Passionately curious about Data, Databases and Systems Complexity. Data is ubiquitous, the database universe is dichotomous (structured and unstructured), expanding and complex. Find my Database Research at SQLToolkit.co.uk . Microsoft Data Platform MVP

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" Einstein

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Azure HDInsight Learning Path

Microsoft Learn enables you to gain hands on learning for different products. Azure HDInsight is one of those such courses. The course entitled  Building Open Source Software (OSS) Analytical Solutions with Azure HDInsight has various modules:

  • Introduction to the Open source Analytics Offering
  • Choose the correct HDInsight Configuration to build open source analytical solutions
  • Creating and configuring a HDInsight cluster
  • Perform Zero ETL analytics with HDInsight Interactive Query
There is such a wealth of information on the site that is worth exploring including learning paths, certification and docs. It is great to be able to learn at your own pace.

Saturday, 16 November 2019

The Tree of Learning is now fully grown

As part of the last 50 years of life changing education the Tree of Learning is now fully grown and installed in the Betty Boothroyd Library on Walton Hall Campus in Milton Keynes. It reflects on the last 50 years of life-changing education. As an alumni I supported this great cause to help provide potential students the opportunity to access higher education by supporting the 50th Anniversary Scholarships Fund. The Fund aims to offer free University education to 50 carers. Each donor could choose to be recognized and have a shield personalized with their name and a year that is significant to their OU journey.  Over 7200 people donated and choose to have a shield like myself. The Tree is 22-foot (6.7m). The Tree is organised with the earliest dates, the 1970s at the bottom moving through the decades to the most recent years at the top of the Tree. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Report 2019

The fourth industrial revolution report 2019 is independent research, commissioned by Big Data LDN and sponsored by Cloudera, surveyed 500 of the UK’s most influential data leaders.

Key Fourth Industrial Revolution Report 2019 findings include:

  1. The human barriers to data-driven culture - The majority (86%) of UK data experts feel a lack of enthusiasm and support prevents creating a data-driven culture.
  2. Lack of data visualisation holds UK organisations back - 45% of UK data leaders see the lack of data visualisation skills as the biggest barrier to business requirements.
  3. Data leaders investing in humans to cross the skills chasm - Over half of UK organisations bridge the business (59%) and technology (57%) skills gap by upskilling employees.
  4. AI and ML slow down - Despite AI and ML being considered as the technology of the moment, this year’s respondents have cited a 21% decrease in its usage.
  5. GDPR still top concern - GDPR is still the dominating regulation for many (46%) UK data experts - its power over UK organisations’ data governance programs grows stronger each year. 
Download the report here

Friday, 8 November 2019

Big Data LDN 2019

Register for free for The UK's largest data & analytics conference and exhibition https://bigdataldn.com/register

Plan your two days at Big Data LDN. Create your own personalised itinerary, search speaker & exhibitor profiles and network with other delegates. https://guidebook.com/g/bigdataldn19/

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Book of News Ignite 2019

This is the second edition of the Microsoft Ignite Book of News. It is a guide to all the announcements that Microsoft are making.  The book makes its easy to navigate through all the latest information and the vast number of exciting new products and features.