"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing" Einstein
Thursday, 24 December 2020
Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Monday, 21 December 2020
Data Toboggan is a new community conference specializing in Azure Synapse Analytics. The conference will run 30 Jan 2021. It is a free community event. Something to brighten the new year with.
A picture tells a 1000 words. Just a bit of fun collating some ideas about a exploratory data analysis (EDA). The term first promoted by John Tukey in his seminal work in 1977. I followed these approaches in my PhD.
Saturday, 19 December 2020
I read some sad news. PASS have been an amazing organization for helping me grow my data platform expertise, learn and network in the database world. The summit events will always be something to remember. They have just always been there. It is sad to have another casualty of COVID-19.
PASS could not have anticipated the impact COVID-19 would have on the world, and on our organization. We are all reeling from what this year has been and done, and it is with heavy hearts that we must share yet one more bit of bad news from the annus horribilis that was 2020.
Out of ashes rises something new that shines brightly in the sky. A beacon of hope and new beginnings. Time to create a new free community conference and #sqlfamily home that utilizes technology, not just Teams and virtual conferencing but create a virtual world with 3d imaginary of yourself for full interaction with ones peers. There needs to be a central hub as it is so important to be a part of the community to share, grow and innovate. That is what makes the #sqlfamily such a strong community.
Friday, 11 December 2020
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Sunday, 6 December 2020
Saturday, 5 December 2020
I would like to run a virtual conference at the end of January beginning of February called Data Toboggan. The slope that enables predictive analytics.
I would like these session types
- 4 ice sessions that may be short sessions for new speakers \ diversity enabled
- snow transformative innovation sessions
- toboggan regular session
I think what it needs is
- a logo
- sessionize for call for submissions
- the sessionize schedules published to the website to show local times zones and agenda
- meetup for attendees booking
- MSTeams for the conference sessions
I was hoping a few people would be interested and willing to help join together to bring this event to life.
Thursday, 3 December 2020
The Shape Your Future with Azure Data and Analytics digital event on 3rd December 2002 shared how a unified, end-to-end platform for data and analytics builds business agility and resilience. There is an imperative for digital transformation to take place. The speed of that transformation will define an organisations future. It is that tech intensity that Satya Nadella keeps mentioning.
The ability to empower people intelligently, virtually optimise operations and transform products is the future he sees. It is this analytical power that will turn an organisation from being reactive into being proactive. This predictive power will transform organizations. Data is your most strategic asset and it should be listed as its own line as a business asset.
It was announced that Azure Synaspe became generally available.
A tool that I wasn't aware of was Azure Synapse link. Azure Synapse Link enables no complex Extract Transform and Load of data to get to the analytics.
Digital transformation is never done. It is lots of little races to improve things. Once the data foundation is built there is freedom which enables flexibility to reimage the process then automate it. Data is going to define the century in the environment and health care resilience. The ability to test hypothesis's in parallel and experiment every day transforms the efficiency and effectiveness of the world.
The many speakers talked about the core capabilities of Analytics and AI and Data Governance. Microsoft announced Azure Purview, a unified data governance platform. It Reimagine data governance as the heart of every successful data project. you can look downstream to see where all the data is being used. It see this as being amazingly helpful in supporting business. It is a data map across your data estate that will register, scan and auto classify data. A business glossary helps drive meaning. Azure Purview changes the game in governance and was a missing piece.
Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Saturday, 14 November 2020
The day two keynote was delivered by Hanuma Kodavalla a Microsoft Technical Fellow.
"It is still an unending source of surprise for me to see how a few scribbles on a blackboard or on a sheet of paper could change the course of human affairs."
Then sharing the papers that started it all and the fact that is the 50th anniversary of Codd's paper this year.
He mentioned this paper I read a long time ago “One size
fits all": an idea whose time has come and gone M.
He went through all the previous versions of SQL with their key features ending with SQL Server 2019.
Another key paper was mentioned
Then moved to discuss newer product features of SQL Azure Serverless and Azure Defender
Thursday, 12 November 2020
The summit, 10-13 November 2020 is being live streamed through PASSTV.
This year’s first keynote is entitled 'Bringing the future into focus, the end to end Azure Data platform'.
