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06

Nov

State of the SQL Server tools
State of the SQL Server tools

This week we’re announcing the general availability of SQL Server 2019, a significant milestone for Azure Data and for SQL Server customers. This presents a good moment to give an update on the state of tooling for SQL Server.

Since SQL Server 2016, the tools for SQL Server have been released independently “out of box” from the server product. This allows us to be more agile to the needs of our users, get both features and bug fixes shipped more quickly, stay aligned with the more continuous release cycle of Azure SQL, and in general allows the tools team to innovate in exciting ways. However, one side effect is that it can be difficult to understand what’s happening across the tools landscape, as things change quickly in multiple products that are releasing as frequently as every month.

The SQL Server client tools cover the full breadth and depth of the product, and can be broadly categorized as follows:

SQL Server drivers and connectivity APIs, such as Microsoft.Data.SqlClient, ODBC, JDBC, etc.SQL Server tooling APIs and scripting support, including SQL Server Management Objects (SMO), DacFX, and PowerShellCommand line tools for SQL Server like sqlcmd, bcp, mssql-cli, and sqlpackageJupyter Notebooks, a new entrant in this space

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06

Nov

Embed paginated reports in your own application for your customers (Preview)

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/embed-paginated-reports-in-your-own-application-for-your-customers-preview/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/embed-paginated-reports-in-your-own-application-for-your-customers-preview/           Embed paginated reports in your own application for your customers

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06

Nov

Azure Cognitive Services for building enterprise ready scalable AI solutions

This post is co-authored by Tina Coll, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services and Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

Azure Cognitive Services brings artificial intelligence (AI) within reach of every developer without requiring machine learning expertise. All it takes is an API call to embed the ability to see, hear, speak, understand, and accelerate decision-making into your apps. Enterprises have taken these pre-built and custom AI capabilities to deliver more engaging and personalized intelligent experiences. We’re continuing the momentum from Microsoft Build 2019 by making Personalizer generally available, and introducing additional advanced capabilities in Vision, Speech, and Language categories. With many advancements to share, let’s dive right in.

Personalizer: Powering rich user experiences

Winner of this year’s ‘Most Innovative Product’ award at O’Reilly’s Strata Conference, Personalizer is the only AI service on the market that makes reinforcement learning available at-scale through easy-to-use APIs. Personalizer is powered by reinforcement learning and provides developers a way to create rich, personalized experiences for users, even if they do not necessarily have deep machine learning expertise.

Giving customers what they want at any given moment is one of the biggest challenges faced by retail, media, and e-commerce businesses today. Whether it’s

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06

Nov

Secure and compliant APIs for a hybrid and multi-cloud world

APIs are everywhere. The broad proliferation of applications throughout enterprises often results in large silos of opaque processes and services, making it hard for IT to manage and govern APIs in a systematic way, and for development teams to gain visibility into and make use of APIs that already exist.

Entire industries, such as financial services, are embracing APIs as a means to become more open, for example with open banking initiatives. Open banking is an API-first approach to creating more open, rich ecosystems that encourage third-party participation and usage of the services financial institutions have previously kept behind the scenes.

Products, such as Azure API Management, were created to address these issues. By letting you manage all APIs in a single, centralized location, you are able to impose authentication, authorization, throttling, and transformation policies and easily monitor the usage of the APIs associated with your applications, giving you the much-needed visibility into your application portfolio(s) at a macro-level.

To succeed in an increasingly connected world, it is key to adopt an API-first approach that lets you:

Embrace innovation by creating vibrant API ecosystems. Secure and manage APIs seamlessly in a hybrid world.

APIs can be a bridge to the

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06

Nov

At Microsoft Ignite we’re sharing the many new capabilities our teams have built to improve security with Azure Security Center and the Azure Platform. We have a long list of new innovations, and this blog provides our general direction and READ MORE

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06

Nov

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/new-azure-security-center-and-azure-platform-security-capabilities-2/At Microsoft Ignite we’re sharing the many new capabilities our teams have built to improve security with Azure Security Center and the Azure Platform. We have a long list of new innovations, and this blog provides our general direction and READ MORE

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05

Nov

Accelerating cloud-native application development in the enterprise

Each day more and more organizations experience the benefits of cloud native development. Using products like Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), they’re able to build distributed applications that are more resilient and dynamically scalable, while enabling portability in the cloud and at the edge. Most of all, organizations want to use Kubernetes and cloud native technology to innovate faster in the enterprise where security, governance, and compliance are top of mind. We have been listening and we are happy to share several innovations designed to accelerate cloud native application delivery on Azure, powered by Kubernetes and AKS.

Streamlined developer experience

Git and GitHub have changed the way modern software is written. Pull requests (PRs) are now central to the how development teams collaborate. While PRs are a great way to review specific code changes, it can be difficult to see how that code integrates with the rest of a complex microservices architecture. Dev Spaces with GitHub Actions PR flow for AKS solves this problem by automatically deploying review versions of your pull requests to a sandbox environment where you can easily perform end-to-end testing on any changes in your pull request branch. This speeds the PR testing process, allows team members

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05

Nov

Accelerating blockchain adoption in the enterprise
Accelerating blockchain adoption in the enterprise

The mission for our blockchain investments has remained steadfast since the beginning, with the goal of democratizing complex technologies and creating connections across organizational boundaries to solve shared problems in a trusted manner. With this in mind, our roadmap has been focused on building an open and scalable platform to advance the adoption of blockchain in the enterprise.

We have seen this approach resonate with our customers time and time again. A real-world example powered by Azure blockchain technology is GE Aviation’s next-generation blockchain solution that tracks the genealogy of engine parts to improve productivity and safety for airlines. 

“Microsoft has taken blockchain from an art and transformed it into a science by fundamentally improving each aspect of the software stack. We’ve benefited from the innovation of no-code logic apps for data ingestion, off-chain storage with Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB, and analytics visualization via Power BI. The rich integration of these Azure services with Azure Blockchain Service and Azure Blockchain Workbench have enabled us to get our solutions into the hands of our customers much faster with a lot less complexity.” – David Havera, Blockchain Leader, GE Aviation Digital Group

With this in mind,

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05

Nov

50+ New Features in Dataflows this month!
50+ New Features in Dataflows this month!

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/50-new-features-in-dataflows-this-month/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/50-new-features-in-dataflows-this-month/           Over the past few weeks we have released several new features in Dataflows, allowing users to seamlessly ingest and prepare data that can be widely reused by other users across the Power Platform READ MORE

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05

Nov

Serverless for the enterprise with Microsoft Azure
Serverless for the enterprise with Microsoft Azure

Cloud computing has opened new paradigms for enterprises to reach higher levels of productivity and scale. At the tip of that spear is serverless computing, enabling developers, teams, and organizations to focus on business logic and leave hosting and scaling of resources to the cloud platform.

At Microsoft Ignite, we’re announcing serverless functions with no cold start and network isolation, PowerShell support for event-driven automation, simplified secrets management across serverless apps, unified monitoring capabilities, and increased language support—including .NET Core 3 and Python 3.7! These capabilities expand the list of target scenarios that would benefit from event-driven architectures and bring serverless to operations teams.

Business-critical apps with no cold start and network isolation

Function as a service (FaaS) platforms present a small delay on their first executions, known as cold start. This makes it challenging to adopt serverless functions for mission critical apps where a few seconds can make a huge difference. To address it, we’re announcing the general availability of the Azure Functions Premium plan.

It brings together the best of both serverless and dedicated hosting; you can leverage fast, dynamic scale while benefiting from network isolation, consistent performance, and more predictable costs.

When coupled with our PowerShell

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