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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.

Archives: 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, 493 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, 139 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, 126 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, 951 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, 443 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, 134 reads

Posted in James Serra's Blog on 2 April 2018