18

Jan

Webinar: Modernize your applications with cloud and on-premises data solutions from Microsoft

Customers today demand the latest innovations in every solution you deliver. How can you make sure your data infrastructure not only keeps up, but drives innovation?

Data is the core of modern applications. Two key trends that help organizations extract the most from their data are the adoption of cloud technologies and the ability to drive new customer experiences with artificial intelligence. Organizations that modernize and harness data, cloud, and AI outperform their competition and are becoming leaders in their field. The most digitally transformed enterprises earn an additional $100 million in operating income!

Join our speakers Claudia Backus, Prem Prakash, and Frederico Rezende for a webinar on how you can transform your applications and enable new customer experiences using the Microsoft data platform.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:

How to leverage the performance, security and flexibility of the entire Microsoft database portfolio from SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database to open-source databases like Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Database for PostgreSQL. How to accelerate your move towards a cloud-based application with the new Azure Database Migration Service. How the Microsoft Data Accelerator program can help you modernize your apps across on-premise and cloud.

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18

Jan

Deep Learning & Computer Vision in the Microsoft Azure Cloud
Deep Learning & Computer Vision in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

This is the first in a multi-part series by guest blogger Adrian Rosebrock. Adrian writes at PyImageSearch.com about computer vision and deep learning using Python, and he recently finished authoring a new book on deep learning for computer vision and image recognition.

Introduction

I had two goals when I set out to write my new book, Deep Learning for Computer Vision with Python. The first was to create a book/self-study program that was accessible to both novices and experienced researchers and practitioners — we start off with the fundamentals of neural networks and machine learning and by the end of the program you’re training state-of-the-art networks on the ImageNet dataset from scratch. My second goal was to provide a book that included:

Practical walkthroughs that present solutions to actual, real-world deep learning classification problems.
Hands-on tutorials (with accompanying code) that not only show you the algorithms behind deep learning for computer vision but their implementations as well.
A no-nonsense teaching style that cuts through all the cruft and helps you on your path to deep learning + computer vision mastery for visual recognition.

Along the way I quickly realized that a stumbling block for many readers is configuring their development environment — especially true for

18

Jan

Deep Learning & Computer Vision in the Microsoft Azure Cloud
Deep Learning & Computer Vision in the Microsoft Azure Cloud

This is the first in a multi-part series by guest blogger Adrian Rosebrock. Adrian writes at PyImageSearch.com about computer vision and deep learning using Python, and he recently finished authoring a new book on deep learning for computer vision and image recognition.

Introduction

I had two goals when I set out to write my new book, Deep Learning for Computer Vision with Python. The first was to create a book/self-study program that was accessible to both novices and experienced researchers and practitioners — we start off with the fundamentals of neural networks and machine learning and by the end of the program you’re training state-of-the-art networks on the ImageNet dataset from scratch. My second goal was to provide a book that included:

Practical walkthroughs that present solutions to actual, real-world deep learning classification problems.
Hands-on tutorials (with accompanying code) that not only show you the algorithms behind deep learning for computer vision but their implementations as well.
A no-nonsense teaching style that cuts through all the cruft and helps you on your path to deep learning + computer vision mastery for visual recognition.

Along the way I quickly realized that a stumbling block for many readers is configuring their development environment — especially true for

18

Jan

December 2017 Leaderboard of Database Systems contributors on MSDN

Congratulations to our December top 10 contributors! Alberto Morillo and Visakh Murukesan maintain their top positions.

This Leaderboard initiative was started in October 2016 to recognize the top Database Systems contributors on MSDN forums. The following continues to be the points hierarchy (in decreasing order of points):

18

Jan

Announcing IoT extension for Azure CLI 2.0
Announcing IoT extension for Azure CLI 2.0

We recently released a new open source IoT extension that adds to the capabilities of Azure CLI 2.0. Azure CLI 2.0 includes commands for interacting with Azure Resource Manager and management endpoints. For example, you can use Azure CLI 2.0 to create an Azure VM or an IoT Hub. A CLI extension enables an Azure service to augment the Azure CLI, giving you access to additional service-specific capabilities. The IoT extension gives developers command line access to IoT Hub, IoT Edge, and IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service capabilities.

Azure CLI 2.0 enables you to manage Azure IoT Hub resources, device provisioning service instances, and linked-hubs out of the box. The new IoT extension enriches Azure CLI 2.0 with features such as device management and full IoT Edge capability.

