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Hi there,

Welcome to the April 2016 newsletter from Australia's leading SQL Server Consultants, Trainers and Business Intelligence specialists.

SQL Server leads the industry on security, performance, and price. This is demonstrated as shown by the leadership in four of the Gartner Magic Quadrant reports: Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems, Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics, Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms and leading in vision in the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms.

To prove that there is no equal to SQL Server for your data platform and analytical requirements you can move your Oracle databases to SQL Server and receive the necessary licenses for FREE.  Why not take advantage of this offer and get a database solution from the demonstrated leader. If you would like to know more about this offer then contact WARDY IT Solutions and enable success for your organisation.

WARDY IT Solutions has been recognised as one of Australia’s leading Microsoft Power BI Partners. This recognition is based on numerous successful implementations of Power BI that have delivered business value and provided rich visualisations and insights.

You can stay updated on all the latest WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server news on Facebook & Twitter.


Peter Ward
Managing Director
WARDY IT Solutions

SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate 3

The fourth and final SQL Server 2016 release candidate, SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 3, is now available for download.  This Release Candidates represent important milestones in the release of SQL Server 2016, as the product is now essentially feature complete which means that a very rich set of capabilities is now available. You can download the Release Candidate from here.

SQL Server on Linux

Built on SQL Server 2016, SQL Server on Linux gives you the power to build and deploy intelligent applications on a single data management and business analytics platform.  Take advantage of SQL Server’s low total cost of ownership, your existing tools and skills and new innovations battle-tested in the cloud. To find out more about SQL Server on Linux refer to here.

Embed Power BI in your applications with Power BI Embedded

At the recent Build conference Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Power BI Embedded.  This service gives application developers the ability to build powerful applications, leveraging the Power BI service to deliver the stunning, interactive data visualizations and insights within applications. To find out more about this new service refer to here.

Stretch Database in SQL Server 2016

As organizations continue to accumulate massive amounts of data in their transactional systems much of it eventually becomes cold and therefore infrequently accessed.  Overtime individual tables can grow to millions or billions of rows and up to terabytes in size.  Stretch Database in SQL Server 2016 allows users to keep as much data as they need, for as long as they need, without incurring business service level agreement (SLA) risks or the high costs of enterprise storage. Unlike typical cold data solutions, by leveraging the endless storage and compute capacity of Azure and SQL Server 2016 your data is always online and most applications don’t require changes. To find out more about Stretch Database refer to here.

Power BI Quick Insights

Quick Insights is a new capability in Power BI that allows you to automatically search datasets uploaded to Power BI for hidden insights.  To find out more about how you can use Quick Insights to discover correlations, outliers, trends, seasonality, change points in trends, and major factors right from the dashboard tiles refer to here.

SQL Server Healthcheck

Does your SQL Server environment need a Healthcheck? The WARDY IT Solutions SQL Server Healthcheck is designed to review and verify the implementation of common SQL Server Best Practices. Our Database Healthcheck includes all the usage and administration aspects of a SQL Server database, ensuring that your SQL Servers are managed and operated well. Our approach is to analyse the total health of your SQL Server environment and highlight areas of concern, providing recommendations to improve the health and performance of your database environment. Find out more details on our SQL Server Healthcheck here.

R Tools for Visual Studio

R is decidedly the most popular statistical/data analysis language in use today. R Tools for Visual Studio brings together the power of R and Visual Studio in a convenient and easy to use plug-in that’s free and Open Source. To find out more about this plugin refer to here.

End of Extended Support for SQL Server 2005

Extended support for SQL Server 2005 ended on April 12, 2016. If you are still running SQL Server 2005 you will no longer receive security updates. Now is the time to upgrade to SQL Server 2014 and Azure SQL Database to achieve breakthrough performance, maintain security and compliance, and optimize your data platform infrastructure. To find out more about your options and how to upgrade from SQL Server 2005 refer to this page or contact WARDY IT Solutions today.

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