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
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2555

Data Science with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Microsoft SQL Server and R
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3550

What’s Next for Business Analytics in Microsoft Excel
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2566

What’s Next for Visualizations in Microsoft Office
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK3564

Microsoft BI Overview
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2556

Overview of Advanced Analytics with Machine Learning and Data Orchestration
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2569

Harnessing the Power of Hadoop: Cloud Scale with Microsoft Azure HDInsight
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2557

In-Memory Technologies Overview for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2563

Power BI Overview
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2568

Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2571

Microsoft SQL Server BI Drill Down
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2552

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Marketplace: Real-World Experience to Solve Your Business Problems
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2560

Microsoft Azure SQL Database: Overview and Customer Scenarios
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2564

Next Steps in Polybase with Dr. David Dewitt
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3565

SELECT Latest FROM Microsoft Azure DocumentDB
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2551

Advanced Analytics: Navigating Your Way There
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2567

Operational Analytics in SQL Server
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK4552

Big Data for the SQL Ninja
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2550

Cloud-Based Machine Learning for the Developer
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3560

Overview of Microsoft Analytics Platform System (APS)
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK1550

Build Hybrid Big Data Pipelines with Azure Data Factory and Azure HDInsight
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3559

Microsoft Azure DocumentDB and Azure HDInsight: Better Together
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3562

Real-Time Analytics at Scale for Internet of Things
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3555

End-to-End Business Analytics Solution: Real-World Scenario & Demo
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2559

Power BI for Developers
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3551

Planning Your Big Data Architecture on Azure
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2576

Optimizing Hadoop Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3556

Advanced Modeling and Calculations Using the Microsoft Power BI Designer
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3573

Revolution Analytics Joins Microsoft: Strange Bedfellows or a New Power Tool for Advanced Analytics
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3553

Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Deep Dive
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3569

DNA of Data-Driven Organizations: Storytelling with R, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Power BI
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2562

Scalable BI and Advanced Modeling with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services and Power Pivot
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3561

Harness Predictive Customer Churn Models with Azure Machine Learning, Data Factory, and More
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3570

What’s New in Master Data Services (MDS) and Integration Services (SSIS) in SQL Server
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK2578

Microsoft SQL Server Unplugged
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK1551

ColumnStore Index: Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and Beyond
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK4556