This past May 4 – 8 in Chicago was the Microsoft Ignite 2015 Conference. I unfortunately was not able to attend but was certainly looking forward to all the session material being available and posted on Channel 9.

Some enhancements and new features coming SQL Server 2016 were announced:
– Stretch Database
– Native JSON support
– PolyBase
– Enhancements to Master Data Services and SSIS
– Always Encrypted
– Operational Analytics
– In database analytics with R-Integration
– Azure SQL Data Warehouse

I strongly recommend you keep updated by reading the following Data Platform Blogs and watch the Day 1 Microsoft Ignite Keynote

SQL Server 2016 public preview is coming this summer. To not be left out and stay informed please sign up here and don’t forget to also signup for Power BI Preview

So in no particular order I have quickly put together a list of sessions that are of interest to me and that will consume most of my upcoming evenings and weekends…

NoSQL on Microsoft Azure: An introduction

Data Science with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft SQL Server and R

What’s Next for Business Analytics in Microsoft Excel

What’s Next for Visualizations in Microsoft Office

Microsoft BI Overview

Overview of Advanced Analytics with Machine Learning and Data Orchestration

Harnessing the Power of Hadoop: Cloud Scale with Microsoft Azure HDInsight

In-Memory Technologies Overview for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure

Power BI Overview

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview

Microsoft SQL Server BI Drill Down

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Marketplace: Real-World Experience to Solve Your Business Problems

Microsoft Azure SQL Database: Overview and Customer Scenarios

Next Steps in Polybase with Dr. David Dewitt

SELECT Latest FROM Microsoft Azure DocumentDB

Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There

Operational Analytics in SQL Server

Big Data for the SQL Ninja

Cloud-Based Machine Learning for the Developer

Overview of Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)

Build Hybrid Big Data Pipelines with Azure Data Factory and Azure HDInsight

Microsoft Azure DocumentDB and Azure HDInsight: Better Together

Real-Time Analytics at Scale for Internet of Things

End-to-End Business Analytics Solution: Real-World Scenario & Demo

Power BI for Developers

Planning Your Big Data Architecture on Azure

Optimizing Hadoop Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Advanced Modeling and Calculations Using the Microsoft Power BI Designer

Revolution Analytics Joins Microsoft: Strange Bedfellows or a New Power Tool for Advanced Analytics

Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Deep Dive

DNA of Data-Driven Organizations: Storytelling with R, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Power BI

Scalable BI and Advanced Modeling with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Power Pivot

Harness Predictive Customer Churn Models with Azure Machine Learning, Data Factory, and More

What’s New in Master Data Services (MDS) and Integration Services (SSIS) in SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server Unplugged

ColumnStore Index: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Beyond