PASS President Thomas LaRock kicked off the summit keynote.
Tom talked about the history of PASS and its growth curve. Positive numbers all over the place !
One of the key things to note is that PASS has delivered 1.3 million hours of training which is pretty impressive.
Next up was Microsoft Corp Vice President TK Ranga Rengarajan talking about Evolving Microsoft Data Platform.
Ranga talked about the explosion of data/data sources and its positive trend.He stressed on the evolving Data culture and how data professionals can lead this change.Microsoft data platform is capable enough to manage all the data requirements.
Goal is do more,achieve more via :
Capture Diverse Data
AzureDocDB, AzureHD Insight, Analytics Platform System, Azure Search.
There was a demo by Pier1 Imports on Azure Search, and the demo explained the value of Azure Search capabilities
and its power.
Pier 1 gave another demo of their Promotions app/page which uses AzureDoc DB.
They also achieve scaling using SQLDatabase sharding capabilities.
Pier 1 is also leveraging Geo Replication for its premium SQLAzure Database.
Achieve Elastic Scale
SQL2014 with Win 2012 R2, SQLServer in Azure VM’s, Azure SQLDatabase.
Azure SQLDatabase, SQL2014.
Simplify with Cloud
Hybrid scenarios with SQL2014, Azure as a data lake.
Ranga also talked about various businesses which are leveraging SQLServer to achieve their data/scaling requirements.
Some great numbers for SQLServer this year :
1.2 Million downloads of SQL2014. 1M Azure SQL DB’s deployed.
Major Announcements :
Azure SQL Database Major update : Leap in TSQL compatibility, Larger index handling, Parallel queries, Extended events, In memory Col Store.
Technology Sneak Peak : Pier1 Imports
Pier1 Demo was focused on In memory OLTP/ Col store on Azure SQLDatabase. 13,000 transactions/second were fired up and at the same time a reporting workload was ran and performance was awesome .
They also demonstrated the ability to stretch On Premises database to the cloud.
Next up was Joseph Sirosh, Microsoft CVP Machine Learning & Information Management.
Joseph talked about Azure Machine learning and other capabilities.
Again the goal is Do more,achieve more, Put data to work :
Understand the past
Azure Data Factory
Demo from Pier1 demo on trend/stream analysis using Kinect/Azure Data Factory. Data from Kinect sensors are streamed
to azure and data is analyzed real-time.
Analyze the present
Azure Stream Analytics
Predict whats next
Azure Machine Learning
Demo by Pier1 Imports on machine learning. Pier1 app allows customer to login to the app and the customers
shopping trend/taste data is checked from Azure and results are shown.
Next up was James Phillips , Microsoft GM Data Experiences
James talked about bringing insights to more people – faster.
Goal again is Do more ,achieve more :
Simplify data discovery
Deliver faster time to insight
Connect to on-premises
Data Refresh, Interactive Query
Enable data culture
Live Dashboards, Drill through
James gave a cool demo of PowerBI Dashboard.
Thanks for reading and keep watching this space for more !