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So you want to be a Data Scientist

In the dark days of the last millennium data scientists were serious statisticians using exotic hardware, expensive software and were largely isolated from the rest of the organisations they worked for.  Today the cloud and open source languages like R & Python have made this technology available to anyone curious enough to be interested in… Read more

PowerShell for taming Azure

Have you got your subscription under control particularly if you are on MSDN or a smaller budget and it’s just you or a small team using it?  If you aren’t sure  then read on; else Coffee. Here’s the problem we all forget to turn stuff off or kill it when we don’t need it which… Read more

Data, no use at all without a catalog

About a decade a go I went on a Microsoft BI boot camp which was also  attended by Microsoft staff specifically Matthew Stephen and Rob Gray who inspired me to work towards joining Microsoft myself.  Two years later I got in and haven’t looked back and I still track Matt on LinkedIn, so I was… Read more

Cortana – Remembering the Future

If you have ever watched the Star Trek First Contact film the crew allude to the fact that the 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… Read more

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: Volume speaks… Read more