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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

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

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

Learning Machine Learning using a Jet Engine

In this post I want to try and explain what machine learning is and put into context with what we used to do when analysing and manipulating data.  When I started doing all this the hot phrase was Business Intelligence (BI),  but this was preceded by EIS (Executive Information Systems) and DSS (Decision Support Systems). … Read more

UK Data in the Cloud

There is still a lot of inertia in the UK about storing data in the cloud for entirely valid reasons and rather vague uncertainties and doubt.  For a few organisations keeping data in the cloud is exactly the right thing to do because those organisations want to actively share their information, the most obvious is… Read more

Windows Server 2012 IT camps

I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps.  These camps will all be  on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release not… Read more

Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data

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 to the world of big data with Hadoop is… Read more