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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

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 that… Read more

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: These VMs might… Read more

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 on what… Read more

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… Read more

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 to keep up.   I do agree this… Read more

TechDays on Line 2015–it gets better

  I have been out in Seattle for the last couple of weeks as a roving reporter for our upcoming TechDays Online 2015 and I have managed to get footage of some of the engineers who write the stuff we all use.  I have also been having coffee with some of them to make sure… Read more

Don’t be a turkey

It’s not great being a turkey, pheasant or grouse  at Christmas, but my Christmas sketch this year isn’t too worried as he’s a protected and valued Capercaillie.  In the same  same way the cloud first world might not seem like a great time to be an IT Professional but there are certain species who are… Read more

IT Camp – Extend your Data Centre with Azure

I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure.  For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much… Read more

IT Camps–What are they good for.

One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp.  So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s… Read more