Azure Machine Learning – Data Understanding

Continuing on with our introduction of the Azure Machine Learning service, we will step back from the high-level demos used in two previous posts and begin a more pragmatic look at this service. This post will explore the methods available for data ingress and highlight some of the most common and useful task in beginning…

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Azure Machine Learning – A Deeper Look

In the previous post, we took a cursory look at the newly announced Azure Machine Learning Service. Using the well-worn Adventure Works sample, we implemented the Targeted Mailing example using the Two-Class Boosted Decision Tree algorithm. In this follow-up blog post we will attempt to refine and improve our results first by evaluating other machine…

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Azure Machine Learning – First Look

An intriguing new Azure-based service was recently announced that has an opportunity to be a game changer in the business analytics space. This service, known as Azure Machine Learning opens the door to enterprise-strength data science in a managed environment without requiring a PhD. By lowering the bar and democratizing machine learning a new class…

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Fun with PowerShell: Part 1 – Loading Demo Data

I know I am relatively late to the game when it comes to PowerShell, but I’ve found myself using it more and more lately in places where I would traditionally write a bit of C# code. Yesterday as I worked to put together yet another demo I created an interesting script worth sharing. For the…

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An End-to-End HDInsight Demo

I’ve got one last post in me before vacation starts… By now, the big data buzzword fatigue has set in and you’ve probably completed 1,000 demos that highlight the different parts of the Hadoop ecosystem. So why spend time on yet another HDInsight demo? It’s pretty simple, my customers repeatedly ask for an end-to-end demo…

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Building Custom SSIS Azure Service Bus Components

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been experimenting and working on a set of custom SSIS Service Bus components that will ultimately be the basis of the ETL framework described in my previous post (HERE). While these components are being developed as a proof of concept to test out my theories on they…

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