Azure Analysis Services ready for production!

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Microsoft announced today the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to their data platform in the cloud. Built on the on-premises analytics engine in SQL Server, Azure Analysis Services provides enterprise-grade data modeling in the cloud.

We have been lucky to be part of the early previews and we already have customers in production. The announcement (Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability) even quotes our BI Team Manager, Rui Romano:

“One of the great advantages of using Azure Analysis Services and Power BI is that it gives us the flexibility to start small and scale up only as fast as we need to, paying only for the services we use. We also have a very dynamic security model with Azure Analysis Services and Azure Active Directory and in addition to providing row-level security, we use Analysis Services to monitor report usage and send automated alerts if someone accesses a report or data record that they shouldn’t.”

We want to congratulate the Microsoft Business Intelligence team for reaching another important milestone!

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The “Ninjas” have been set loose!

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We are thrilled to have outstanding technical professionals in our team who are willing to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology. This “sharing culture” has been widely recognized at DevScope and now our SharePoint/.NET team just created a joint blog where they will be sharing even more about what they are interested in:

You are welcome to feed them here: Ignorance is never better than knowledge

Empowering Hybrid Integration at Channel 9

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Microsoft’s Hybrid Integration Platform, which includes BizTalk Server, Azure Logic Apps, Azure API Management and Azure Service Bus, enables businesses in their digital transformation journey. You can now seamlessly connect applications, data and business processes across on-premises and the cloud using the hybrid integration platform.

During the MVP Global Summit 2016, and taking the opportunity of having most of the Integration MVPs gathered at the event, Microsoft Pro Integration team invited them to create short videos (10 minutes webcasts) at Microsoft Building 20, building that is the home of the “famous” Channel 9 studio, about Hybrid Integration, and our coworker Sandro Pereira was one of them. The result is this 8 minutes video on “Empowering Hybrid Integration” where you will learn how you can create powerful hybrid integration solutions using existing on-premises and cloud based solutions.

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You can watch more sessions regarding Microsoft’s Hybrid Integration Platform on Channel9 here.

Congratulations Rui Romano, our new Microsoft MVP

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We are happy to confirm that in our team, we have a new Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP): Rui Romano, awarded as Data Platform MVP for his contributions to offline and online Microsoft-related technical communities.

We are thrilled to have such outstanding technical professional in our team and we would like to congratulate Rui for this MVP nomination. He will now join an exceptional group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology.

“I’m proud to see Rui receiving this award, he is a brilliant technician and it has been a pleasure to see him grow both at a professional and personal level in these last 11 years that we work together. Thank you for putting such an effort helping others succeed and for being an inspiration for many others in our team. Congratulations Rui.”

Márcia Teixeira, Human Resources Manager at DevScope

Rui requested us to share his acknowledgment here:

“I’m deeply honored and humbled by this award that recognizes my work around Microsoft Data Platform Communities.

Although this award is viewed as a personal achievement it couldn’t be done without the help & backup from my fellow team mates at DevScope especially the BI & Data Analytics Team!

Thank You!”

Rui Romano, Manager & Senior Architect at DevScope

Most Valuable Professional is an annual award given to outstanding members of Microsoft’s technical communities. And we have the honor to have currently 3 Microsoft MVPs amongst our team:

Thank you all for their community efforts, showcasing their passions and drive to offer customers most valuable solutions in their business areas.

Open Source experts will be gathering in Lisbon

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Just one day left for the Microsoft Open Source Camp, the first event open source development conference held at Microsoft Portugal offices in Lisbon, with more than 25 sessions divided by 5 different session tracks, on topics such as ElasticSearch, Linux, Bots, Docker, Blockchain, React, .NET Core, Kubernetes, Serverless and much more.

Yes, you are reading correctly, it may be difficult for some of you to believe it, but it is a reality. Microsoft embraced Open Source so much that they are one of the largest corporate contributors to open source software on GitHub.

