Commuting Stats with Azure Functions and Azure Data Lake

Like most people I have to get up in the morning, and get to work in some way. This usually means hopping on the metro, possibly followed by a bus afterwards, or a short stroll. (Depends on my end destination, which can vary.) The first part of the journey with the metro is fairly constant…

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Azure Content Spotlight – ASOS: How they migrated from local monolith to microservices in Azure

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. In a series on Microsoft Mechanics called “How we built it”, the lead architect from the British online fashion retailer ASOS describes the design goals and motivation for moving from an…

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Transitioning from On-Prem Virtual Machines to More Cost Effective Azure Cloud Models

Transitioning from On-Prem VMs to the Cloud via ‘Lift-and-Shift’ On February 14th, 2017, the last of my company’s physical servers were powered-off and then scheduled to be unracked and boxed for shipping out of the co-location hosting data centre. The physical servers that my company had invested in and setup to power our development, testing,…

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CQRS in Azure - Part 4

In CQRS in Azure Part 1, CQRS was defined and context was provided to explain why the pattern is relevant to building solutions in Azure.  CQRS in Azure – Part 2 and CQRS in Azure – part 3 illustrates the pattern by using a fictitious inventory system in order provide potential strategies for addressing the…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Cosmos DB

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s globally distributed database service designed to allow customers to scale throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions.  The main issue Azure Cosmos DB is…

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Data Cleansing Tools in Azure Machine Learning

Today, we’ll discuss the impact of data cleansing in a Machine Learning model and how it can be achieved in Azure Machine Learning (Azure ML) studio. It is an important part of the Data Science Process as I discussed in my previous blog post. In this example, I’m using a credit scoring data set which has the…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Build 2017

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. In Seattle, Microsoft hosted its annual Build on May 10th-12th.  Fortunately for those who were not able to attend, the keynotes and presentations are available to view online on Channel 9.  For…

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IaC on Azure - How to get started with ARM Template

In today’s topic, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel by documenting on how to develop an ARM Template, but provides all the resources to get you started instead.   Since ARM Template has been around for quite some time, there are tons of resources available online about developing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template in…


Azure Content Spotlight – Networking to and within Azure Cloud

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. In a series of posts by Olivier Martin, networking a hybrid environment with Azure is explained.  The aim of the series is to show connectivity between a customer on-premises network and Azure…

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Azure AD - Overview of Libraries

“This whole Azure AD thingy sounds complicated – aren’t there any libraries or something to make life simpler?” Well, I suppose not everyone wants to write everything from scratch 🙂 Short answer: yes, there are libraries. Long answer: there are a number of libraries to choose between. Actually, before committing to a library you need…