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Learn how to accelerate time to insight at the Analytics in Azure virtual event

The next wave of analytics is here with Azure Synapse Analytics! Simply unmatched and truly limitless, we’re excited about this launch and want to share the highlights with you. Please join us for the Analytics in Azure virtual event on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time. Be among the first to see how Azure Synapse can accelerate your organization’s time to insight. Sign up for the live stream today for reminders, agenda updates, and instructions to tune in live.

Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources at scale. Build end-to-end analytics solutions with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs, with blazing speed.

Join us for this virtual event and find out how to:

Query petabyte-scale data on demand from the data lake, or provision elastic compute resources for demanding workloads like data warehousing. Build a modern data warehouse enhanced with streaming analytics, machine learning, BI, and AI capabilities. Reduce project development time for machine learning,




New in Stream Analytics: Machine Learning, online scaling, custom code, and more

Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed Platform as a Service (PaaS) that supports thousands of mission-critical customer applications powered by real-time insights. Out-of-the-box integration with numerous other Azure services enables developers and data engineers to build high-performance, hot-path data pipelines within minutes. The key tenets of Stream Analytics include Ease of use, Developer productivity, and Enterprise readiness. Today, we’re announcing several new features that further enhance these key tenets. Let’s take a closer look at these features:

Preview Features

Rollout of these preview features begins November 4th, 2019. Worldwide availability to follow in the weeks after. 

Online scaling

In the past, changing Streaming Units (SUs) allocated for a Stream Analytics job required users to stop and restart. This resulted in extra overhead and latency, even though it was done without any data loss.

With online scaling capability, users will no longer be required to stop their job if they need to change the SU allocation. Users can increase or decrease the SU capacity of a running job without having to stop it. This builds on the customer promise of long-running mission-critical pipelines that Stream Analytics offers today.

Change SUs on a Stream Analytics job while it is running.




Microsoft Azure AI hackathon’s winning projects

We are excited to share the winners of the first Microsoft Azure AI Hackathon, hosted on Devpost. Developers of all backgrounds and skill levels were welcome to join and submit any form of AI project, whether using Azure AI to enhance existing apps with pre-trained machine learning (ML) models or by building ML models from scratch. Over 900 participants joined in, and 69 projects were submitted. A big thank you to all who participated and many congratulations to the winners.

First place—Trashé


Submitted by Nathan Glover and Stephen Mott, Trashé is a SmartBin that aims to help people make more informed recycling decisions. What I enjoyed most was watching the full demo of Trashé in action! It’s powerful when you see not just the intelligence, but the end-to-end scenario of how it can be applied in a real-world environment.

This team used many Azure services to connect the hardware, intelligence, and presentation layers—you can see this is a well-researched architecture that is reusable in multiple scenarios. Azure Custom Vision was a great choice in this case, enabling the team create a well performing model with very little training data. The more we recycle, the better the model will get.




Microsoft and SWIFT extend partnership to make native payments a reality

This blog post is co-authored by George Zinn, Corporate VP, Microsoft Treasurer.

This week at Sibos, the world’s largest financial services event, Microsoft and SWIFT are showcasing the evolution of the cloud-native proof of concept (POC) announced at last year’s event. Building off the relationship between Microsoft Azure, SWIFT, and the work with Microsoft treasury, the companies are entering a long-term strategic partnership to bring to market SWIFT Cloud Connect on Azure. Together we have built out an end-to-end architecture that utilizes various Azure services to ensure SWIFT Cloud Connect achieves the resilience, security, and compliance demands for material workloads in the financial services industry. Microsoft is the first cloud provider working with SWIFT to build public cloud connectivity and will soon make this solution available to the industry. 

SWIFT is the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services used and trusted by more than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories. Today, enterprises and banks conduct these transactions by sending payment messages over the highly secure SWIFT network, leveraging on-premises installations of SWIFT technology. SWIFT Cloud Connect creates a bank-like wire transfer experience with the added operational, security, and intelligence benefits the Microsoft cloud




Improved developer experience for Azure Blockchain development kit

As digital transformation expands beyond the walls of one company and into processes shared across organizations, businesses are looking to blockchain as a way to share workflow data and logic.

This spring we introduced Azure Blockchain Service, a fully-managed blockchain service that simplifies the formation, management, and governance of consortium blockchain networks. With a few simple clicks, users can create and deploy a permissioned blockchain network and manage consortium membership using an intuitive interface in the Azure portal.

To help developers building applications on the service, we also introduced our Azure Blockchain development kit for Ethereum. Delivered via Visual Studio Code, the dev kit runs on all major operating systems, and brings together the best of Microsoft and open source blockchain tooling, including deep integration with leading OSS tools from Truffle. These integrations enable developers to create, compile, test, and manage smart contract code before deploying it to a managed network in Azure.

