11:FS announced that Microsoft has become a strategic partner on their Fintech Insider podcasts. Microsoft wants to be an integral part of tackling some of the biggest challenges in financial services and collaborate on topics of interest to the industry audience. 11:FS, from Fintech Insider, is the #1 business podcast for Fintech innovators, influencers, and those eager… Continue reading Want to know more about #Fintech? Fintech-friendly Microsoft have teamed up with 11:FS to support Fintech democratization of knowledge
How do you inspire girls to make choices that inspire them? How can we inspire girls to be badass and yes, it is a compliment? How do you give them role models? There is nothing worse in the world that not having any choices. So let's give our daughters the chance to have options and… Continue reading So how many badass female inventors, role models do you know? Here’s a handy starter book list to share and inspire
One of my project roles at the moment (I have a few!) is that I am architecting a major Azure implementation for a global brand. I'm also helping with the longer-term 'vision' of how that might shape up. I love this part of my job and I'm living my best life doing this piece; I… Continue reading Modelling your Data in Azure Data Lake
I'm excited to be speaking three times at the Data & BI Summit in Dublin, 24th - 26th April. It's extra special for me since it will be my first event as a Microsoft Regional Director and also after having been named one of the top 20 women in Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Machine Learning… Continue reading Azure CosmosDB, Azure Data Lake Analytics and R sessions at Microsoft Data and BI Summit BA
I am helping some people learn Data Science and we are having a ton of fun! There are lots of things to remember. So I am noting things here, in case I forget! We noted the following error message, when we saw that R was not running on our SQL Server 2017 install: 'sp_execute_external_script' is… Continue reading Issues and Resolutions in starting R and R Server on SQL Server 2017
It's been my first week as a Regional Director and I thought it would be useful to report back on what I've learned so far. Firstly, many existing RDs and Microsoft team members have been in touch to welcome me and it's been such a nice experience. They are all incredibly nice. I feel I'm… Continue reading First week as a Microsoft Regional Director – what did I learn?
I am now a Microsoft Regional Director! I have a lot of people to thank and I'm still overwhelmed and digesting the news. I want to do a really good job of this role and it's a real gift. I understand it's a mark of people's faith in me and I don't want to let… Continue reading Microsoft Regional Director and setting an example with diversity and inclusion
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Over the weekend, I nominated another two people for the MVP Award. It's possible that they will not be awarded, of course; I have no influence on the process. I like to nominate people; if they aren't put forward for an Award, then they will never get it, but I always hope that they do. Why not… Continue reading Nominating MVPs; growing the tech community via the MVP Program
I was very pleased to appear on the Izenda website along with five other Business Intelligence experts, discussing the past, present and future of self-service Business Intelligence. I was delighted and honoured to appear with luminaries such as Wayne Eckerson, John Myers, Kevin Smith, Rich Ghiossi, and Ron Powell. Self-service Business Intelligence is a… Continue reading Past and Future of Self-Service Business Intelligence
Cloud computing, such as Azure, can be a great leveler and enabler for people stepping into technology, regardless of ability. Diversity and Inclusion are important for a healthy environment.
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