Exploring Big Data: Course 4 – Querying Data with Transact-SQL

(This is course #4 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #4 of 10 – Querying Data with Transact-SQL Foreword: For the “Querying Data with Transact-SQL” course, I have asked my outstanding colleague Steve Taylor to share his experience recently completing the course. As a data professional for my entire…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 8 – Orchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory

(This is course #8 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #8 of 10 – Orchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory Overview: The “Orchestrating Big Data with Azure Data Factory” course is comprised of four graded sections of videos and labs, covering Azure Data Factory, creating and monitoring pipelines,…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 2 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

(This is course #2 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #2 of 10 – Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI Foreword: For the Analyzing and Visualizing Power BI course, I have asked my outstanding colleague Steve Taylor to share his experience recently completing the course. I originally took…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 7 – Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Azure HDInsight

(This is course #7 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #7 of 10 – Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Azure HDInsight Overview: The “Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Azure HDInsight” course is comprised of three graded sections of videos and labs, teaching the high-level concepts of HBase, Storm, and Spark. There…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 6 – Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics

(This is course #6 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #6 of 10 – Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics Overview: The “Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics” course is comprised of four sections of videos and labs, where the lab documentation walks you through…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 5 – Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud

  (This is course #5 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #5 of 10 – Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud Overview: The Big Data course titled “Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud” walks you through the key concepts of a SQL Data Warehouse (DW) in Azure,…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 3 – Introduction to NoSQL Data Solutions

(This is course #3 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #3 of 10 – Introduction to NoSQL Data Solutions Overview: The “Introduction to NoSQL Data Solutions” course is comprised of five modules, covering NoSQL services in Azure, Azure Storage Tables, DocumentDB in Cosmos DB, MongoDB, and an overview module…

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Exploring Big Data: Course 1 – Microsoft Professional Orientation: Big Data

  (This is part 1 of my review of the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data) Course #1 of 10 – Microsoft Professional Orientation: Big Data Overview: Titled as the Big Data orientation, the course does just that as it gives a great overview of several key concepts. I really liked digging into CosmosDB to…

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My Journey into the Microsoft Professional Program in Big Data

  Exploring Big Data with the Microsoft Professional Program After the introduction of a very successful online education curriculum focusing on Data Science, Microsoft recently announced its next Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) in Big Data. I absolutely loved the Data Science program and have decided to start on the Big Data courses this week. During…

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My Experience Completing the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science

My Experience Completing the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science Earlier this year, Microsoft announced an interesting new educational track designed to help people grow skills in the area of data science. Originally titled “Microsoft Professional Degree”, they later updated the name to the current “Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science” perhaps to lower…

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