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Cortana Analytics and Information Management

In previous posts I’ve provided an introduction to Microsoft’s cloud-based Cortana Analytics Suite, and we’ve looked at what data and event ingest capability it provides.  This time, I want to shed some light on what happens after Ingest.  Where do you land the data so that you can work to transform it into actionable intelligence? […]

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Announcing Windows IoT Core Preview and IoT Core Starter Kit

Exciting news in the world of IoT! Back in August, Microsoft announced the preview build for the Windows IoT Core operating system for the Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max. Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition for Windows targeted towards small, embedded devices that may or may not have screens. For devices with screens, […]

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Azure: Did you know? Application Proxy for Web Applications

Have you ever needed to publish an internal web application for use outside of your corporate firewall?  If you have, you’re probably aware of many of the complications that come up while exploring that option including what ports need to be exposed, to DMZ or not to DMZ, various authentication challenges, etc.  Well, now you can with […]

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Azure SQL – Row Level Security Now Available

Row-Level Security (RLS) for Azure SQL Database is now generally available. RLS simplifies the design and coding of security in your application. RLS enables you to implement restrictions on data row access. For example ensuring that workers can access only those data rows that are pertinent to their department, or restricting a customer’s data access […]

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Pfizer Wants To Know How You’re Feeling (In Hong Kong)

  According to a recent letter written in the South China Morning Post by Chien Wai-tong, a professor and the associate head (of research) in the school of nursing at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, one in about every four people in Hong Kong has been affected by a mental health issue at some point in […]

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Northwestern Medicine Uses Epic to Deliver Value-Based Care

Recently, Kate Tuttle, my colleague and healthcare marketing guru, wrote a post over on Perficient’s Healthcare Industry Trends blog, describing the shift from a fee-for-service based model to a value-based care model and the subsequent need for a 360-degree patient view. Many healthcare organizations are facing challenges around transforming data into meaningful information – information […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Block vs Page Blobs

Azure storage service supports two types of blobs (blob, or BLOB, stand for Binary Large OBject, i.e. an unstructured binary data): block and page blobs. Blob type is selected when blob is created and then it can’t be changed. Although both blob types allow for storage of large binary objects in Azure, they are optimized […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Hybrid Connections as VPN Alternative

In real life cloud deployment scenarios one of the very common cases is when only part of the application resides in the cloud. Usually, it’s when there is a legacy system which can’t be migrated to the cloud and resides on premises, or it’s not optimal to deploy entire system to the cloud. After all, […]

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On-Premises BI Gets a Boost in SQL Server 2016

At their recent Ignite conference in Chicago, Microsoft unleashed a flood of new information about their products and services across a wide variety of functions.   Business Intelligence was not left out, by any means, with announcements of exciting new cloud-based offerings such as Azure Data Warehouse and Azure Data Lake.  But given all the focus […]

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Microsoft Azure Data Platform Capability Expands Yet Again

Yet again, Microsoft builds on their increasingly compelling Data Platform story by bringing out new offerings. As my colleague Stan Tartinovksy wrote last week, Azure Data Warehouse is coming.   But that’s not the only new piece of the Microsoft data environment. Also announced at the Ignite 2015 conference was a new Elastic Databases feature for Azure […]

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Ignite 2015 Recap – Top 3 Sessions to Replay

Welcome back from a great Ignite Conference! By now, I hope everyone knows that the conference recordings are posted to channel9, a section of MSDN. Microsoft does a great job of recording and publishing all of this content quickly, its pretty awesome. One of my biggest challenges at the conference was knowing which session to […]

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New features for Office 365 SSO and RMS – Ignite 2015

Some very exciting new capabilities were announced here (Ignite conference) as part of the Office 365 suite powered by Azure AD and rights management service. I will share two of these here • Cloud App Discovery • Document Tracking Cloud App Discovery With 365 you’re already setup for SSO but if you require some advanced […]

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Office 365 NextGen Portals Under the Hood – Ignite 2015

Family of NextGen portals Video Delve Infopedia Notion of these portals is built on the following pillars Intelligent Mobile Social Ready to go NEXTGEN PORTAL MODEL NEXTGEN PORTAL ARCHITECTURE Office 365 Video Powered by azure media services Easily consume Share ideas broadly (rich discoverable social video across devices with yammer embedded) Secure & easy to manage […]

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Ignite 2015 – DevOps Strategy, Visual Studio Online Announcements

For my first session at Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015, I chose DevOps as a Strategy for Business Agility by Brian Harry, Microsoft Technical Fellow and he serves as the Product Unit Manager for Microsoft Team Foundation Server. I must say, it was a great choice. Brian kicked off this amazing session with only a few, very […]

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Ignite 2015 – Keynote Review & New Product Announcements

The Microsoft Ignite Conference 2015 kicked off today with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Lots of marketing fluff to start the presentation, which is to be expected. Microsoft’s new vision is Cloud First | Mobile First – Empowering I.T., Developers, and Consumers to come together. Next, he outlined the three key pillars that span Devices, Apps, […]

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Key Announcements at Microsoft Ignite Keynote – Satya Nadella

It’s absolutely stunning atmosphere here in Chicago. What a breathtaking use of technology and level of energy with 23,000 technology folks here at Microsoft Ignite. It took two full days just to arrange chairs for the keynote! Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke about how businesses are being transformed and will be the focus of Microsoft […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Always On Web Apps

When you creating a new web app (or web site, how it used to be called until recently) it’s have “Always On” setting off by default, which means the web site will be recycled after period of inactivity (20 minutes). This setting is somewhat similar to “Idle Time-out” setting on IIS application pool.When you web […]

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Top 10 Announcements from Build 2015 Keynote on Day 1

The 2015 BUILD Conference kicked off today, and today’s keynote was packed full of TONS of announcements and new information. Some of these things are going to be released sometime this year, but some of it has also been released to be available today! Even though you can watch the Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote […]

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Working with dynamic schema in Azure DocumentDB

About a week ago Azure DocumentDB, a new Microsoft’s entry into NoSql database market, become generally available. DocumentDB allows user to to store/update/delete arbitrary objects (as complex as needed, not limited by relation structure) and query these objects using a special (quite limited) flavor of SQL (yes, SQL!) or LINQ when it’s used from .NET. […]

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2015 Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference – The Power of Community

The Microsoft MVP Virtual Conference is a virtual/remote, 2 day live event on May 14 – 15, 2015. This is a brand new conference presented entirely by Microsoft MVP’s! Conference sessions will be provided in IT Professional, Developer and Consumer tracks, in addition with sessions available in English, Spanish or Portuguese tracks. The full agenda […]

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