Cortana – Remembering the Future

If you have ever watched the Star Trek First Contact film the crew allude to the fact that then star ship Enterprise is named after the first space shuttle, when actually it’s the other way around the first space shuttle was so named because over 2 million star trek fans lobbied NASA to call it…


Azure Data Services for Big Data

Big data is one of those over used and little understood terms that occasionally crop up in IT. Big data has also been extensively over hyped and yet it’s a pretty simple concept that does have huge potential.     A good way to describe it is the three V’s , Volume, Variability and Velocity: Volume speaks…


Azure Data Services for Predictive Analytics

In my last post I hopefully explained that business intelligence works very well on Azure and with new services like the Azure Data Warehouse and Power BI (Not strictly part of Azure but a Microsoft  online service). However while BI is good at showing some trends and how a limited number of factors affect that…


Azure Data Services for Business Intelligence

A little known fact the biggest workload on Azure VM’s (aka IaaS) is .. SQL Server. This might seem odd give that there is a SQL Azure service where you can run SQL Server database without worrying about SQL Server itself. So what’s going on here? There are a few possible options: These VMs might…


Azure Data Services–what are they?

This might be a recurring theme but worth mentioning again –  Azure continues to change and expand at an alarming rate. On the one hand this is simply scale, for example we now have access to bigger compute resources like the G class virtual machines, ever cheaper storage, and higher and higher limits on what…


What kind of data person are you?

I have been working with data in one form or another since 1991, but I wouldn’t describe myself as a DBA, data scientist or a developer so what am I, and am I alone? I spent ten of those years doing business intelligence and most of that was working with databases, designing systems data marts,…