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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



Friday, 21 February 2020

Data Relay 2020

I am excited to share the 2020 Data Relay tour details. We will be returning to Reading this year following a break last year. The dates and venues are:

Leeds Monday 28 September
Nottingham Tuesday 29 September
Birmingham Wednesday 30 September
Reading Thursday 1 October
Bristol Friday 2 October


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Diversity Dashboard

I came across this interesting tool, a diversity dashboard. A tool for monitoring diversity and inclusion in your workplace using the workflow tools GitHub and Slack. The Diversity Dashboard is a beta tool we has been developed to offer insights into gender inclusion within the workplace.

There is  project underway to gain insight for diversity and inclusion. The Women in Data Science and AI research project at The Alan Turing Institute is working to map the participation of women in data science and AI in the UK, and to investigate diversity and inclusion in tech workplace cultures, and bias in the design of AI systems. The project aims to increase the number of women in data science and AI through the development of data-based policy recommendations, thereby addressing the risks posed by the lack of diversity in these fields.



Wednesday, 29 January 2020

SQLBits 2020 Theme

The SQLBits theme has been announced for 2020. The Greatest Data Show!

They say no one ever makes a difference being like everyone else. SQLBits want you to bring your alter ego, embrace oddity, and soak in the spectacle at #SQLBits2020!

Registration is still open, so register now.


Saturday, 25 January 2020

Carbon negative

I read with great interest about the Microsoft announcement of becoming carbon negative. Microsoft have stated they will be carbon negative by 2030. Also by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

It is great that such an ambition has been set and it will be interesting to watch how this is achieved.  


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Azure Backup support files restore for SQL Server 2019

Azure Backup protects standalone SQL Server and SQL AlwaysOn configurations in Azure Virtual Machine without the need to deploy and manage any backup infrastructure.  This is a key addition to the general availability of Azure Backup for SQL Server Virtual Machine . It is possible to restore .bak files. Read more about this restore operation.






















Saturday, 18 January 2020

Azure SQL Database Edge

Azure SQL Database Edge is available in public preview. Azure SQL Database Edge runs on ARM and Intel architecture and brings the Microsoft SQL engine to the edge. This advancement helps reduce the development required with the same Microsoft SQL database engine both on-premises and in the cloud. 


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Microsoft Ignite The Tour 2020

Tomorrow it is Microsoft Ignite The Tour 16-17 January 2020 in London. Microsoft Ignite The Tour provides technical training led by Microsoft experts and your community. There are plenty of exciting things to learn, new ways to build solutions, migrate and manage infrastructure, and connect with local industry leaders and peers.