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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Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Cortana Analytics and IoT

Want to get familiar with the new Power BI, SQL Server 2014, Cortana Analytics or IoT solutions? Join Microsoft Canada, our partners and the SQL PASS community for an across Canada in-person and online event series that will introduce you to these solutions. Please find the upcoming events list below. This page will be updated…

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Data Platform University for Partners

If you missed Data Platform University webcast series for partners we ran in October and November 2015, now you can watch them on-demand:   Title On-Demand Recording Link Microsoft’s Data Platform – The Opportunity is Bigger Than You Think https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032681619&Culture=en-US&community=0 Why Upgrade to SQL Server 2014 & 2016 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032683330&Culture=en-US&community=0 Overview of Power BI https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032683782&Culture=en-US&community=0 Selling…

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SQL Server News from PASS 2015

SQL Server News from PASS 2015 Hi! Last week was PASS Summit in Seattle. Here’s a short summary of announcements: CTP 3 of SQL Server 2016 is now available The roadmap for Microsoft BI visualization tools has been revealed Multiple announcements have been made about other BI components  Read the details on Chris Webb’s BI…

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Data Analytics Camps: from Excel to Power BI

You are invited! As an advanced user, we want you to benefit from all of the capabilities available within Excel and Microsoft BI tools. Did you know that Excel has advanced data visualization capabilities such as Power View and Power BI? These tools can elevate the way you analyze, share and present data. The best…

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Microsoft Data Platform events in Canada: SQL Server, Power BI, Advanced Analytics and IoT

Want to get familiar with the new Power BI, SQL Server 2014, Cortana Analytics or IoT solutions? Join Microsoft Canada, our partners and the SQL PASS community for an across Canada in-person and online event series that will introduce you to these solutions. Please find the upcoming events list below. This page will be updated…

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Self-Service BI: Culture, Processes, People

A customer asked me an interesting question: when implementing self-service BI, what roles and workflows should be defined? Stepping back, self-service BI is about reducing the “time to insight.” Traditional BI takes too long to get the data, leaves less time for analyzing, and thus often the business decisions are rushed and even made before…

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Big Data Hackathon – a Story from a Winning Team

This blog post was created collaboratively by the winning team of the Big Data Hackathon in Data Visualization category (Microsoft Canada office, Mississauga ON, March 13-14, 2015). Big Data Hackathon Team members: Kosta Zabashta, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Marcello Panaccione, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Rayis Imayev, Dawn InfoTek Inc. Selcuk Beydilli, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan…

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