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  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services for Predictive Analytics

    In my last post I hopefully explained that business intelligence works very well on Azure and with new services like the Azure Data Warehouse and Power BI (Not strictly part of Azure but a Microsoft online service). However while BI is good at showing some trends and how a limited number of factors affect...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – the Final Part (3) ….. at last

    And Finally….. Not my final post but the final part in my Azure RemoteApp series. First, many apologies for the delay, the day job is getting hectic. I have been evangelizing, demonstrating and using Azure RemoteApp for almost a year now and like most Azure services this one has developed and...
  • Blog Post: Staying in the Pink

    Like a lot of older phrases the original use of “In the Pink” 1 has been lost but is associated with being on top form and in good condition. When I apply this term to data I tend to associate with a good friend of mine Allan Mitchell who is one of the MVP’s behind SQL Bits with a penchant...
  • Blog Post: Learn at Work with the TechDays Online Azure Special

    As part of Learning at Work Week this week, we have and will be continuing to share lots of great learning resources to help you be successful with your learning. To continue this we want to highlight a great free online event coming up which you may be interested in attending to help you get trained...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services for Business Intelligence

    A little known fact the biggest workload on Azure VM’s (aka IaaS) is .. SQL Server. This might seem odd give that there is a SQL Azure service where you can run SQL Server database without worrying about SQL Server itself. So what’s going on here? There are a few possible options: ...
  • Blog Post: A busy year ahead with nano server.

    I have spent the last two weeks doing my normal day job(s) and also pretty much working double shifts by watching along with our /Build and Ignite conferences. The several Keynote sessions were as polished, impressive and exciting as we have come to expect. What has surprised me is just how many of our...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Learning is Key to Progressing

    Amy Nicholson is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft specialising in Data Science & Cloud Gaming. She's always keen to share experiences and expertise in data and technology; online and at events. Continuous learning is the key to progressing within any industry and this is truer than ever...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Mobile Dev/Test Datacentre?

    Colin Chaplin is a freelance Infrastructure Architect who helps large organisations transform Microsoft-based infrastructure. Like many of you, I’m incredibly mobile and other than my home office, don’t actually have a fixed base. My work also encompasses a vast variety of technology,...
  • Blog Post: How moving to the cloud can benefit your career

    Alan Richards has been working in the IT industry for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. Alan is the founder and director of Edutechnow Ltd a SharePoint & Office 365 strategy and delivery company. Alan is also a regular speaker & blogger and has been a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Updated: What did I miss at BUILD 2015? A Summary of Announcements

    I think it's fair to say it's been a pretty busy 24 hours for our colleagues over in the US! Whilst we were making our way home from what could have been any other Wednesday, our American counterparts and several thousand guests were settling in for a keynote session full of exciting announcements...
  • Blog Post: How to get the skills you need for a modern IT universe

    Alan Richards has been working in the IT industry for over 17 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. Alan is the founder and director of Edutechnow Ltd a SharePoint & Office 365 strategy and delivery company. Alan is also a regular speaker & blogger and has been a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Azure-ing your future Cloud career

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. One of the quickest and most effective ways...
  • Blog Post: Winning clients’ trust and safeguarding their data

    This is the first article in a series of Customer Tech Stories. Here we find out how one company ( BESecureMail ) have utilised Azure to provide a scalable, resilient and European Data Directive compliant solution to safeguarding their client' data. Introduction Approximately 145 billion emails...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services–what are they?

    This might be a recurring theme but worth mentioning again - Azure continues to change and expand at an alarming rate. On the one hand this is simply scale, for example we now have access to bigger compute resources like the G class virtual machines, ever cheaper storage, and higher and higher limits...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure – Changing the face of certification. (Or why Second Shot is Essential)

    Followers of this blog will know that I am pretty quick to take new certification exams produced by Microsoft. There are several reasons for this ranging from occupational hazard as an MCT to the fact that it is often, in my opinion the best time to take and pass these tests. Nothing supports the...
  • Blog Post: Why is my flight late? A worked example of changing your thinking as new technology arrives

    Many of us have flown and many of us have have been held up by a late flight which is annoying for us, expensive for the airline, and a potential safety issue for air traffic controllers juggling to get aircraft landing slots. So what causes flights to be late? To answer that we might take a look...
  • Blog Post: Latest Free eBooks

    Last week we announced the release of our newest free eBooks on: Microsoft System Center: Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking Microsoft System Center: Software Update Manager Field Experience Azure Automation: Microsoft Azure Essentials We’ve compiled...
  • Blog Post: In demand Cloud Skills for 2015

    Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training , a Microsoft Gold Learning Partner. He has worked in the IT training and certification industry for the past 3 years. He is a tech enthusiast with experience working with SharePoint, Windows Server and Windows desktop. Research from the Cloud Industry Forum suggests...
  • Blog Post: Fusing Cloud and the Internet of Things

    Oleksandr Matviishyn is a Software Engineer at SoftServe, Inc . He has 4 years of experience in mobile, web and cross – platform development. Being involved in researches related to mobile and cutting edge technologies, Oleksandr also works with Healthcare, Enterprise and Security oriented solutions...
  • Blog Post: Keep your Head in the Cloud!

    Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe , a leading global software application development and consulting company, and a regular blogger on the SoftServe United blog . Vadym has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations...
  • Blog Post: My Favourite Band….

    When I was growing up and enjoying being a spotty teenager I could never settle on one favourite band.I finally compromised with two from completely opposite ends of the spectrum. Dr Feelgood and Blondie Both these bands gave me several important benefits as a teenager....
  • Blog Post: What kind of data person are you?

    I have been working with data in one form or another since 1991, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a DBA, data scientist or a developer so what am I, and am I alone? I spent ten of those years doing business intelligence and most of that was working with databases, designing systems data marts, and analytical...
  • Blog Post: Convincing Decision Makers to Adopt Cloud Computing

    Rick Delgado feels blessed to have had a successful career in the tech industry and has recently taken a step back to pursue his passion of writing. He's started doing freelance writing where he occasionally works with tech companies like Dell Computers . He enjoys writing about new technologies...
  • Blog Post: Machine Learning for the Business Intelligence developer

    Amy (the other half of the data duo in our team) and I have been gate crashing the Data Culture series and other events recently to see who’s interested in Azure Machine Learning (MAML) . It turns out that data scientists are pretty comfortable using their own tools and scripts be that in R and...
  • Blog Post: Unlocking the value of System Center.

    I have just returned from another series of UK IT Camps, this time at our London Headquarters in Victoria. They were well attended and it was a pleasure to meet so many @TechNetUK Twitter followers as well as some old friends, MVP’s and members of the UK Microsoft Technology Community Council...