that increases query performance by over 100x vs disk-based solutions. With SQL Server 2016, you can also access optimized MPP scale-out software that can be combined with scale-out appliance architecture with our Analytics Platform System (APS).
Applications requiring the highest levels of security with new Always Encrypted technology that protects your data at rest and in motion without impacting database performance.
Comprehensive business intelligence solutions on…