18

Aug

U-SQL Tip: Generating ranges of numbers and dates
U-SQL Tip: Generating ranges of numbers and dates

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2017/08/18/u-sql-tip-generating-ranges-of-numbers-and-dates/   Many common scenarios for U-SQL developers require constructing a RowSet made up of a simple range of numbers or dates, for example the integers from 1 to 10. In this blog post we’ll take a look at options for doing READ MORE

18

Aug

Token-based authentication including Multi-factor auth (MFA) for Azure SQL DB using Azure Active Directory (AD)

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlsecurity/2017/08/18/token-based-authentication-including-multi-factor-auth-mfa-for-azure-sql-db-using-azure-active-directory-ad/   SQL server security team presents an application solution for token-based authentication with multi-factor (MFA) support for SQL DB using Azure AD auth. The zip file attached below with the codes sample and a Readme doc present more details on this topic. READ MORE

18

Aug

Show us your creative What If and win swag!
Show us your creative What If and win swag!

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/show-us-your-creative-what-if-and-win-swag/           Earlier this month, we announced our new What If feature in the Power BI Desktop. Many of you have been anticipating this feature for a while now, and we wanted to celebrate this READ MORE

17

Aug

Running XGBoost on Azure HDInsight
Running XGBoost on Azure HDInsight

Source: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredatalake/2017/08/18/running-xgboost-on-azure-hdinsight/   XGBoost is a popular open-source distributed gradient boosting library used by many companies in production. Azure HDInsight is a fully managed Hadoop and Spark solution where you can easily create a fully-managed Spark cluster and with great extensibility. In READ MORE

17

Aug

Azure IoT Edge: What’s in it for partners?
Azure IoT Edge: What’s in it for partners?

Source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/08/17/azure-iot-edge-whats-in-it-for-partners/     For the last decade, one of the most significant topics in technology has been the role of the cloud itself, and discussion is often framed around which workloads and technology should be deployed and managed locally. READ MORE

17

Aug

Power BI On-premises data gateway August update
Power BI On-premises data gateway August update

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-on-premises-data-gateway-august-update/           The August update for the On-premises data gateway is now available. This update includes the following improvements: Support for IBM Netezza connector Support for TLS 1.1/1.2 Updated version of the…

16

Aug

Azure Event Grid streamlines IoT event routing
Azure Event Grid streamlines IoT event routing

Source: https://blogs.microsoft.com/iot/2017/08/16/azure-event-grid-streamlines-iot-event-routing/     The proliferation of connected devices is creating new opportunities for business – from connected cars and cities to sensors in manufacturing plants, on farms and more. As more companies turn to cloud-powered IoT solutions to transform READ MORE

15

Aug

Power BI Developer community August update
Power BI Developer community August update

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-developer-community-august-update/           We’ve decided to start posting regularly to our dedicated community of developers in a monthly post. We’ll gather all the news, tips and tricks, canonical scenarios, and best practices for developers who are READ MORE

15

Aug

Conversational Retail Bots, E-Commerce Fraud Protection & More… Thanks to the Power of Microsoft AI

A peek at selective new customers benefiting from Microsoft AI and Machine Learning.

Cami Boosts Customer Engagement at Dixons Carphone

Based in the United Kingdom, Dixons Carphone is a major electronics retailer employing over 42,000 people in 11 countries, and providing consumers with products and services that help them lead seamlessly connected lives at home, in the office, and on the move. Like most retailers, Dixons Carphone has had to adapt its business to changing consumer buying patterns, including an increase in online product research and shopping. For instance, 90 percent of their customers start their shopping journey online, and a full 65 percent use their phones to assist them while shopping in-store. This resulted in a comprehensive review of their existing customer experience strategies.

Dixons Carphone partnered with Microsoft to research ways to transform their business through better customer engagement. They also wanted to and provide their store colleagues with tools to optimize the time spent with customers. They determined that artificial intelligence could be the key to offering customers a differentiated and personalized service. Specifically, Dixons Carphone investigated the capabilities of the Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Cognitive Services in the context of customer interactions. The Bot

15

Aug

Visio custom visual is now in Public Preview and available in the store

Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/visio-custom-visual-is-now-in-public-preview-and-available-in-the-store/           We are pleased to announce the Public preview of the Visio custom visual for Power BI. The Visio custom visual will allow you to visualize data using Microsoft Visio diagrams from within Power READ MORE