Author Archives: James Serra

About James Serra

James is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience.

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator

For a long time clients would ask me how to determine the cost savings by migrating their applications and databases to Azure.  I never had a good answer until now: The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Calculator.  Now in preview, just … Continue reading

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Azure Advisor

Azure Advisor is a really cool personalized recommendation engine that provides you with proactive best practices guidance on High Availability, Security, Performance and Cost when using Azure.  It is in public preview.  Learn more about Azure Advisor here. Azure Advisor … Continue reading

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Analytics Platform System 2016 Release

Microsoft has a new release for the Analytics Platform System (APS).  This appliance update is called APS 2016 and has been released to manufacturing and is now generally available.  APS is Microsoft’s scale-out Massively Parallel Processing fully integrated system for … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: PolyBase enhancements

Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception.  I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements.  Next up is the PolyBase enhancements. PolyBase is a technology that accesses and combines both … Continue reading

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Microsoft Connect(); announcements

Microsoft Connect(); is a developer event from Nov 16-18, where plenty of announcements are made.  Here is a summary of the data platform related announcements: Azure Data Lake Analytics is generally available in two datacenters in US (EMEA coming in Feb). … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: Microsoft Professional Program for Big Data

Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception.  I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements.  Next up is the Microsoft Professional Program for Big Data. A few months back, … Continue reading

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Azure SQL Server 2016 VM

With Windows Server 2016 just been released, now is the perfect time to build an Azure VM with SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016.  In a matter of minutes you can be playing and learning both platforms.  Below I will … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: SQL DW free trial

Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception.  I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements.  Next up is the free trial of Azure SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW). Azure … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: Power BI reports on-prem in SSRS

Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception.  I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements.  Next up is the technical Preview for Power BI reports on-prem in SSRS. The … Continue reading

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PASS Summit Announcements: Azure Analysis Services

Microsoft usually has some interesting announcements at the PASS Summit, and this year was no exception.  I’m writing a set of blogs covering the major announcements.  Perhaps the biggest one is the introduction of the Azure Analysis Services Public Preview (OLAP). … Continue reading

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