We’re constantly looking and listening to feedback for areas where we can lean in and help developers go further, faster. This week for TruffleCon, we’re releasing some exciting new features that make it easier than ever to build blockchain applications:

Interactive debugger: Debugging of Ethereum smart contracts,




Microsoft Azure welcomes customers, partners, and industry leaders to Siggraph 2019!

SIGGRAPH is back in Los Angeles and so is Microsoft Azure! I hope you can join us at Booth #1351 to hear from leading customers and innovative partners.

Teradici, Bebop, Support Partners, Blender, and more will be there to showcase the latest in cloud-based rendering and media workflows:

See a real-time demonstration of Teradici’s PCoIP Workstation Access Software, showcasing how it enables a world-class end-user experience for graphics-accelerated applications on Azure’s NVIDIA GPUs. Experience a live demonstration of industry-standard visual effects, animation, and other post-production tools on the BeBop platform. It is the leading solution for cloud-based media and entertainment workflows, creativity, and collaboration. Learn more about how cloud-integrator Support Partners enables companies to run complex and exciting hybrid workflows in Azure. Be the first to hear about Azure’s integration with Blender’s render manager Flamenco and how users can easily deploy a completely virtual render farm and file server. The Azure Flamenco Manager will be freely available on GitHub, and we can’t wait to hear how it is being used and get your feedback.

We’re also demonstrating how you can simplify the creation and management of hybrid cloud rendering environments, get the most of your on-prem investments while bursting to




Highlights from SIGMOD 2019: New advances in database innovation

The emergence of the cloud and the edge as the new frontiers for computing is an exciting direction—data is now dispersed within and beyond the enterprise, on-premises, in the cloud, and at the edge. We must enable intelligent analysis, transactions, and responsible governance for data everywhere, from creation through to deletion (through the entire lifecycle of ingestion, updates, exploration, data prep, analysis, serving, and archival).

Our commitment to innovation is reflected in our unique collaborative approach to product development. Product teams work in synergy with research and advanced development groups, including Cloud Information Services Lab, Gray Systems Lab, and Microsoft Research, to push boundaries, explore novel concepts and challenge hypotheses.

The Azure Data team continues to lead the way in on-premises and cloud-based database management. SQL Server has been identified as the top DBMS by Gartner for four consecutive years.  Our aim is to re-think and redefine data management by developing optimal ways to capture, store and analyze data.

I’m especially excited that this year we have three teams presenting their work: “Socrates: The New SQL Server in the Cloud,” “Automatically Indexing Millions of Databases in Microsoft Azure SQL Database,” and the Gray Systems Lab research team’s “Event Trend Aggregation




Azure Security Expert Series: Learn best practices and Customer Lockbox general availability

With more computing environments moving to the cloud, the need for stronger cloud security has never been greater. But what constitutes effective cloud security, and what best practices should you be following?

While Microsoft Azure delivers unmatched built-in security, it is important that you understand the breadth of security controls and take advantage of them to protect your workloads.

We launched the Azure Security Expert Series, which will provide on-going virtual content to help security professionals protect hybrid cloud environments. Ann Johnson, CVP of Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, kicked off the series and shared five cloud security best practices:

Strengthen Access Control Increase your security posture Secure apps and data Manage networking Mitigate threats

Make sure you are up to speed with each of these important best practices as you secure your own organization.

Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure

During Ann’s main talk, she announced the general availability of Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure. Customer Lockbox for Azure extends our commitment to customer privacy while also giving you help when you need it most. With Customer Lockbox for Microsoft Azure, customers can review and approve or reject requests from Microsoft engineers to access their data during a support




Azure Security Expert Series: Best practices from Ann Johnson
Azure Security Expert Series: Best practices from Ann Johnson

June 19th 10 am – 11 am PT (1 pm – 2 pm ET)

With more computing environments moving to the cloud, the need for stronger cloud security has never been greater. But what constitutes effective cloud security, and what best practices should you be following?

We are excited to launch the Azure security expert series on June 19th, for security operations and IT professionals. Kicking off with Ann Johnson, CVP of Cybersecurity for Microsoft, and other industry experts in discussions on a wide range of cloud security topics.

Save the date What is included in the event?

You’ll hear from Ann Johnson on the following:

Cloud security best practices with Hayden Hainsworth, GM and Partner, Cybersecurity Engineering at Microsoft. The latest Azure security innovations. Partnership with Ran Nahmias, Head of Cloud Security at Check Point Software Technologies. Security principles from a Microsoft enterprise customer.

During the streaming event, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a live chat with Microsoft cloud security experts.

You will also have access to watch our new on-demand sessions at your own pace, all led by Microsoft security product experts, to gain practical knowledge from these topics:

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