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Steve Hughes is a Principal Consultant at Magenic. His area of expertise is in data and business intelligence architecture on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. He was also the data architect for a SaaS company which delivered a transportation management solution for fleets across the United States. Steve has co-authored two books and delivered more than 30 presentations on SQL Server and data architecture over the past six years. He also provides insights from the field on his blog at http://dataonwheels.wordpress.com.

SQL Saturday #796 – Minnesota, 2018

First, many thanks to the SQL Saturday and MNPass team for putting on another great event and letting me participate.

I co-presented with Joshuha Owen (@JoshSQL) in a precon on Modern Enterprise Data Warehousing on Azure. Thanks to those who attended and participated in the conversations around changing the way… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 8 October 2018

Walmart Chose Azure, How About You?

Another major corporation has announced their decision to move to Azure. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? Walmart—yes, Walmart and Microsoft have announced an ongoing cloud partnership this year. While AWS would have been a competitor in this case, because Amazon put themselves in that position. But that’s not the real… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 5 October 2018

Azure IP Advantage

In today’s Azure Every Day post, I’d like to talk about something a little different from our normal posts, and that is Azure IP Advantage. Maybe you don’t know what this is. Well, Microsoft realized that innovating the cloud came with certain risks involving intellectual property (IP).

In realizing this,… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 4 October 2018

Azure Data Relational Services

Today I’d like to talk about the Azure Relational Data Services Platform. This is an important foundational component for many things that are being built on Azure Platform as a Service related to databases.

One of the key PaaS offerings when Microsoft started with Azure was Azure SQL Database. Moving… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 3 October 2018

Go Green with Blue Using Azure

Is your company working on ways to become more environmentally friendly? Taking care of the environment is an important topic, within organizations and around the world. You may be asking, what does Azure have to do with the environment?

Well, one thing we can do is take a closer look… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 2 October 2018

Azure Integration with Logic Apps

Today I’d like to talk about integration with Azure Logic Apps and how they can help your organization to do enterprise integration. Logic Apps is similar to Flow, but is an Azure tool, as opposed to an Office 365 tool. Logic Apps allows you to integrate a variety of apps,… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 1 October 2018

Azure Cognitive Services – Vision APIs

In this final post of my Azure Cognitive Services week of Azure Every Day, I’ll focus on the Vision APIs and Services within this stack. Azure Vision Cognitive Services leverages image-processing algorithms to smartly identify, caption and moderate your pictures. There are 3 APIs and 3 Services available in the… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 28 September 2018

Azure Cognitive Services – Speech APIs

This week in my Azure Every Day posts, I’ve been focusing on Azure Cognitive Services and what these features can add to your applications and your organization. Today my focus is the Speech APIs, which you can use to convert spoken audio into text, use voice for verification, or add… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 27 September 2018

Azure Cognitive Services – Language APIs

In today’s post focusing on Azure Cognitive Analytics, I’ll look at the Language Analytics APIs that are available. These language APIs allow your apps to process natural language with pre-built scripts, evaluate sentiment and learn how to recognize what users want. Often, you’ll work with Speech and Language APIs together,… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 26 September 2018

Azure Cognitive Services – Knowledge APIs

This week’s Azure Every Day posts are focused on the different APIs available within Azure Cognitive Services. Today I’ll focus on the Knowledge APIs, which map complex information and data in order to solve tasks such as intelligent recommendations and semantic search.

First up is the QnA Maker API,… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 25 September 2018

Azure Cognitive Services – Search APIs

Throughout this week’s Azure Every Day blog posts, I’ll focus on different APIs available with Azure Cognitive Services. With Azure Cognitive Services you can infuse your apps, websites and bots with intelligent algorithms to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret your user needs through natural methods of communication. You can… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 24 September 2018

Azure Integration with Flow

Today I’m talking more about integration with Flow within Azure. Flow is focused around business power users who need to create workflows or other things that move the data within and around applications. One benefit is that it eliminates the need for having IT staff build these workflows.

Flow… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 21 September 2018

Azure Integration Options and Overview

Today I’d like to talk about Azure integration services that you can leverage within the platform. Integration services allow data to interact with other applications or businesses and to move data around within the platform. I’d like to discuss what is currently available, where it might fit, as well as… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 20 September 2018

Why Customers Are Looking At Azure

As a Principal Consultant with Pragmatic Works, I have many conversations with customers about moving to Azure. As a Consulting Sales Manager, Jon Reutinger, has these discussions every day. I sat with Jon to ask what he commonly hears from customers about why they are looking at Azure.

People want… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 19 September 2018

ExpressRoute and VPNs in Azure

In this edition of Azure Every Day, I’d like to discuss networking and interacting between your data center and Azure. Two options you have are ExpressRoute and VPNs and I’d like to point out some reasons why you may choose one option over another or use a combination of both. Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 18 September 2018

4 Usage Scenarios for Bots

So, what do you really know about bots or how they can help your organization? You may be thinking, Pragmatic Works is all about data, why would they be excited about bots? Because interacting with your data is what bots is all about. With them, you can interact with your… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 17 September 2018

A Quick Intro to DevOps in Azure

Today, I’d like to discuss DevOps in Azure and tell you why you should consider using DevOps when you start moving to Azure. What DevOps is, can be hard to define. Everyone seems to know what it is, but no one can seem to define it in a simple way.… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 14 September 2018

Customer Roadblocks to Azure

When I speak with customers, I often find they share common roadblocks to using Azure. I recently sat down with our Consulting Sales Manager in Texas, to ask what he hears from customers, to see if together, we can shed some light to clear up some of these Azure roadblocks. Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 13 September 2018

Azure Storage – Hot, Cold, Archive

There’s a lot of talk about storage options. When working with customers, I often introduce them to Azure through storage, since it’s a great way to leverage cloud assets in a positive, non-threatening way.

In Azure there are 3 types of storage within Azure blob storage. Today, I’d like to… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 12 September 2018

Do You Need a Relational Data Warehouse?

Are you looking to do a major update to your data warehouse or looking to modernize? Many technologies have come about that are changing the landscape of what data warehouses are made of. In this Azure Every Day session, I’d like to talk about 3 new technologies in Azure and… Read more

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Posted in DataOnWheels on 11 September 2018

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