it's crucial; if you don't have your data, then you don't have your business. And many technologies such as Artificial Intelligence or Data Science absolutely must have the data in place and the right format. So how do you choose which data source is right for your needs? Azure Data Lake, or HD Insight, or Apache Spark, or Databricks? Read and find out more.
Microsoft have shipped the docs and the start of the samples for Azure Synapse publicly. Azure Synapse is an Azure-based cloud analytics service that provides insights on all data across data warehouses and big data analytics systems.
There is a significant client side firewall change being implemented for the Microsoft Container Registry. On 3rd March, 2020, the data endpoint will change from*.cdn.mscr.io to *.data.microsoft.com. This issue only impacts customers with client firewall or VNet rules.
I conducted a workshop in Florida recently, aimed at helping people to move from Business Intelligence to Analytics. I thought I'd post the slides here. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me here. I have added some guidelines for using Power BI with marketing and sales data. These are general principles,… Continue reading Moving from Business Intelligence to Analytics?
Azure SQL Database is introducing two new features to cost-effectively migrate workloads to the cloud. SQL Database Hyperscale for single databases, available in preview, is a highly scalable service tier that adapts on demand to workload needs. It auto-scales up to 100 TB per database to significantly expand potential for app growth. What does this mean?… Continue reading Microsoft Ignite interview with Kevin Farlee on Azure SQL Database Hyperscale
Don't you think that the amount of Big Data technologies in Azure is very confusing? I've distilled some information from the official Microsoft Azure blog so it's easier to read.
Businesses struggle with many different aspects of data and technology. It can be difficult to know what technology to choose. Also, it can be hard to know where to turn, when there are so many buzzwords in the mix: analytics, big data and open source. My session at PASS Summit is essentially talking about these… Continue reading Want to learn how to light up Big Data Analytics using Apache Spark in Azure?
Joseph Sirosh's keynotes always contain amazing demos. The future is here, now. You can have this technology too.
As organizations move into a Big Data world, many projects will include a Data Lake component. What is a data lake, and how do we get our data into the Data Lake? There are many different interpretations of a Data Lake, but the interpretation given by Attunity and Hortonworks' jointly produced Data Lake Adoption and Maturity Survey Findings Report… Continue reading 5 Factors to Consider before Pouring Data in your Data Lake
As always, I don't speak for PASS. This is a braindump from the heart. I realise that we haven't communicated about BA as much as some members might like. It's a hard balance - I don't want to spam people, and I don't want to get it too light, either. If you want to sign… Continue reading Jen’s Diary: Why are PASS doing Business Analytics at all?
I organised an AzureCon viewing party tonight in Hertfordshire, with great team support from Team Awesome over at Cloudamour. We watched a total of four keynotes, running back to back for almost four hours. The keynotes were all awesome and I've blogged some learnings here. First up, was Scott Guthrie (t), igniting the keynotes and kicking… Continue reading AzureCon round up: Intelligent Cloud, Applications, Data, Infrastructure, Business Agility and Cloud Ability
How do R and Power BI fit together?Technically, it is about munging data around between R and Excel and the Power BI components. You can use RODBC to connect to data between R and SQL Server, or R and Excel. Alternatively you can import data in.Why else might you use R?Pivot Tables are not always enoughScaling… Continue reading The Data Analysts Toolkit Day 5: How do R and Power BI fit together?