May 2018 Roundup

May 2018 Roundup

The nucleus of any digital transformation project is a modern data platform to enable data-driven decisions. However, over 50% of SQL Server instances deployed are SQL Server 2008 R2 or earlier.

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a new capability of Azure SQL Database which allows existing SQL Server customers to lift and shift their on-premises applications to the cloud – modernising the data estate with minimal application and database changes. Managed Instance encompasses the benefits of PaaS including automatic patching, version updates, backups and high-availability, drastically reducing management overhead and TCO.

To find out more about how Managed Instance can assist with your digital transformation WARDY IT Solutions is offering a free ½ day modernisation assessment. Sign up here to schedule a workshop for your organisation.

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance is a new deployment option that streamlines the migration of SQL Server workloads to a fully managed database service providing the control of an IaaS environment and the capability of PaaS without the need for the extensive application re-engineering. We’ve developed the Azure Managed Instance Quickstart to help our customers make the most of this new flavour of Azure SQL Database. Schedule a workshop here.

A proactive approach to database management

Organisations who experience rapid growth often face the challenge of doing more with less. Anthony Bolack, National IT Manger at Onsite Rental Group, faced this head on. With the help of the Virtual DBA service, Onsite Rentals have increased efficiency, boosted team moral and improved ROI – without having to worry about their database environment. Download case study.

6 signs you need a SQL Server Healthcheck

With 15 years of DBA experience under his belt, Data Platform consultant Darren Dawson knows a health check rarely makes it on to the ‘to-do’ section of the scrum board. In his latest blog post, Darren details the most common signs of a long overdue healthcheck. A must read for organisations wishing to stay out of the news for data breaches. Read more.

Breakfast Session in Adelaide

Due to to popular demand, we’re hosting another breakfast session, this time in Adelaide on 29th June. Azure Managed Instance provides the control of an IaaS environment and the capability of PaaS without the need for the extensive application re-engineering.

In this session, you’ll learn how the latest flavour of Azure SQL Database helps streamline the migration of SQL Server workloads to a fully managed database service. Register here.

Total Economic Impact of SQL Server

Forrester Consulting has conducted a Total Economic Impact (TEI) analysis of enterprises upgrading from older versions of SQL Server. In this study, Forrester delivers a deep assessment of benefits, costs, and risks associated with moving to a newer version of SQL Server. Key takeaways include quantified and unquantified benefits and overhead considerations.

Power BI Training in Hobart

This July/August, we are running two public training courses and a workshop in Hobart:

Workshop: Dashboard in a Day

Course: Power BI Essentials

Course: 20778 Analyzing Data with Power BI

Spaces are limited so be sure to book online to secure your place.

Azure Databricks Webinar

In this free webinar learn how your organisation can accelerate data-driven innovation with Azure Databricks. Azure Databricks is a fast, easy-to-use, collaborative Apache Spark–based analytics platform. Designed in collaboration with the creators of Apache Spark, it combines the best of Databricks and Azure to help you accelerate innovation. Register for the webinar.