There were a number of announcements across Azure Data + AI at Microsoft Ignite, and Im delighted to say that I had the opportunity to interview Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Data at Microsoft, and Eric Boyd, Corporate Vice President, AI at Microsoft. In the interview, Rohan Kumar and Eric Boyd give their opinions and thoughts to… Continue reading Microsoft Ignite interview with Executive Team on #ArtificialIntelligence, #Data, #OpenSource and #Cloud
This blog post title was initially titled 'Why I disregarded PowerApps but now I radically changed my mind'. I changed my mind and I now think that PowerApps is a very powerful tool and basically it does a lot of the app form functions that Access does but way better. I get it now and… Continue reading Why I changed my mind about #PowerApps and became a fan… and why you should, too
Does Microsoft have to prove it's not another IBM? I read this article from the Verge, which suggested that Microsoft would have to prove that it's not another IBM. The article suggests that 'Microsoft is increasingly focusing its efforts on businesses rather than consumers', evidenced by the Windows demos being relegated to Day Two. In… Continue reading Why Microsoft does not need to prove it’s another IBM: Work is what we do, not where we are.
Now I'm part of the Regional Director Program, I've decided to learn more broadly about some of the great things that Microsoft do in order to be a diverse and conscious organization. I was interested to read about the Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA), which is aimed at veterans with career skills required for today’s growing… Continue reading TIL: Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA) for veterans
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
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
After seven years as an MVP, I'm still starry-eyed because I'm privileged to be part of the program. Thank you Microsoft for having me to the MVP party, and for providing me with this great award. I'll continue to strive to be worthy of your trust and acknowledgement. If you're attending MVP Summit for the… Continue reading 10 Golden Rules of MVP Summit
Many people, including myself, have discussed CRISP-DM in detail. However, I didn't feel totally comfortable with it, for a number of reasons which I list below. Now I had raised a problem, I needed to find a solution and that's where the Microsoft Team Data Science Process comes in. Read on for more detail! What… Continue reading What’s wrong with CRISP-DM, and is there an alternative?
As you will know, I have been working extremely hard on the UK Power BI Summit. One thing to note: If you are thinking of setting up a community event, I would recommend that you engage with Microsoft as a vendor. It will put your conversations on a more equal footing. I am still not… Continue reading Microsoft Vendor process – some issues and how I resolved them
The Prodigal Developers Return: SQL Server 2016 SP1 brings consistent programming surface to Developers and ISVs
I blogged over at my 'official' company blog about strategic considerations regarding Digital Transformation. There is a lot of messaging directed at sales, partners and CEO level conversations. For the techies, however, how does the strategy translate into a technical implementation that you can actually deliver, to facilitate Digital Transformation within the organisation? In other… Continue reading WPC Day One: Translating Digital Transformation into Solutions
In this series, I'm writing a bunch of very practical posts on helping you through an IoT project. There are plenty of other posts about the 'why' and the marketing buzz, but this is about the 'do'. If you are using Azure, the chances are that you might be a Microsoft Partner already. There are… Continue reading sMy handy toolkit for my Azure IoT Project – how the Microsoft Partner Network can help