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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Call out to Distributed Always On Availability Groups

  We have all been introduced and hopefully implemented Always On Availability Groups, a feature that has been around since SQL Server 2012. Since then, this feature has evolved greatly by increasing the number of nodes, failover nodes and more importantly seeding and recovery performance. In SQL 2016, there was a neat addition that may…

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Azure Data Tech Week Workshops

Join Microsoft Canada as we host over 35 Azure and SQL Training sessions across Canada. These 300-400 level sessions are free of charge and are hosted by a Microsoft Azure Global Blackbelt Architect to help you get hands-on, practical experience with various topics including: Migrating your EDW to Azure SQLDW, Intelligent Analytics with Microsoft AI,…

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How to buy SQL Server?

I often receive questions about how organizations in Canada can buy SQL Server licenses. In this article, I will cover all possible options. SQL Server 2017 Licensing Options The most common way to acquire SQL Server licenses is to use one of following Volume Licensing programs: EA/EAS/SCE: Large organizations (500 users or more) often use…


For Microsoft Partners: Six ways to help your customers to get value from Data

Are you working with customers interested in Data, Analytics or IoT project? Do you feel that you don’t have enough expertise to win the deal or deploy the solution? We have Canadian partners that can help you and your customer learn about the solution, deliver an assessment, test drive the solution and deploy the project…


Fall 2017 Technical Webinars

You are invited to an 9-part webinar series gaining technical knowledge about Data & AI. Each episode features Microsoft experts’ perspectives offering ideas and frameworks to upgrade your skills and enhance the power of data and analytics in your organization. Tune in every Thursday 1:00 – 2:00pm EST starting October 12 Date Topic Oct 12…

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Six ways to get value from your data

Are you thinking of deploying Modern BI, Predictive Analytics or Big Data solution? Is it time to upgrade from SQL Server 2005/2008, move to the Cloud or consolidate your data infrastructure to improve the performance, optimize the cost and achieve higher flexibility? Interested in migrating from Oracle, Sybase or DB2 to save money and improve…

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