Big Data, Data Relish Services

Want to learn how to light up Big Data Analytics using Apache Spark in Azure?

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?

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What I learned from David Bowie, and Statement of Support for Wendy Pastrick for PASS Board of Directors

Firstly, I don't speak for PASS generally. Denise McInerny has already written a statement of support and you're welcome to read it. I encourage you to learn about all the candidates campaign platforms on the PASS Elections site and to vote. The voting period is Oct. 5-11. "Don't be the first to do something. Be second." -… Continue reading What I learned from David Bowie, and Statement of Support for Wendy Pastrick for PASS Board of Directors

Jen's Diary, PASS BA Conference, PASS Board of Directors

Jen’s PASS Diary: Two Pillars for Leadership

As always, I don't represent PASS. Here are my two pillars: Say Thank You. The number one item is to say 'Thank You' to people for their efforts, even if you don't like what they did. They are on a path; and so are you. Saying Thank You is the glue to healthy communities, particularly on… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: Two Pillars for Leadership

Jen's Diary

Jen’s PASS Diary: A week in the life of a PASS Non Executive Director

As always, I don't officially represent PASS here. As you will know, this week the application opens to be on the Board of Directors for PASS. I've held my post for two and a half years, and I am not up for election this time. If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to get… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: A week in the life of a PASS Non Executive Director

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Jen’s PASS Diary: The Happy Prince and the Swallow

Picture Credit: checanty Oscar Wilde was well known for his writing for adults, but he's probably less well known for his excellent children's writing, too. He tackles strong themes, and they are well worth the read for adults as well as children. In one short story, The Happy Prince, Wilde writes a rather sad tale… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: The Happy Prince and the Swallow

Community, Data Relish Services, PASS Board of Directors, SQLServerPedia Syndication

See you in Paris? Presenting at SQLSaturday Paris?

Fancy joining me in Paris? 25th June, I'll be there! The details are below.It's the place to be, to learn Microsoft Data Platform technologies e.g. Azure, Power BI, SQL Server - and there's a range of sessions for beginners to experts. Register here - http://www.sqlsaturday.com/510/eventhome.aspx  Also, a big Thank You to the SQLSaturday Paris team for having me… Continue reading See you in Paris? Presenting at SQLSaturday Paris?

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Jen’s PASS Diary: So what happened to SQLSaturday Edinburgh?

As always, I don't officially represent PASS on this post (or any other). I have been working on a lot of things, including attending a PASS Board Meeting, and doing a lot on the Business Analytics Portfolio. However, the focus of attention here is my failed SQLSaturday Edinburgh event. So what happened? The outcome is… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: So what happened to SQLSaturday Edinburgh?

Jen's Diary, PASS Board of Directors

PASS Summit Notes for my AzureML, R and Power BI Presentation

I'm going to have fun with my AzureML session today at PASS Summit! More will follow on this post later; I am racing off to the keynote so I don't have long 🙂 I heard some folks weren't sure whether to attend my session or Chris Webb's session. I'm honestly flattered but I'm not in… Continue reading PASS Summit Notes for my AzureML, R and Power BI Presentation

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Jen’s PASS Diary: I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.

Thank you for electing me for a second term as a Director-At-Large for PASS! I'm delighted to serve alongside Tim Ford (t) again. I can't emphasise this enough: Tim does an awesome job of the SQLSaturday portfolio. That. Is. Hard. Work. I'd also like to welcome Ryan J. Adams (t) as the newly elected director.… Continue reading Jen’s PASS Diary: I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks.