Windows Azure HDInsight Service

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the release of their new HDInsight Service preview for Windows Azure. HDInsight Service brings an Apache Hadoop solution to the cloud and allows users to manage, analyze and report on big data. The new preview is directly integrated into the portal and includes a number of enhancements and features such as simplified cluster deployment and the ability to deploy a cluster of up to 40 nodes.

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Win Registration to the PASS BA Conference

I wanted to give you a heads-up about a contest this week that gives you a chance to win registration to the inaugural PASS Business Analytics (BA) Conference.

About the Event
The PASS Business Analytics Conference is a professional, community-oriented gathering for business analytics professionals, which will take place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, April 10-12, 2013. The 2-day Conference features 60+ sessions across 5 topic tracks and will bring together 1,200 business analysts, data scientists, architects, and business analytics/business intelligence practitioners to connect, share, and learn. You can learn more about the PASS BA Conference at

How to Win
Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter Monday, March 11 through to Wednesday, March 13, and share how your job function is becoming more analytics focused for your chance to win one of five passes. Make sure you’re following the BA Conference on Twitter (@passbac/#passbac) and Facebook for more information.

Good luck! And even if you don’t win, you can get $200 off registration by using the Azure VC discount code BAC337VC - just remember to register by March 15 for the best rate.

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