2 October 2017

2 October 2017

Why it’s time to think seriously about SQL Server 2017

SQL Server 2017 officially landed today and is now on general release. The latest version of the heavyweight platform is more than the sum of its parts, however, because it doesn’t just deliver new functionality. Alongside the list of extra features, it also changes two important ways we think about the platform itself. Time... Read more

28 September 2017

28 September 2017

What are the leading DevOps drivers in financial services?

DevOps is gaining ground everywhere. By offering a route to releasing software faster, with fewer errors, it can give companies which adopt it an immediate advantage. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can just buy or decide to do tomorrow. Instead, it’s a shift that needs the right guidance to become reality. But while there... Read more

20 September 2017

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20 September 2017

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The importance of bringing Python to SQL Server

When SQL Server 2017 launched, Microsoft proudly announced that it was the first relational database engine to ship with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. In the future, database servers running its software won’t just be able to store, query, and analyse data. Instead, they’ll also be able to perform machine learning, natural language, and neural... Read more

6 September 2017

6 September 2017

Discover database DevOps at Microsoft Ignite

We’re excited to be part of Microsoft Ignite this year, in sunny Orlando, Florida. In Microsoft’s own words, this is the event where ‘The community of IT professionals comes together to transform your businesses’. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about breaking announcements and plans, see the latest technology in action, and ask questions... Read more

6 September 2017

6 September 2017

Find out more about database DevOps at an event near you

DevOps has come a long way since it was first showcased in Flickr’s seminal ’10 deploys per day’ Velocity presentation in 2009. Just eight years later, it is being rapidly adopted and, as the 2017 State of DevOps Report from DORA and Puppet shows, there are big advantages for companies and organizations which embrace... Read more

29 August 2017

29 August 2017

DevOps and the database: what’s going on?

If you’re doing DevOps differently for your database and the rest of your system, there’s something wrong. There shouldn’t be a separate conversation about it, says Microsoft’s Donovan Brown. When DevOps was first talked about in Flickr’s seminal ’10 deploys per day’ Velocity presentation in 2009, it was regarded by some as strange and... Read more

23 August 2017

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23 August 2017

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Why don’t you unit test SQL Server code?

The download count of the tSQLt unit testing framework is surprisingly low, yet this outstanding open source software can revolutionize your SQL Server development process. Hopefully, this post will show the benefits of test-driven development and including automated SQL Server unit testing within your release pipeline. This simple technique can have a profound effect... Read more