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  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services for (near) Real Time Scenarios

    Light years takes about 8 and half minutes to get from the surface sun to the earth and it can actually take a photon 20,000 years to get form the core of the sun to the surface. On earth that means that if the sun stops shining we wont know about it until eight and a half minutes after and begs the...
  • 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: 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: Azure Machine Learning – General Availability

    Today Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (MAML)goes from preview to general availability and it’s also undergone quite a few changes on the way. Before I get into what’s new (and there is quite a lot) I do occasionally get feedback that Azure services are evolving too quickly for everyone...
  • Blog Post: How to train your maml – Publishing your work

    Before I get into my next post you may have noticed that ML has changed compared with a few weeks ago -the main page previews experiments differently, and the visualization of data has also changed.. One other problem hit me and that was some of the parts of my demo experiment didn’t work...
  • Blog Post: Five Ways Cloud Could Benefit Your Business

    Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe Inc. , a leading global software application development and consulting company, and has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations optimization . As today`s businesses...
  • Blog Post: Azure ML - a Mindshift for Business Intelligence professionals

    This article was commissioned by Jen Stirrup a SQL Server fan and Microsoft MVP with a passion for Business Intelligence and Data Virtualisation. On the 12 th of November, Jen will be speaking on the topic of ‘Azure ML – a Mindshift for Business Intelligence professionals’ at Future...
  • Blog Post: Future Decoded – with Data Science

    If you have been following my posts on Microsoft’s approach to data science with things like Machine Learning you’ll realise that it’s capable of making predictions. However to be honest it’s not going to tell you what devices and career you’ll have in five years time. To...
  • Blog Post: How to train your MAML

    In this fourth post in my Azure Machine Learning series we are actually going to do the training itself. I have tidied up my experiment from last time to get rid of the modules to export data to SQL Azure as that has now served it’s purpose .. Before we get stuck into training there’s...
  • Blog Post: How to train your MAML – Looking at the data in SQL Azure

    In my last post we saw how to clean, transform and join datasets. I also mentioned I had trouble doing the join at all and even now it’s not quite right so how can we look at the data and find out what’s going on. The visualisation option only shows a few rows of the 2 million in the dataset...
  • Blog Post: How to Train your MAML– Refining the data

    In my last post we looked at how to load data into Microsoft Azure Machine Learning using the browser based ML Studio. We also started to look at the data around predicting delayed flights and identified some problems with it and this post is all about getting the data into the right shape to ensure...
  • 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: Adventure Works!

    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...
  • 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: SQL Server 2012 editions and dependencies

    You may have seen that there are going to be some changes to the way SQL Server 2012 is licensed and the editions available, if you haven’t then the detail is here . What I want to cover off in this post is what the various new features depend on ...read more
  • Blog Post: The Future of Microsoft BI

    PASS collided with TechEd Berlin this year so I only got to see all the Denali announcements, on the video streams. Business intelligence (BI) is once again front and centre and while there are significant improvements to scale and performance, the main effort has been to improve agility and ease of...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence for the Private Cloud part 1

    If you have looked at any of the new components of System Center 2012 you may have noticed that everyone seems to have a bunch of reports, some of them have data marts or data warehouses and some of them have analytics in the form of analysis services cubes.  Apart from the confusion over when to...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Something So Strong – Completing the High Availability BI Infrastructure

    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 reviewer...
  • Blog Post: The week that was on the UK TechNet blog - 24-28 January

    That’s all for another week, folks. Here’s what the TechNet team’s been gassing about over the last five days: Microsoft Business Intelligence Seminar 2011 A Day in the Life of David Lynch, Microsoft Senior Support Engineer Win with the Windows 7 deployment learning portal Tech.Days online – live webinars...
  • Blog Post: HD Insight

    Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center . ,  So extending this approach...
  • Blog Post: From reports to insight: How Microsoft’s Finance team is benefiting from Microsoft business intelligence technology

    Business intelligence sounds like something every company would want, but what does it mean in practice? We spoke to Paul Marten, Senior Finance Controller for Microsoft’s UK Business and Support unit to find out how he is using Microsoft’s own BI software to transform the role of finance. Over the last...
  • Blog Post: Application Platform Knowledge Hub

    Albert Einstein once remarked that you don’t need to remember everything, you just needed to remember where to look.  When it comes to learning about Microsoft products this can sometimes be harder than it ought to be and what resources there are ...read more
  • Blog Post: What’s good in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services

    This is a guest post by Allan Mitchell MVP, and one of the top speakers at SQL Bits   The launch of SQL Server 2012 is not too far away and the SQL Server team have been hard at work adding new functionality and also improving upon existing features ...read more
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...