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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Analytics Platform System (APS) AU7 released

The Analytics Platform System (APS), which is a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW), has just released an appliance update (AU7), which is sort of like a service pack, except that it includes many new features.

Below is what is new in this release:

Customers will get… Read more

0 comments, 158 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 18 June 2018

Analytics Platform System (APS) AU7 released

The Analytics Platform System (APS), which is a renaming of the Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW), has just released an appliance update (AU7), which is sort of like a service pack, except that it includes many new features.

Below is what is new in this release:

Customers will get… Read more

0 comments, 81 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 18 June 2018

Understanding Cosmos DB

Cosmos DB is an awesome product that is mainly used for large-scale OLTP solutions.  Any web, mobile, gaming, and IoT application that needs to handle massive amounts of data, reads, and writes at a globally distributed scale with near-real response times for a variety of data are great use cases… Read more

1 comments, 19 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 June 2018

Understanding Cosmos DB

Cosmos DB is an awesome product that is mainly used for large-scale OLTP solutions.  Any web, mobile, gaming, and IoT application that needs to handle massive amounts of data, reads, and writes at a globally distributed scale with near-real response times for a variety of data are great use cases… Read more

1 comments, 2,348 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 June 2018

Getting value out of data quickly

There are times when you need to create a “quick and dirty” solution to build a report.  This blog will show you one way of using a few Azure products to accomplish that.  This should not be viewed as a replacement for a data warehouse but rather as a way… Read more

2 comments, 363 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 30 May 2018

Getting value out of data quickly

There are times when you need to create a “quick and dirty” solution to build a report.  This blog will show you one way of using a few Azure products to accomplish that.  This should not be viewed as a replacement for a data warehouse but rather as a way… Read more

2 comments, 26 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 30 May 2018

Microsoft Build event announcements

Another Microsoft event and another bunch of exciting announcements.  At the Microsoft Build event this week, the major announcements in the data platform space were:

Multi-master at global scale with Azure Cosmos DB.  Perform writes on containers of data (for example, collections, graphs, tables) distributed anywhere in the world.… Read more

1 comments, 12 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 May 2018

Microsoft Build event announcements

Another Microsoft event and another bunch of exciting announcements.  At the Microsoft Build event this week, the major announcements in the data platform space were:

Multi-master at global scale with Azure Cosmos DB.  Perform writes on containers of data (for example, collections, graphs, tables) distributed anywhere in the world.… Read more

1 comments, 478 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 May 2018

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 announced

Monday was announced the general availability of the Compute Optimized Gen2 tier of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.  With this performance optimized tier, Microsoft is dramatically accelerating query performance and concurrency.

The changes in Azure SQL DW Compute Optimized Gen2 tier are:

Read more

1 comments, 247 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 May 2018

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Gen2 announced

Monday was announced the general availability of the Compute Optimized Gen2 tier of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.  With this performance optimized tier, Microsoft is dramatically accelerating query performance and concurrency.

The changes in Azure SQL DW Compute Optimized Gen2 tier are:

Read more

1 comments, 11 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 May 2018

Podcast: Big Data Solutions in the Cloud

In this podcast I talk with Carlos Chacon of SQL Data Partners on big data solutions in the cloud.  Here is the description of the chat:

Big Data.  Do you have big data?  What does that even mean?  In this episode I explore some of the concepts of how organizations… Read more

0 comments, 10 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 16 April 2018

Podcast: Big Data Solutions in the Cloud

In this podcast I talk with Carlos Chacon of SQL Data Partners on big data solutions in the cloud.  Here is the description of the chat:

Big Data.  Do you have big data?  What does that even mean?  In this episode I explore some of the concepts of how organizations… Read more

0 comments, 351 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 16 April 2018

Cost savings of the cloud

I often hear people say moving to the cloud does not save money, but frequently they don’t take into account the savings for indirect costs that are hard to measure (or the benefits you get that are simply not cost-related).  For example, the cloud allows you to get started in… Read more

3 comments, 819 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 April 2018

Cost savings of the cloud

I often hear people say moving to the cloud does not save money, but frequently they don’t take into account the savings for indirect costs that are hard to measure (or the benefits you get that are simply not cost-related).  For example, the cloud allows you to get started in… Read more

3 comments, 11 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 11 April 2018

Podcast: Myths of Modern Data Management

As part of the Secrets of Data Analytics Leaders by the Eckerson Group, I did a 30-minute podcast with Wayne Eckerson where I discussed myths of modern data management.  Some of the myths discussed include ‘all you need is a data lake’, ‘the data warehouse is dead’, ‘we don’t need… Read more

1 comments, 4 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 April 2018

Podcast: Myths of Modern Data Management

As part of the Secrets of Data Analytics Leaders by the Eckerson Group, I did a 30-minute podcast with Wayne Eckerson where I discussed myths of modern data management.  Some of the myths discussed include ‘all you need is a data lake’, ‘the data warehouse is dead’, ‘we don’t need… Read more

1 comments, 338 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 April 2018

Webinar: Is the traditional data warehouse dead?

As a follow-up to my blog Is the traditional data warehouse dead?, I did a webinar on that very topic for the Agile Big Data Processing Summit.  The deck is here and the webinar is below:

 

Read more

1 comments, 285 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 28 March 2018

Webinar: Is the traditional data warehouse dead?

As a follow-up to my blog Is the traditional data warehouse dead?, I did a webinar on that very topic for the Agile Big Data Processing Summit.  The deck is here and the webinar is below:

 

Read more

1 comments, 11 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 28 March 2018

Is the traditional data warehouse dead? webinar

As a follow-up to my blog Is the traditional data warehouse dead?, I will be doing a webinar on that very topic tomorrow (March 27th) at 11am EST for the Agile Big Data Processing Summit that I hope you can join.  Details can be found here.  The abstract… Read more

1 comments, 6 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 26 March 2018

Is the traditional data warehouse dead? webinar

As a follow-up to my blog Is the traditional data warehouse dead?, I will be doing a webinar on that very topic tomorrow (March 27th) at 11am EST for the Agile Big Data Processing Summit that I hope you can join.  Details can be found here.  The abstract… Read more

1 comments, 469 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 26 March 2018

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