Creating an OAuth 2.0 authentication token for Azure Data Lake Store

Hi All!   A Data Lake can be defined as a storage repository that holds a vast amount of raw data in its native format until it is needed. My question is, what would be the point of storing all this data if you can’t access it easily? Azure Data Lake store, which is Microsoft’s…

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New tools to accelerate migration projects to modern SQL Server versions

Hi everyone! With the many new features and improvements introduced with version 2016 of the already market leading RDBMS, it’s no surprise every organization is planning or implementing their modernization projects to finally take advantage of SQL Server 2016. But migrating large number of databases can present many challenges, not the least of which is…


Data Science VM and Azure Data Lake Store – The hidden feature

Hi All!   I wanted to highlight a hidden feature in the data science VM which allows you to consume data stored in Azure Data Lake Store from Microsoft R Server.   As part of the continued improvements made to the data science VM, towards the end of December 2016, the necessary libraries that allow…


Live Query Statistics in SQL Server 2016

Hi everyone! For this blog post, I thought I would bring attention to “Live Query Statistics” (LQS), one of the many new features and improvements of SQL Server 2016 available from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). LQS is an important new feature because it directly addresses a requirement often heard from SQL Server DBAs: “we…


Profisee Workshop for Master Data Management in Montreal

Are you struggling to get the single view of truth from your data? Can you see and use a clean 360 view of customer for your business? Did you know that Profisee offers the only product dedicated to enabling enterprise MDM with Microsoft technology? Microsoft and Profisee invite you to attend a free Master Data…

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Stretch DB – The Programmatic Approach

Stretch Database “stretchs” on premise data to the cloud. This simple pattern and approach allows for ready access to cold data, no changes to queries while keeping data secure on premise, in the cloud and even during migration. There have been many excellent blogs already about Stretch Database, some of them here and here. In…

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Private Clouds, Datacenters and Azure, can’t we just all get along ?

After the meeting with the client we were walking down to grab a coffee together. The client turned to me asked “The Azure data platform stuff you talked about is all great but will this replace my existing datacenter ?” Maybe it was the lack of coffee in my veins but I did have to…

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Azure Day January 17 – Montreal Event

Hi everyone! Did you know that January 17th is Azure day in Canada? This post details the hands-on lab event for developers that will be held in Montreal. And the best part is that this training is free! Target audience: data and application developers Format: hands-on lab Location: Microsoft office – 2000 McGill College #550, Montreal…

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Data Integration Design Patterns With Microservices

Data Integration Design Patterns With Microservices Introduction My name is Mike Davison.  I work at Microsoft as a Data Platform Solution Architect.  In this role, I spend most of my time working with large customers on data and analytics solutions.  Digital transformation is probably also worth a mention for those readers playing the IT Vendor…

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