Insufficient data from Andrew Fryer

The place where I page to when my brain is full up of stuff about the Microsoft platform

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

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

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

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,… 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