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  • Blog Post: How to train your MAML – Importing data

    In my last post I split the process of using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (MAML) down to four steps: Import the data Refine the data Build a model Put the model into production. Now I want to go deeper into each of these steps so that you can start to explore and evaluate how...
  • Blog Post: Bumph or brilliance? Finding the place for Cloud in your business

    It comes as news to nobody that the IT industry is rocketing through a massive transformation, with every Marketing Exec and his dog bounding around phrases like ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Internet of Things’ as if they’re going out of fashion. However...
  • Blog Post: Just how important is ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices?

    The importance of ‘The Cloud’ in a world of connected devices. It doesn’t really matter if you are a consumer or an enterprise user. The number of devices you are likely to be using has increased from 0 or 1 to around 4 or 5 already. This is likely to increase as we consider the...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – Why it is such a killer solution?

    So imagine you are the CTO / CIO of a business (any size, it doesn’t matter from 10 people to 10,000) your clever team of developers have just implemented a top-notch line of business application (LOB) using the latest tools, on the Windows platform. The application becomes the de-facto tool for...
  • Blog Post: Why have a dog and bark yourself

    Back in the sixties my Dad worked in an IT department where there were about a hundred people just to operate the one ICL mainframe in that data centre. These operators had banks of lever arch files containing instructions to handle every aspect of the day to day running of this environment from changing...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Data Science – TechNet Catch up with Quentin Clark

    Surveillance systems, campaign trackers, sales tools, supply chain monitoring, manufacturing lines, it’s hard to think of an area of a modern business isn’t churning out reams of data. This abundance of information presents companies with one of their biggest challenges, and opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 MCSA – Halfway House

    There are two certification examinations that make up the MCSA Office 365. The background, requirements and details are listed here and are partially shown in the graphic below. In short, to certify you need to pass 70-346 and 70-347 (the 70 simply identifies the retail examination, there are other...
  • Blog Post: SAP to support its Enterprise Software in Microsoft Azure

    I guess it all started to come together with the public cloud and the Enterprise back in June last year when Microsoft and Oracle announced a partnership . I remember a few months later being at IPEXPO 2013 in London and introducing myself to a guy on the Oracle stand as a “friend”. He was a bit confused...
  • Blog Post: Event Promotion: Lunchtime in the Cloud - Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and more…

    By Steve Plank – Microsoft Technical Evangelist I’d say there’s a greater than 50:50 chance you’re confused about cloud-computing unless you’re already involved. Terms like “public cloud”, “hybrid cloud”, “Infrastructure as a Service”...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and the Emergence of the Data Scientist

    By Geoff Evelyn , SharePoint MVP owner of www.sharepointgeoff.com As the use of content management systems evolve with users adding more, ahem, "content", the organizations accountable for those content systems will need to ensure that they build in people resources who can manage that content...
  • Blog Post: Why you should take a closer look at MVP Cloud OS Online!

    By Claire Smyth , MVP Lead for UK and Ireland. The rapid rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services has provided an ever-increasing array of opportunities in IT: datacenter transformation, new data insights, people-centric IT and more modern business applications. To help IT professionals...
  • Blog Post: F1 for help

    Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1 ® HQ If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning. Some people like to read the manual...
  • Blog Post: Crisis averted! Lotus F1 Team moves their website to Windows Azure

    By Steve Plank , Microsoft Technical Evangelist “Although I was in an important planning meeting, I knew something was afoot when I saw my colleague, Dan Pilling’s, name pop up on my phone from an incoming call. He should have been boarding a plane to Seattle! A concerned voice from...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Media Services provide live and on-demand streaming of 2014 Olympic Winter Games

    By David Gristwood, Windows Azure Architect at Microsoft. Its official! - Windows Azure Media Services provide live and on-demand streaming of 2014 Olympic Winter Games – and to prove it, a big hello from Turin , where I am working with the Deltatre team: Microsoft is also working...
  • Blog Post: Careers Advice for the IT Professional

    I have to admit that I am not at all interested in football, but despite all the bad press some players get, there are many who understand how privileged they are and that they are essentially there to entertain their many loyal fans. A good example is something that Craig Bellamy said when asked about...
  • Blog Post: Start-up Stories: European start-up with $bn global ambitions shelves server farm in favour of the Cloud.

    What if you decided to sell off all of your servers and move to the Cloud? Sounds like a big step but that’s exactly what Cloudpage did, and they’ve not looked back since. We spoke to Ian Collins and Ekin Caglar to find out why… Their story started in 2010. Like a modern day...
  • Blog Post: Synchronisation von Windows Azure Active Directory mit onPremise Windows Server Active Directory

    Hi, seitdem Windows Azure Active Directory veröffentlicht wurde, habe ich viele Fragen zum Thema Synchronisation von Windows Server Active Directory mit Windows Azure Active Directory erhalten. Jetzt haben wir ein fertiges Tool zur Hand und das einrichten ist Kinderleicht. Es ist ähnlich zu dem wie man...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Virtual Network–Wie baut man ein Netzwerk in der Cloud mit eigenem DNS-Server

    Hallo @all, Ich zeige mit dem Blogpost ein Szenario wie man ein Netzwerk für die Azure Cloud plant, dieses aufbaut und wie man ein virtuelles Netzwerk in der Windows Azure Cloud mit eigene IP-Adressbereichen (inkl. DHCP-Package & DNS Server) betreiben kann. Wie es in der Welt vorkommt hat...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Analysing Twitter Data with Hadoop and Power View

    By Jen Stirrup In the first part of this blog series , we looked at how social media data is a big driver for Big Data technologies such as HDInsight. However, once it is in HDInsight, how is it possible for business users to access the data using familiar tools such as Excel? Large datasets can become...
  • Blog Post: The Week that Was 7-14 May

    Last week we had a bit of an events and training week with workshops, bootcamps and more. Workshop: SharePoint AND Custard! Effective SharePoint Requirements with Serious Games Get Free Training with Windows Azure Online Bootcamps in May Technology to Support Consumerisation: IPSec SQL Relay 2012 This...
  • Blog Post: Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October 2013

    The best infrastructure reads of the past week, including Windows Azure Pack, Virtualization, Supported OSes on Hyper-V, The Azure NOC, PowerShell to gather pref data, Windows Azure for IT Pro, MDT for servers and failover clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2. The post Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October...
  • Blog Post: Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: The allure of Azure - IaaS goes live

    By Dan Scarfe, CEO of Dot Net Solutions I remember the day clearly. It was February 25 th 2009 and I was sitting in the Platform Adoption centre in Redmond at a Software Design Review for Windows Azure . I recall us having a debate about IaaS and PaaS. Coming from a development background myself, a number...
  • Blog Post: The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!

    Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...