Operationalize Databricks Workloads with Azure Data Factory

About the authors: Faraz Rasheed has been in the Advanced Analytics & AI space for over a dozen years and has led many innovative and bleeding edge initiatives with his customers. Alp Kaya focuses on the Azure Data Platform and works closely with customers to solution and ultimately onboard them on to Azure. Please reach…

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BYOL SQL & Windows Server license to the Cloud: Azure Hybrid Benefit (AHB) vs License Mobility. What is the difference?

When an organization deploys a solution built on the Microsoft platform to the Cloud, there are three options in regards to licensing the required Microsoft Server products: Option One: Organizations can purchase cloud services that include the required server products (e.g. a fully loaded Windows Server virtual machine). Option Two (BYOL): Organizations can purchase prepaid…


Use MS PowerPoint to record a video of your presentation

Did you know that you can use PowerPoint to record a video of your presentations? Presenter view (you can turn on/off your video and use markers): Love this feature: You can redo the recording for specific slides when you are done! Here is a step-by-step guide (thanks to Patrick Vuong for building it): Have your…


Are you ready for SQL Server 2008/R2 End of Support?

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008R2 end of support is coming in just 9 months. Are you ready? Join From Data to AI webinar series to learn how you can get 3 extra years of free security updates and migrate your SQL Server 2008/R2 workloads to Azure: Oct  4: 5 Reasons to Move your…


From Data to AI webinar series

Get Your Data Ready For AI AI is useless without well-organized data, that is what Data Governance is about. Did you know? Most data scientists spend only 20 percent of their time on actual data analysis and 80 percent of their time finding, cleaning, and reorganizing huge amounts of data, which is an inefficient data…

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Microsoft AI resources

Founded this great list of Microsoft AI resources in the Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) course on edx.org. Cognitive Services For an overview of the Cognitive Services APIs, take a look at Getting Started with Microsoft Cognitive Services on Channel 9. Then you can dive into the documentation for individual Cognitive Services APIs, which often…


Replace your SAP BW by leveraging Simplement and the Microsoft Azure Data Stack

Hi everyone! Let me introduce myself. My name is Alp Kaya. I work for Microsoft as a Data & AI technical presales in Ontario. This is my first post of many to come… enjoy! If you’d like to discuss the article or any Azure Data related services please reach out: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kayaalp/ Objective of the Article?…


Missed Microsoft’s free workshops – “From RDBMS to NoSQL: A look at MySQL, PostgreSQL and Cosmos DB on Azure”?

The week of Jan 22nd, we hosted a workshop tour in five cities across Canada focused on database options on Azure, not including SQL. As you may notice from the event title, the workshop dug into providing an overview of use cases and scenarios, along with hands-on experience of working with the community editions of…


Microsoft BOT and AI URL Whitelists

    When working with the Microsoft BOT Framework and different types of artificial intelligence algorithms, customers typically want to understand what they may need to whitelist in terms of URL access. The following table is a list that I have compiled for my customers:   Resource URL to whitelist Azure Portal portal.azure.com LUIS *.api.cognitive.microsoft.com…

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