Grab your free electronic copy of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 from Microsoft Press.  This is a great resource to learn about the new features in SQL Server 2012.

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 includes 10 chapters:


1.   SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements

2.   High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements

3.   Performance and Scalability

4.   Security Enhancements

5.   Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements


6.   Integration Services

7.   Data Quality Services

8.   Master Data Services

9.   Analysis Services and PowerPivot

10.   Reporting Services

You can pick up the Kindle version for free here:  Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 (Kindle)

If you prefer the paperback version you can get it here:  Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (paperback)

Pragmatic Works is offering a series of free webcasts during the month of March on a variety of database and BI topics.  You can check the full details on their website.

  • Topic: Performance Tuning SSIS
  • Topic: Introduction to SharePoint BI
  • Topic: Create a Virtual Online Learning Environment for your Organization
  • Topic: SSIS Log Providers Demystified
  • Topic: ColumnStore Indexes
  • Topic: Advanced SSAS
  • Topic: Performance Tips and Tricks with SQL Server
  • Topic: Mastering Date-Time Based Analysis in DAX
  • Topic: Test Driven Development (TDD) in C# using NUnit
  • Topic: Data Quality Services 2012

These are definitely worth their cost (free) if you have a few spare hours.

Pragmatic Works is offering a series of free webcasts during the month of February on a variety of database topics.  You can check the full details on their website.

  • Topic: SQL Server 2012 SSIS: New and Improved Features [Feb 2, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: SQL Azure and SqlBulkCopy [Feb 7, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Moving On Up: Positioning Your Resume Above Your Competition [Feb 9, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Chart Anatomy 101 [Feb 14, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Building Your First Tabular Model [Feb 16, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Beginning Development for Business – Part 4: Running in the Halls [Feb 21, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Microsoft Big Data and Apache Hadoop [Feb 23, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]
  • Topic: Managing SSIS in Denali [Feb 28, 2012, 11:00AM EDT]

I have attended several of these in the past and they are generally well worth the time to attend.