Azure Cosmos DB: A Completely Unofficial Primer

Ian Moulster is back with a totally unofficial look at Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB, a service that is growing at a phenomenal rate as developers and data scientists across the world start taking advantage of its remarkable capabilities.

Migrating to Azure SQL Database

Gavin Payne considers how and why organisations are moving their databases to Microsoft’s cloud relational database service, Azure SQL Database.


Creating an Azure Data Factory Instance

Chris Testa-O’Neill, a Features Engineer in the Analytics and Data Science team at Microsoft, takes a look at creating instances in Azure Data Factory. This is a preview for his talk at the upcoming SQLBits, which takes place between the 5th and 8th April. Be sure to check it out!

Storing and exploring mountains of data

Gavin Payne builds on his article from last month about the common components of a Business Intelligence (BI) platform and focuses on a service to host one of them – the enterprise data warehouse (EDW).

SQL Bits XV: not just about SQL

SQL Bits XV is a conference that covers all aspects of data management business intelligence and data science. There are sessions on managing the performance and well-being of SQL Server and it will be the event in the UK where we celebrate the launch of SQL Server 2016.

Bring your data to life

Charlotte asked me to write up something on bringing your ideas to life, and that got me thinking: what is life anyway? Many things don’t look very ‘alive’, because we barely notice them moving or changing over time – coral or lichen for instance. Other life forms move so fast we can barely see them or are so…

Visualising Data at Scale with Ubuntu 14.04, Apache Spark and iPython notebook

Richard Conway, Co-founder, Elastacloud and the UK Microsoft Azure Users Group Azure has opened up a wealth of possibilities for startups and smaller companies that may have initially struggled with building large scale out technologies. As such, the cloud has become the home of the “transient cluster” which allows customers to spin up a large quantity of compute…


The Future of Data Science – TechNet Catch up with Quentin Clark

Surveillance systems, campaign trackers, sales tools, supply chain monitoring, manufacturing lines, it’s hard to think of an area of a modern business isn’t churning out reams of data. This abundance of information presents companies with one of their biggest challenges, and opportunities, of the digital age to date – How on earth do we go…