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Cortana - Remembering the Future
If you have ever watched the Star Trek First Contact film the crew allude to the fact that then star ship Enterprise is named after the first space shuttle, when actually it’s the other way around the first space shuttle was so named because over 2 million star trek fans lobbied NASA to call it...
2 Sep 2015
Azure Data Services for Big Data
Big data is one of those over used and little understood terms that occasionally crop up in IT. Big data has also been extensively over hyped and yet it’s a pretty simple concept that does have huge potential. A good way to describe it is the three V’s , Volume, Variability and Velocity:...
12 Jul 2015
Business Intelligence and Business Analytics One and the Same
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...
17 Jun 2015
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...
30 Apr 2015
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...
9 Apr 2015
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...
28 Nov 2014
My title for this post is a pun on the Adventure Works databases, and samples that have been in SQL Server since I can remember and pops up in the database and in analysis and reporting services. There were also some data mining examples ( as referenced in this old post ) but this has not really moved...
1 Aug 2014
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...
21 Jul 2014
Can Big Data be used to help your customers?
By Anthony Saxby , Microsoft Data Platform lead in the UK. Many commentators on big data have highlighted potential concerns around the data privacy aspects, however as we work with customers at Microsoft we’re seeing many examples of how large organisations are using big data and analytics...
3 Apr 2014
Microsoft Big Data: Hadoop auf der Microsoft Plattform
Hallo @all, auf der Strata Conference + Hadoop NYC 2012 hat das Microsoft Big Data Team die CTP veröffentlicht: 1. “Hadoop on Azure” trägt künftig den Namen: Windows Azure HDInsight Service 2. “Hadoop on Windows” ist als CTP/Preview verfügbar und trägt...
30 Oct 2012
Microsoft Big Data – HDInsight: Unser Cebit-Auftritt ist online
Hallo @all, die Cebit war eine tolle Zeit und weil es so schön war, gibt es hier die Aufzeichnungen aller Sessions: http://technet.microsoft.com/de-de/video Hauptbühne/Center Stage: CeBIT 2013 Vortrag: Work Smart mit Big Data Analytics | Microsoft MSDN/TechNet-Kino: MSDN & TechNet @ CeBIT...
5 Apr 2013
Democratize Big Data: Hadoop on Windows Server and Windows Azure
HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100% Apache compatible Hadoop distribution, supported by Microsoft. HDInsight, available both on Windows Server or as an Windows Azure service, empowers organizations with new insights on previously untouched unstructured data, while connecting to the most widely used Business...
5 Nov 2012
Experiencing Business Intelligence First Hand
Business Intelligence (BI) and its sibling Big Data are top IT industry buzzwords. But what do they mean in practice? How do business people actually benefit from them? In an attempt to bridge the gap between the hype and the reality, I spent a morning with Umair Waheed, a BI wizard at Microsoft, and...
18 Mar 2013
Guest Post: Part 3–Highly Available BI: Me , Myself and I
About Chris Chris Testa-O'Neill is a Senior Consultant for Coeo Ltd, a leading provider of SQL Server Managed Support and Consulting in the UK and Europe. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, sole author of the MCTS SQL Server 2008 Microsoft E-Learning courses and technical...
16 Jul 2012
The IT Pro Report: Big Data: Sizing Things Up
Recently IT Pro publication released a new report on Big Data… Does it represent a big opportunity or even bigger problem when it comes to your business? You can download the report here: Download the report now
31 Oct 2012
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...
23 Apr 2013
The Week that Was 2nd - 9th July
Having had a week at TechEd Europe it is no surprise that last week was a busy one full of exciting new content as well as the latest updates from the event. Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data TechEd Europe: A Video Diary Free E-Book: Inside Windows Server 2012 Consumerization and SharePoint Security...
9 Jul 2012
Case Study: Data Services Firm Uses Microsoft BI and Hadoop to Boost Insight into Big Data
Klout wanted to give consumers, brands, and partners faster, more detailed insight into hundreds of terabytes of social-network data. It also wanted to boost efficiency. To do so, Klout deployed a business intelligence solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise and Apache Hadoop. As a result...
6 Nov 2012
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