19

Sep

On-premises data gateway September update is now available
On-premises data gateway September update is now available

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-september-update-is-now-available/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/on-premises-data-gateway-september-update-is-now-available/           We are happy to announce that we have just released the September update for the On-premises data gateway (version 14.16.6808.1)

19

Sep

Improve patient engagement and efficiency with AI powered chatbots

A major item in scoring a health care organization is patient engagement. That is, patients are more likely to give a higher rating if they have some way to communicate to an organization with as little friction as possible. Improving the patient engagement experience can also improve patient outcomes — the hope is to do it affordably. Artificial intelligence (AI) powered health agents, also known as “chatbots,” can engage patients 24/7, using different languages, and at very low cost. These AI agents can assist healthcare organizations across a variety of use cases, for example:

Check and triage patient symptoms using established medical protocols. Look up medical information about conditions, symptoms, causes, and complications. Find healthcare providers to consult with for specific patient conditions. Answer health plan inquiries, for example checking member eligibility. Schedule patient appointments with healthcare providers.

Read on for an overview of powerful cloud-based tools you can use to rapidly create and deploy your AI powered health agents in Microsoft Azure.

Rapid development and deployment to the cloud

The primary service to rapidly develop and deploy your new chatbot is the Azure Health Bot Service. This is a service that includes a visual editor for customizing bots

19

Sep

Deep dive into Azure Test Plans
Deep dive into Azure Test Plans

Azure Test Plans, a service launched with Azure DevOps earlier this month, provides a browser-based test management solution for exploratory, planned manual, and user acceptance testing. Azure Test Plans also provides a browser extension for exploratory testing and gathering feedback from stakeholders.

Manual and exploratory testing continue to be important techniques for evaluating quality of a product/service, alongside the DevOps emphasis on automated testing. In modern software development processes, everybody in the team contributes to or owns quality – including developers, testers, managers, product owners, user experience advocates, and more. Azure Test Plans addresses all these needs. Let’s take a closer look.

Note: For automated testing as part of your CI/CD workflow, consider leveraging Azure Pipelines. It provides mechanisms for continuous build, test, and deployment to any platform and cloud.

Testing is integral to DevOps and Agile teams

A common practice is to base tests on user stories, features, or scenarios that are managed on a Kanban board as in Azure Boards. With Azure Test Plans, a team can leverage manual testing right from within their Kanban board. This provides end-to-end traceability because tests and defects are automatically linked to the requirements and builds being tested, which also helps you

18

Sep

9/20 Webinar: Comments in Power BI -a new hub to discuss data and collaborate by Nikhil Gaekwad

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/9-20-webinar-comments-in-power-bi-a-new-hub-to-discuss-data-and-collaborate-by-nikhil-gaekwad/Source: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/9-20-webinar-comments-in-power-bi-a-new-hub-to-discuss-data-and-collaborate-by-nikhil-gaekwad/           This week’s Webinar, Power BI Program Manager Nikhil Gaekwad will look at how you can directly add comments to dashboards and specific visuals to discuss your data.

18

Sep

Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs now generally available

Financial Services organizations regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and more are required to retain business-related communications in a Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) or immutable state that ensures they are non-erasable and non-modifiable for a specific retention interval. The immutable storage requirement is not limited to financial organizations but also applies to industries such as healthcare, insurance, media, public safety, and legal services.

Today, we are excited to reveal the general availability of immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs to address this requirement. The feature is available in all Azure public regions. Through configurable policies, users can keep Azure Blob storage data in an immutable state where Blobs can be created and read, but not modified or deleted.

Typical applications include:

Regulatory compliance: Immutable storage for Azure Blobs is designed to help financial institutions and related industries address SEC 17a-4(f), CFTC 1.31©-(d), FINRA etc. A technical whitepaper with details on how the feature addresses these regulatory requirements is downloadable now via the Service Trust Portal. The Azure Trust Center contains detailed information about our compliance certifications. Secure document retention:

17

Sep

HDInsight tools for Visual Studio Code: simplifying cluster and Spark job configuration management

We are happy to announce that HDInsight Tools for Visual Studio Code (VS Code) now leverage VS Code built-in user settings and workspace settings to manage HDInsight clusters and Spark job submissions. With this feature, you can manage your linked clusters and set your preferred Azure environment with VS Code user settings. You can also set your default cluster and manage your job submission configurations via VS Code workspace settings.

