Using Spark on Azure – Part 2 – Enter Power BI

As you have seen in Part 1 it is very easy to create a powerful Spark cluster and get some great data exploration capabilities right in the Zeppelin notebooks.  But at one point you may want to visualize your data so you can share it with your colleagues.  Power BI is an incredibly rich solution…

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Using Spark on Azure – Part 1

The world of data is one that is evolving quite rapidly, over the last years many new technologies have seen the light like Hadoop, Hive, Pig and many many more.  One project that has gotten quite some attention lately is Spark which is described as follows: “Spark is a fast and general engine for large-scale…

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Did my dad influence me?

I always love it when I can combine things I really love and in this case I was thinking about music and BI.  When Data Explorer was first released on Azure Labs I played around with it a couple of times, but I have to admit at that point I failed to see just how…

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PowerPivot on Lync – small update

Just a small heads up that I changed the Lync PowerPivot file to make it scale better.  In order to do so I have removed several unique columns from the import and moved some calculations to the query side instead of the client side. I have placed the new file here and the original file…

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Extending your Lync monitoring data using PowerPivot and Power View

Cross posting from Ilse’s Blog. During the last Techdays here in Belgium, I have had the privilege of being able to present a session on Lync. I had chosen as a topic for that session “Deploying Lync: Notes from the Field, and more”, where I talked about the top ten questions I run into when…

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Marketer of the Year

I am doing a type of post I usually don’t really do.  My blog is devoted to technical information but I really wanted to make an exception this time, because I think it is worth it. David Merzel is one of my colleagues, he is the country manager of Microsoft BeLux responsible for Xbox and…

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Restore improvements in SQL Server Denali CTP3 Management Studio

SQL Server Denali CTP3 comes with a lot of improvements in all areas but some areas are more visible than others.  Some of the improvements in SQL Server Management Studio in the restore area are quite useful however.  Lets look at some of these improvements.  An interesting addition is the Timeline button Clicking the Timeline…

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SQL Server Denali CTP3 – Lots of interesting resources

Yesterday we have announced the availability of SQL Server Code-named Denali.  Obviously exciting times for everyone in the SQL Server business.  As a result there is so much information being published on blogs and other locations that it might be hard to follow.  So here I will try to recap some of the most interesting…

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TechDays 2011: Early Bird Pricing Extended Until 28 February 2011

  Register now with extended Early Bird pricing Discover new technologies and increase your knowledge about current technologies on April 26, 27 and 28 at Metropolis, Antwerp. Do you want to attend at a discounted price? We have good news for you: the Early Bird pricing period has been extended until February 28, 2011. Register…

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Using SharePoint Content Types as Report Templates

Last week a customer asked us if he could help users to start a PowerPivot file from an existing template.  For this specific environment some analysis was to be done on content stored in SharePoint Lists.  Using SharePoint 2010 and PowerPivot enables you to subscribe to these lists as Data Feeds, which is a nice…

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