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May

Smart Transaction log backup, monitoring and diagnostics with SQL Server 2017

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_server_team/smart-transaction-log-backup-monitoring-and-diagnostics-with-sql-server-2017/   In my previous blog post, I briefly talked about smart transaction log backup, monitoring and diagnostics along with other community driven improvements we released in SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0. In this blog post we will go READ MORE

25

May

Deployment of Pre-Trained Models on Azure Container Services
Deployment of Pre-Trained Models on Azure Container Services

This post is authored by Mathew Salvaris, Ilia Karmanov and Jaya Mathew.

Data scientists and engineers routinely encounter issues when moving their final functional software and code from their development environment (laptop, desktop) to a test environment, or from a staging environment to production. These difficulties primarily stem from differences between the underlying software environments and infrastructure, and they eventually end up costing businesses a lot of time and money, as data scientists and engineers work towards narrowing down these incompatibilities and either modify software or update environments to meet their needs.

Containers end up being a great solution in such scenarios, as the entire runtime environment (application, libraries, binaries and other configuration files) get bundled into a package to ensure smooth portability of software across different environments. Using containers can, therefore, improve the speed at which apps can be developed, tested, deployed and shared among users working in different environments. Docker is a leading software container platform for enabling developers, operators and enterprises to overcome their application portability issue.

The goal of Azure Container Services (ACS) is to provide a container hosting environment by using popular open-source tools and technologies. Like all software, deploying machine learning (ML) models can

25

May

Tech Tip Thursday: Dynamic Power BI reports using Parameters

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tech-tip-thursday-dynamic-power-bi-reports-using-parameters/           Did you know that you can dynamically filter data in Power BI using parameters that are stored in an Excel workbook? In this video, Patrick from Guy in a Cube shows us how, READ MORE

24

May

Now Available:  Guide for enhancing privacy and addressing GDPR requirements with the Microsoft SQL platform

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2017/05/24/now-available-guide-for-enhancing-privacy-and-addressing-gdpr-requirements-with-the-microsoft-sql-platform/   Data privacy and data security have become one of the most prominent topics in organizations in almost every industry across the globe. New regulations are emerging that formalize requirements around these topics, and compel organizations to comply. READ MORE

23

May

“Serving AI with Data” – Recap of the Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop

Artificial Intelligence is enjoying its day in the sun. Articles about AI get regularly featured as front page news, and in a wide variety of applications, including conversational bots, autonomous vehicles, connected machines, medical diagnosis, and even better-than-human speech/image recognition, it seems. AI is increasing interest to millions of developers worldwide, as well as companies of all stripes, from garage startups to the largest enterprises.

Microsoft has a long-term commitment to the field of AI. We are partnering with developers and customers as we work towards our dream, which is to democratize AI and its benefits to every person and every organization. AI was a central theme at Microsoft Build earlier this month, where, based on feedback received from attendees and in media reports such as this one, it appears that the community appreciates our AI vision and roadmap.

But it’s still very early days for AI.

A majority of developers are still ramping up, wrapping their heads around this new slew of technologies and accompanying TLAs. Realizing this to be the case, we decided to host a first-of-its-kind Microsoft AI Immersion Workshop earlier this month – a free pre-event to Build 2017, with the goal of giving

23

May

Azure Data Lake, and The Multi-Clustered Shared Storage Architecture

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2017/05/23/azure-data-lake-and-the-multi-clustered-shared-storage-architecture/   Authors: Sean Mikha and Stephen Wu Hadoop has always been about bringing the compute closer to where the data is stored. This is achieved by utilizing local disk and attached storage. However, as Hadoop workloads move to READ MORE

22

May

Webinar Wednesday: Dashboard in an Hour
Webinar Wednesday: Dashboard in an Hour

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/webinar-wednesday-dashboard-in-an-hour/           If you’re new to Power BI, or want to introduce the rest of your team to ways they can go quickly from data to insight to action, you won’t want to miss Wednesday’s READ MORE

22

May

Explore your Office 365 Adoption Data in Power BI
Explore your Office 365 Adoption Data in Power BI

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/explore-your-office-365-adoption-data-in-power-bi/           The Public Preview of the Office 365 Adoption Content Pack combines the intelligence of the Office 365 usage reports that are available for you in the admin center with the interactive analysis capabilities READ MORE

18

May

The Internet of Things begins with a secure foundation today
The Internet of Things begins with a secure foundation today

Source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/05/18/the-internet-of-things-begins-with-a-secure-foundation-today/     The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a part of daily life in every industry, and around the world. Governments and public sector organizations are monitoring critical infrastructure, companies are optimizing their supply chains and driving READ MORE

18

May

Tech Tip Thursday: Better use of colors in Power BI
Tech Tip Thursday: Better use of colors in Power BI

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tech-tip-thursday-better-use-of-colors-in-power-bi/           Microsoft’s Guy in a Cube has been providing tips and tricks for Power BI and Business Intelligence on his YouTube channel since 2014. Occasionally on Thursdays we highlight a different helpful video from READ MORE