HDInsight Tools for VS Code can access HDInsight clusters in Azure regions worldwide. To grant more flexible access to HDInsight clusters, you can  access the clusters through your Azure subscriptions, by linking to your HDInsight cluster using your Ambari username and password, or by connecting to an HDInsight Enterprise Security Package Cluster via the domain name and password. All Azure settings and linked HDInsight clusters are kept in VS Code user settings for your future use. The Spark job submission can support up to a hundred parameters to give you the flexibility to maximize cluster computing resources usage, and also allow you to specify the right parameters to optimize your Spark job performance. By leveraging the VS Code workspace setting, you have the flexibility to specify parameters in JSON format.

17

Sep

Programmatically onboard and manage your subscriptions in Azure Security Center

This post was co-authored by Tiander Turpijn, Senior Program Manager.

Securing your Azure workloads has become easier with the release of Azure Security Center (ASC) official PowerShell Module!

Many organizations are looking to automate more tasks, as manual work is prone to human error and creates a potential for duplicative work. The need for automation is especially prevalent when it comes to large scale deployments that involve dozens of subscriptions with hundreds and thousands of resources – all of which must be secured from the beginning.

To streamline the security aspects of the DevOps lifecycle, ASC has recently released its official PowerShell module. This enables organizations to programmatically automate onboarding and management of their Azure resources in ASC and adding the necessary security controls.

This blog will focus on using PowerShell to onboard ASC. Future blog posts will demonstrate how you can use PowerShell to automate the management of your resources in ASC.

In this example, we will enable Security Center on a subscription with ID: d07c0080-170c-4c24-861d-9c817742786c and apply the recommended settings that provide a high level of protection, by implementing the standard tier of Security Center, which provides advanced threat protection and detection capabilities:

Set the ASC to standard.

17

Sep

Jenkins Azure ACR Build plugin now in public preview
Jenkins Azure ACR Build plugin now in public preview

Last year at Jenkins World, we announced Jenkins on Azure support for Kubernetes. We shipped the Azure Container Agent which allows you to scale out to Azure and run a Jenkins Agent on Azure Container Instances (ACI) and/or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). Using the Kubernetes Continuous Deploy or Deploy to Azure Container Services (AKS) plugins, you can deploy containers to Kubernetes.

Back in April, we published a blog post in Kubernetes.io sharing with the community how to achieve Blue/Green deployment to Azure Container Services (AKS). Some questions remained to be answered though:

What if I need to build a Docker image when I use ACI as my Jenkins build agent? If I run Docker Build on AKS, is it secured?

Earlier this year, the Azure Container Registry team released a preview of a native container build capability called Azure Container Registry (ACR) Build, which solves just these problems. One of the best things about ACR build is you only pay for the compute you use to build your images.

Build from local directory

Let’s say you have an existing pipeline that uses Maven to build your Java project and then deploys to AKS:

node { /* … snip… */

17

Sep

Come check out Azure Stack at Ignite 2018
Come check out Azure Stack at Ignite 2018

We are excited to host you all at this year’s Ignite conference. The Azure Stack team has put together a list of sessions along with a pre-day event to ensure that you will enhance your skills on Microsoft’s hybrid cloud solution and get the most out of this year’s conference.

We have an agenda that is tailored for developers who use Azure Stack to develop innovative hybrid solutions using services on Azure Stack and Azure, as well as operators who are responsible for the operations, security, and resiliency of Azure Stack itself. Whether you’re a developer or an IT operator, there’s something for you.

To fully benefit from our sessions we recommended you attend our two overview talks, “Intelligent Edge with Azure Stack” and “Azure Stack Overview and Roadmap”. If you’re looking to learn how to operate Azure Stack, we recommend you attend “The Guide to Becoming an Azure Stack Operator” to learn what it takes to get the most of your investment. If you’re just “Getting started with Microsoft Azure Stack as a developer”, we’ve created a path for you as well. See the learning map below:


  The following table list the details of each session.

 

17

Sep

Azure.Source – Volume 49
Azure.Source – Volume 49

Welcome to Azure DevOps

The big news last week was the introduction of Azure DevOps, which represents the evolution of Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). Azure DevOps is a set of five new services that can be used together as a unified product, independently as stand-alone services or in any combination: Azure Pipelines, Azure Boards, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, and Azure Artifacts. Azure Pipelines is a fully-managed CI/CD service that enables developers to continuously build, test, and deploy any type of app, to any platform or cloud, which is available with free, unlimited CI/CD minutes for open source projects and integrated with the GitHub CI marketplace. In partnership with GitHub, we built an extension for Visual Studio Code that give developers the ability to review GitHub pull request source code from within the editor.

 

Azure DevOps & Azure Pipelines Launch Keynote – Learn all about our announcement from hosts Jamie Cool, Donovan Brown and guests who will cover what’s new in Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, our GitHub CI integration and much more. Watch more content here: aka.ms/AzureDevOpsLaunch.

Introducing Azure DevOps – Announcement blog post from Jamie Cool, Director of Program Management, Azure