Eight scenarios with Apache Spark on Azure that will transform any business

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. Since its birth in 2009, and the time it was open sourced in 2010, Apache Spark has grown to become one of the largest open source communities in big data with over 400 organizations from 100 companies contributing to it. Spark stands out for… Read more

Don’t miss SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit 2016!

This post was authored by Rimma Nehme, Technical Assistant, Data Group. I am really excited to both attend and speak at the SQL Server Geeks Annual Summit (#SSGAS2016), Asia’s Premier Data & Analytics Conference taking place on 11-13 August in Bangalore, India. SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit 2016 is a full 3-day conference with more than 100… Read more

Speeding up Business Analytics Using In-Memory Technology

New challenges Businesses have always used data and analytics for improved business decisions. As the new age of the IOT (Internet of Things) approaches, businesses are experiencing exponential data growth and the challenges that come along with managing large data sets. At the same time, tools like Power Pivot democratize data access to these large… Read more

Analytics Platform System Update 4 Generally Available

Matt Usher, Senior Program Manager, DS SQL Engineering We are pleased to announce the general availability of Appliance Update 4 for the Microsoft Analytics Platform System. The Microsoft Analytics Platform System is a turnkey big data analytics appliance, combining Microsoft’s massively parallel processing (MPP) data warehouse technology with HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache Hadoop distribution, and… Read more

Big data needs a big cloud

Brian Mitchell, Microsoft Senior Business Program Manager, took the stage at Ignite two weeks ago to discuss Planning Your Big Data Architecture on Azure. “Big Data” requires big scale. Mitchell covered how this is accomplished through storage strategies, partitioning, fault tolerance, and the right architecture to scale to the extremes of big data. If you… Read more

Register Now: Your Local Big Data Hackathon

Updated June 26, 2015 This is your opportunity to put your data skills to use for a good cause! Come along and meet other data pros as you use big data technologies to solve real-world problems, make a difference in your community, and learn about Microsoft’s big data technologies and cloud services. The Hackathons offer the chance… Read more

New Year’s Resolution? Free BI and Big Data Training

Interested in growing your BI and Big Data skills in 2015? Maybe your new year’s resolution is all about learning something new or taking your analytics knowledge to the next level? See what BI and Big Data training courses were your peers’ favorites in 2014: Faster Insights to Data with Power BI Jumpstart From Data… Read more

Data Science Perspectives: Q&A with Microsoft Data Scientists Val Fontama and Wee Hyong Tok

You can’t read the tech press without seeing news of exciting advancements or opportunities in data science and advanced analytics. We sat down with two of our own Microsoft Data Scientists to learn more about their role in the field, some of the real-world successes they’ve seen, and get their perspective on today’s opportunities in… Read more

Results are Beautiful: 4 Best Practices for Big Data in Healthcare

When you put big data to work, results can be beautiful. Especially when those results are as impactful as saving lives. Here are four best practice examples of how big data is being used in healthcare to improve, and often save, lives. Aerocrine improves asthma care with near-real-time data Millions of asthma sufferers worldwide depend… Read more