The launch of this IoT extension means that we will be retiring version CLI 1.0 and the iot-hub-explorer tool. Azure CLI 1.0 and CLI 2.0 are at full functional parity.The Iot-hub-explorer and CLI 2.0 are at functional parity with the exception of CLI 2.0 currently missing event monitoring commands. We aim to provide event monitoring commands in early March 2018. We will deprecate the IoT extension for Azure CLI 1.0 and

17

Jan

The January release of SQL Operations Studio is now available
The January release of SQL Operations Studio is now available

This blog post was authored by Alan Yu, Program Manager, Microsoft SQL Server.

We are excited to announce the January release of SQL Operations Studio is now available.

Download SQL Operations Studio and review the release notes to get started. SQL Operations Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB, and SQL DW from Windows, macOS, and Linux. To learn more, visit our Github.

SQL Operations Studio was announced for public preview on November 15, 2017 at Connect(), and this January release is the second major update since the announcement. If you missed the December release announcement, you can learn more on the SQL Server blog.

The January release includes several major repo updates and feature releases, including:

Enable the HotExit feature to automatically reopen unsaved files. Add the ability to access saved connections from Connection Dialog. Set the SQL editor tab color to match the Server Group color. Fix the broken Run Current Query command. Fix the broken pinned Windows Start Menu icon.

For a complete list of updates, please refer to the release notes.

HotExit feature

A highly requested feature for SQL Operations Studio is to remember

16

Jan

1/18 Webinar: Using PowerApps and Flow to create Line of Business “portals” by Vishwas Lele

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/1-18-webinar-using-powerapps-and-flow-to-create-line-of-business-portals-by-vishwas-lele/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/1-18-webinar-using-powerapps-and-flow-to-create-line-of-business-portals-by-vishwas-lele/           Vishwas will showcase a PowerApp application that is essentially a “portal” for existing Line of Business Enterprise Applications (inventory, contracts etc.) and Services ( Dynamics, O365, DropBox etc. )Through the use of PowerApps READ MORE

16

Jan

Balanced Scorecards in Power BI
Balanced Scorecards in Power BI

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/balanced-scorecards/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/balanced-scorecards/           While the Power KPI visual has been a necessary building block for us in the presentation of KPIs, by itself it doesn’t provide a scorecard layout. Some users, including executives, really wanted a READ MORE

16

Jan

Last week in Azure: WAF integrates with Azure Security Center, and more

The first full work week of 2018 was a light week for new Azure functionality since everyone was returning from the holidays, but that won’t last for long.

Headlines

#Azure #SQLDW, the cost benefits of an on-demand data warehousing – Learn how you can move from an on-premises static and monolithic data warehouse costing US$28k per month to an elastic Hub & Spoke data warehouse in the cloud optimized for performance and accessed by thousands of users with a potential cost saving of 50 percent.

Azure Security Center and Microsoft Web Application Firewall Integration – Azure Security Center now automatically discovers non-ASC provisioned Microsoft Web Application Firewall (WAF) instances. Previously provisioned WAF instances will be displayed in ASC security solutions pane under discovered solutions where the security admin can integrate them with Azure Security Center. Connecting existing Microsoft WAF deployments will help you take advantage of ASC detections regardless of how WAF was provisioned. Additional configuration settings such as custom firewall rules sets are available in the WAF console via links from Azure Security Center.

Manage and Auto-scale your IoT solution with a predictable IoT Cloud – A new sample solution is now available to show how to monitor and

16

Jan

How Azure Security Center helps analyze attacks using Investigation and Log Search

Every second counts when you are under attack. Azure Security Center (ASC) uses advanced analytics and global threat intelligence to detect malicious threats, and the new capabilities empower you to respond quickly. This blog post showcases how an analyst can leverage the Investigation and Log Search capabilities in Azure Security Center to determine whether an alert represents a security breach, and to understand the scope of that breach.

To learn more about the ASC Investigation feature in detail see the article Investigate Incidents and Alerts in Azure Security Center (Preview). Let’s drill into an alert and see what more we can learn using these new features.

Security Center Standard tier users can view a dashboard similar to one pictured below. You can select the Standard tier or the free 90 day trial from the Pricing Tier blade in the Security Center policy. On the below screen click on the Security Alerts graph for a list of alerts. This view will include alerts triggered by Security Center detections as well as integrated alerts from other security solutions. When possible, Security Center combines alerts that are part of chain of an attacker activity into incidents. The three interconnected dots icon highlighted in