Digital transformation brings change. This change of new technologies can be challenging to learn. For businesses the economies of scale can create efficiencies. The data platform has many elements BI, Analytics and AI, Hybrid Data management, relational databases, Edge and IOT, NoSQL databases, Azure Open Source Database Services (OSS databases) etc. New technologies can help save time. It is good news that the DBA’s key skills are transferable.
Azure services consist of SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines (for lift and shift and OS level access), Azure SQL Managed Instances (for modernizing existing apps), Azure SQL Database (for build cloud apps). There is also hyperscale for specific use cases. SQL Server workloads run best on Azure and have patching regimes.
It is good to see that Azure helps customers move at their own pace to the cloud which will enable them to pivot their company with less risk to something new. Azure SQL Server serverless means pay only for what is required. Azure Edge is an interesting development and is now generally available.
With the complex network of applications and systems in the modern data landscape it can be difficult to connect the data to gain value. Data virtualization is an important change.
Azure Arc is, I think, a real game changer to help with diverse database locations. It is a set of technologies that extends azure management and native data services outside of azure infrastructure to run across your environment even if you can’t migrate to the cloud due to data sovereignty, latency and or regulatory requirements you can still get the efficiency and agility the cloud offers with Azure Arc.
It is a versionless evergreen SQL that ensures you are always current. It provides cloud elasticity on premises which allows optimization of performance of your workloads and dynamically scale up and down without application downtime. Azure Arc offers unified management which allows you to see your data services running on premises alongside these running on azure through a single pane of glass and manage them using familiar tools like azure portal, azure data studio and azure CLI.
Azure Arc enabled SQL Server Managed Instance and PostgreSQL Hyperscale are in Public Preview
It is possible to use features such as vulnerability assessment and advance threat protection with SQL Defender using the same rules and machine learning algorithms.
The public preview was announced for
- Azure Cosmos DB – Serverless for all APIs
- Azure Database for PostgreSQL – Flexible Server
- Azure Database for MySQL – Flexible Server
- Azure Cache for Redis – Enterprise
Cloud Scale analytics on Azure with Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Databricks
Announcing public preview of new guided UI for machine learning models. Then to complete the services, Azure Synapse to analyse the data and then report on it in Power BI completes the stack.
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Thursday, 1 October 2020
The keynote for the 2020 SQLBits was delivered by Rohan Kumar on 'Digital Transformation from Edge to Cloud with Azure Data' . This celebrated the tools used to achieve digital transformation at breakneck speed within months and shared the innovations just launching. The Azure Data Strategy includes various tools such as cloud databases, Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI. These tools enable innovation anywhere, on premises, at the edge and in the cloud.
The Azure Data Strategy includes many tools, incorporating SQL Server.
Azure Synapse offers a new class of analytics. There were two announcements Public Preview of Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB (Synapse SQL Serverless) and Private preview of Power BI performance accelerator for Azure Synapse Analytics.
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
The UK National Data Strategy has been published https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-national-data-strategy/national-data-strategy There are 4 interconnected pillars listed:
- data foundation
- data skills
- data availability
- responsible data
The National Data Strategy is an ambitious growth for building a world leading data economy. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-data-strategy
A summary of the evidence reviewed and evidence gaps can be found here
The mission is to
It builds upon initiatives such as the , the , the and the – setting out a framework for how we approach and invest in data to strengthen our economy and create big opportunities for us in the future.
Sunday, 6 September 2020
It is exciting to see Microsoft Ignite be a digital event experience on September 22-24, 2020. Despite this being a strange year the
The sessions catalog is here.The catalog contains some amazinf learning experiences. The session Building Digital Resilience with Satya Nadella will be an interesting session to watch. I find Satya Nadella such an inspirational speaker.
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Thursday, 3 September 2020
Monday, 31 August 2020
To enable data governance programs to be successful it is important to establish the key roles and define the responsibilities within those.
Chief Data Officer - a corporate officer responsible for enterprise-wide governance and utilization of information as an asset, via data processing, analysis, data mining, information trading and other means. Wikipedia
Data Stewards - this label describes accountability and responsibility for data and processes to control the use of data assets. There are varying types of Stewards:
Enterprise data stewards- oversite of the data domain across business functions
Business data stewards - those who are subject matter experts
Technical data stewards - database administrators, BI specialists , data quality administrators
It is necessary the every data set has a data owner. A person responsible for the decision regarding the data. They normal are a business data steward.
Then often there is a data governance steering committee to manage the progress and invoke innovation.