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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Architecture for Data Exploration using Microsoft Azure

I have decided to write this blog post as quite a few of my clients are asking me how best to enable a data culture inside their organizations. Satya Nadella says: “this is where I think we as leaders of our businesses get to do the most transformative thing, which is to first make sure…

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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…


Big Data Hackathon in Vancouver

The event is over. Please find the event presentations and resources here. Prize winners: – Data Modelling: Vancouver Crime Analysis by team Droptable UBC – Data Visualization: Reflex Math Analytics by team Synergy         You’re invited! The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good cause.  Assemble a…


BIG Data Hackathon in Mississauga

The event is over! Congratulations to the winners! Data Modelling Prize winner: Ontario Parking Ticket Revenue Forecaster project   Data Visualization Prize winner: Parking Tickets and Air Flights project Please find the event resources here. __________________________________________   You’re invited! The Microsoft Big Data Hackathon is your opportunity to hack for a good cause.  Assemble a…


MVP Series: Overlooked Features of SQL 2014

For the next couple months we are thrilled to have special guest authors from the Canadian MVP Award Program contributing posts around their favourite tips, tricks & features of SQL 2014.  For the next few weeks, we will be posting a different article from one of our Canadian SQL Server MVPs each week. Please feel free to leave…

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Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight

  We have new free ebook with you: Introducing Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody. Download the PDF (6MB; 130 pages) from https://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/PDF Download the EPUB (9MB) from https://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/EPUB Download the MOBI (13MB) from https://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/MOBI Download the code samples (7KB) from https://aka.ms/IntroHDInsight/CompContent     Introduction…


Lancement de Microsoft SQL Server 2014 à Québec

Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Hotel Plaza Québec, salle Carmen 3031 boul. Laurier, Québec, QC (map) 46.764252 -71.293617     Inscrivez-vous ici   GRATUIT POUR TOUS! Afin de réserver votre place pour cet événement, vous devez absolument vous créer un compte gratuit de Meetup pour vous inscrire.   Microsoft SQL Server…


March 29: Big Data Saturday II in Mississauga

    Event content (DataCamp Training Kit) is available here. Please take into account that it’s an executable file.  ____________________________________________________________________________________________   As part of the series of Developer Movement events being hosted in Canada, Big Data Saturday II is coming to Mississauga on Saturday March 29, 2014!   At this event you will learn how…

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Microsoft BIG Data: Windows Azure HDInsight general availability

Windows Azure HDInsight provides 100% Apache Hadoop as a service in the cloud. HDInsight builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop. HDInsight offers: Insights with familiar tools: Through integration with Microsoft’s business intelligence tools, HDInsight enables customers to easily analyze data in Excel. Deployment Agility: With…