Analytics over streaming data reference architecture

More and more companies want to build real-time analytics that enables them to do analysis over a stream of data instead of writing the events down to a database before doing the analysis. This can be applied to a lot of scenarios such as inventory management, demand based price elasticity, device telemetry, fraud detection and…


Book review: Machine Learning Hands-On for Developers and Technical Professionals

The third book that I finished this vacation were Machine Learning Hands-On for Developers and Technical Professionals by Jason Bell published by Wiley. The author is a person that have worked extensively with analysis of point-of-sales data since 2002 and as a developer for the past 25 years. The aim of the book is to…


Book review: Data Scientists at Work

Second book that I read this vacation is Data Scientists at Work by Sebastian Gutierrez published by Apress. I have read other books in the “at work” series so I was familiar with the concept. This is a book that consist of 16 interviews with data scientists about their work and how they moved into…


Book review: Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

Right now I am on an extended holiday and I have had some time to tick of some books from my reading list. I thought that I would take some time to write a couple of short reviews on the books that I have read. The first one is Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine…


Preview of Power BI dashboards is available and book promotion

Couple of things before vacation starts first the Power BI preview has been released. It contains great new functionality such as dashboards and a new mobile client for iPad. Read more about the release at and try it for yourself at Second Packt publishing is offering books including mine called “Getting Started with…


Big Data patterns

Big data is the buzz of the day, many talk about it but few have done anything with the technology. In my role as a Solution Architect with the Data Insights Center of Excellence team at Microsoft I have been involved in several projects where we have used big data technologies to solve business problems….



This summer I am attending and speaking at several conferences. Most of them are internal to Microsoft such as TechReady which is similar to TechEd but only for the Microsoft field. However one of them is external and that is SQLBits on the 17th – 19th July 2014 at The International Centre, Telford, UK. You…


Interested in learning more about Analysis Services 2012?

As you all know I published a book about Getting Started with SQL Server 2012 Cube Development The aim of the book is to teach beginners that want to start their career in Business Intelligence and specifically Analysis Services how to create their first cube and then progress to become an intermediate BI developer….


Creating a BI test machine in the cloud and allowing anonymous access to it

I got a question from a colleague that wanted to know how he could create and connect anonymously to a BI machine in the cloud. There are several whitepapers available but they can be hard to follow if you never have done it before so I thought that I would write a small simple instruction…


New book, new job

The reason that this blog has been awfully quite for the past months is that I have written a book on Analysis Services cube development. This book targets new SSAS developers or people wanting to become one. Readers of this blog will recognize the style of the book, it takes a step-by-step approach and contains…