Managing the security of hybrid clouds

The hybrid cloud is a great way of seamlessly integrating on and off premise services, but how can you manage security with multiple IT services?


Is SQL Server Agent missing from Azure SQL Database?

Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server and Azure professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes.   Despite Microsoft continuously adding functionality to it, the Azure SQL Database service has always…


Catch Up: Windows Server 2016

The Catch Up series returns with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Ed Baker looking at what’s new and what to look out for in Windows Server 2016 – even if you’re still on Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2016 Microsoft’s world of server operating systems is set to take another leap forward this year with the release…


Why open sourced Power BI visuals matter

By Ian Woodgate, managing director of PointBeyond Limited, a UK based SI helping numerous customers to get the most from Power BI. Power BI has rapidly established itself as a capable and popular BI platform. However, did you know that the built-in visuals that you use are all open source, that you can develop your…


Cloud trends in 2016

Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe, a leading global software application development and consulting company, and a regular blogger on the SoftServe United blog. Vadym has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations optimization. Playing a role of innovations accelerator, cloud computing will…


Starting your PowerShell journey

By Richard Siddaway, PowerShell MVP and author on a number of books on PowerShell, Active Directory and Windows Administration. He is a regular speaker at the PowerShell Summit and user groups, and blogs regularly on his PowerShell blog. One of the questions I’ve been asked many times is “How do I start using PowerShell?” More…


Is Power BI what you and your business needs?

By Ben Howard, MVP.  Ben has over 20 years’ experience of implementing enterprise solutions such as MRPII, ERP, and latterly Microsoft’s EPM (Project and Project Server) solution.  He has been a Microsoft Project MVP for the last 7 years, and is the author of Microsoft Project 2013 Plain & Simple . Now that the year…


Predictions for data in 2016

As the expert in our team on Machine Learning, which is all about making predictions from data, Harry has asked me to make some predictions for 2016. For this article, however, I’ll be relying on my experience and not an API built from a neural network! Prediction 1: Machine learning is a good place to…


6 Ways to Avoid the Cloud Hangover

In the midst of the hype, companies were led to believe moving to the cloud was simple and easy. Sure, there are proven advantages, but there are also things you need to watch out for. Since these impact every corner of your network and organisation, the repercussions of not properly implementing a cloud solution are…


Helping applications learn with Azure Machine Learning

Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server and Azure professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes. Analytics technologies have traditionally told users what had happened in the past using the data…