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18

Jul

Aggregations for petabyte-scale BI is generally available!

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/aggregations-for-petabyte-scale-bi-is-generally-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/aggregations-for-petabyte-scale-bi-is-generally-available/           The volume of data is growing at an ever-increasing rate. As it grows, so does the value to the companies that are able to unlock insights from it. Power BI is all about READ MORE

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17

Jul

Power BI Desktop July 2019 Feature Summary
Power BI Desktop July 2019 Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-july-2019-feature-summary/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-july-2019-feature-summary/           With this month comes the first feature release from our announcements at Microsoft Business Application Summit, Icon sets, which also addresses our current #1 idea on ideas.powerbi.com. On top of this major update, READ MORE

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17

Jul

Microsoft makes it easier to build popular language representation model BERT at large scale

This post is co-authored by Rangan Majumder, Group Program Manager, Bing and Maxim Lukiyanovm, Principal Program Manager, Azure Machine Learning.

Today we are announcing the open sourcing of our recipe to pre-train BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers) built by the Bing team, including code that works on Azure Machine Learning, so that customers can unlock the power of training custom versions of BERT-large models using their own data. This will enable developers and data scientists to build their own general-purpose language representation beyond BERT.

The area of natural language processing has seen an incredible amount of innovation over the past few years with one of the most recent being BERT. BERT, a language representation created by Google AI language research, made significant advancements in the ability to capture the intricacies of language and improved the state of the art for many natural language applications, such as text classification, extraction, and question answering. The creation of this new language representation enables developers and data scientists to use BERT as a stepping-stone to solve specialized language tasks and get much better results than when building natural language processing systems from scratch.

The broad applicability of BERT means that most developers

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17

Jul

Gateway Management on Admin Center
Gateway Management on Admin Center

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gateway-management-on-admin-center/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/gateway-management-on-admin-center/           New gateway management features on Admin center

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17

Jul

Direct Line with speech now available in preview

With over 360,000 registered Azure Bot Service developers, we’ve seen significant growth in bots and virtual assistants built on Azure. A major trend we’re following is the growing need for these assistants to support voice-first conversational experiences. As a result, we’re taking steps to make it even easier for developers to build virtual assistants with our virtual assistant solution accelerator and to add speech to their conversational applications with Azure Bot Service.

At this year’s Microsoft Build conference, we announced signup availability of the Direct Line Speech channel, which simplifies the creation of end-to-end solutions for voice-first conversational experiences. Today, we’re happy to share that the Direct Line Speech channel is now in preview for any developer with no additional signup or approval required. With this release, the Direct Line Speech channel has also significantly expanded its region support to enable faster and more reliable conversational experiences worldwide.

About Direct Line Speech

Direct Line Speech is a new channel that simplifies the creation of end-to-end solutions for voice-in and voice-out natural user interfaces with a few key components:

An on-device API, available as part of the Speech SDK, simplifies speech and real-time supplementary signal communication to and from a

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17

Jul

Assess the readiness of SQL Server data estates migrating to Azure SQL Database

Migrating hundreds of SQL Server instances and thousands of databases to Azure SQL Database, our Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, is a considerable task, and to streamline the process as much as possible, you need to feel confident about your relative readiness for migration. Being able to identify low-hanging fruit including the servers and databases that are fully ready or that require minimal effort to prepare for migration eases and accelerates your efforts. We are pleased to share that Azure database target readiness recommendations have been enabled.

The Azure Migrate hub provides a unified view of all your migrations across the servers, applications, and databases. This integration provides customers with a seamless migration experience beginning during the discovery phase. The functionality allows customers to use assessment tools for visibility into the applications currently run on-premises so that they can determine cloud suitability and project the cost of running their applications in the cloud. It also allows customers to compare options between competing public and hybrid cloud options.

Assessing and viewing results

Assessing the overall readiness of your data estate for a migration to Azure SQL Database requires only a few steps:

Provision an instance of Azure Migrate, create

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16

Jul

New capabilities in Stream Analytics reduce development time for big data apps

Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed PaaS offering that enables real-time analytics and complex event processing on fast moving data streams. Thanks to zero-code integration with over 15 Azure services, developers and data engineers can easily build complex pipelines for hot-path analytics within a few minutes. Today, at Inspire, we are announcing various new innovations in Stream Analytics that help further reduce time to value for solutions that are powered by real-time insights. These are as follows:

Bringing the power of real-time insights to Azure Event Hubs customers

Today, we are announcing one-click integration with Event Hubs. Available as a public preview feature, this allows an Event Hubs customer to visualize incoming data and start to write a Stream Analytics query with one click from the Event Hub portal. Once the query is ready, they will be able to operationalize it in few clicks and start deriving real time insights. This will significantly reduce the time and cost to develop real-time analytics solutions.

One-click integration between Event Hubs and Azure Stream Analytics

Augmenting streaming data with SQL reference data support

Reference data is a static or slow changing dataset used to augment real-time data streams to deliver more

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15

Jul

Digital distribution centers–The future is here
Digital distribution centers–The future is here

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/digital-distribution-centers-the-future-is-here/

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15

Jul

Introducing proximity placement groups
Introducing proximity placement groups

Co-locate your Azure resources for improved application performance

The performance of your applications is central to the success of your IT organization. Application performance can directly impact your ability to increase customer satisfaction and ultimately grow your business.

Many factors can affect the performance of your applications. One of those is network latency which is impacted, among other things, by the physical distance between the virtual machines deployed.

For example, when you place your Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines in a single Azure region, the physical distance between the virtual machines is reduced. Placing them within a single availability zone is another step you can take to deploy your virtual machines closer to each other. However, as the Azure footprint grows, a single availability zone may span multiple physical data centers resulting in network latency that can impact your overall application performance. If a region does not support availability zones or if your application does not use availability zones, the latency between the application tiers may increase as a result.

Today, we are announcing the preview of proximity placement groups. A new capability that we are making available to achieve co-location of your Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) resources and

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15

Jul

Enhancing the customer experience with the Azure Networking MSP partner program

We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and allow our partners to complement our offerings. In support of these efforts we are sharing the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) program along with partners that deliver value added managed cloud network services to help enterprise customers connect, operationalize, and scale their mission critical applications running in Azure.

Azure Networking MSP Partner Program enables partners such as networking focused MSPs, network carriers, and systems integrators (SIs) to use their rich networking experience to offer cloud and hybrid networking services around Azure’s growing portfolio of Azure Networking products and services.

Azure’s Networking services are fundamental building blocks critical to cloud migration, optimal connectivity, and security of applications. New networking services such as Virtual WAN, ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, and Azure Front Door further enrich this portfolio allowing customers to deploy richer applications in the cloud. The Networking MSP partners can help customers deploy and manage Azure Networking services.

Azure Networking MSPs

Azure MSPs play a critical role in enterprise cloud transformation by bringing their deep knowledge and real-world experience to help enterprise customers migrate to Azure. Azure MSPs and the Azure Expert MSP program make it easy for customers

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