And once again, it is with great pleasure that we announce that Pedro Sousa and Rui Quintino are confirmed as event speakers. Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

Octopus Deploy & Docker

In this session, Pedro Sousa will talk about Octopus Deploy as a Continuous Deployment component on your Microsoft and Open Source infrastructure. Explaining the benefits of separating responsibilities between the Build process and the Release process. And the necessary requirements for an implementation of Octopus Server and his Tentacles (Agents), how to compose steps and examples how to integrate with container environments like Docker.

Open source deep-learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) & LightGBM

In this session, Rui Quintino will introduce to you the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, a free, easy-to-use, open-source deep-learning framework for neural networks to model, train & use popular neural networks architectures for a large range of machine learning scenarios. You will be able to see how to start with custom image classification & computer vision scenarios using CNTK, running on CPU and GPUs, together with LightGBM (Microsoft open source gradient boosting framework).

If you want to know more information about the event or to register go to Open Source Camp event website.

Have you already tried Power BI Tiles Pro?

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Time is too valuable for screen clipping and low-quality images “copy and paste”. Power BI Tiles Pro has a new desktop version with much cooler features that will allow you to embed your Power BI Visuals in seconds and become more agile and productive. So, stop wasting valuable time and open your favorite Office product (Outlook, Word or PowerPoint), login and navigate thru Power BI directly from Office and embed your, or your team’s dashboard and reports… yes! It is astonishing that so simple!

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What’s Power BI Tiles Pro?

Power BI Tiles Pro is a “pack” composed by two versions of the product:

  • Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop for Office: These are Office Add-ins that allows you to embed your, or your team’s Power BI Visuals into your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Outlook Messages quickly and directly without leaving office in seconds.
  • Power BI Tiles Online: This is an online version of Power BI Tiles that will allow you to embed Power BI visualizations into office documents (Access Online, Excel 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), Excel Online, PowerPoint 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), PowerPoint Online).

What’s Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop for Office? How does it work? What’s new?

These Office Add-ins will allow you to embed your, or your team’s Power BI Visuals (dashboards and reports) directly into your Office documents allowing you also to perform effects operations with it, like formatting to appear with shadows or performing, but most important, selectively update/refresh those visuals at any time keeping the shapes with the original format with just one click.

“Quite simply, a MUST-HAVE Power BI add-in”. Jonas Young

“The missing piece for Power BI integration into office. Simply fantastic”. Paul Stevens

“Awesome work. Top add-in. Worked perfectly for me. You guys rock!” Stewart Langley

You can now install Power BI Tiles Pro: Online and Desktop:

  • Download Power BI Tiles Pro Online from the Microsoft Store
    • Note: To install Power BI Tiles Pro Online follow the steps described on the Microsoft Store
  • Download Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop zip package
    • To install Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop, unzip the file downloaded previously from the website and install the executable add-in files (one for each Microsoft product – Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook)
    • Run the setup program and follow the instructions shown on your screen for the installation program.

To activate your license, you just need to register with your Power BI account (on the online or desktop version). To receive the activation keys, go to our store. You will receive an email with your 4-activation key: one to the online solution and three others to use for each module of the desktop solution.

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To activate your licenses:

  • On Power BI Tiles Pro Online: Click on “Store” button, open the “Activate license” tab and insert the online activation key provided
  • On Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop: Open the add-in tab in each Microsoft product, click on “Activate license” and insert the activation key provided for that specific product

Fill free to try the product and check some of the new and improved features of Power BI Tiles Pro:

  • Add Power BI Visuals: Add Power BI visuals (dashboard tiles & reports) into your slide deck, Word document or Outlook message with a powerful Power BI interactivity and experience
    • And we now support Power BI Public Web Reports – *new*

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  • Manual & Automatic Refresh Process: Automate the Refresh process to ensure all images regenerate using the latest data in powerbi.com
    • You can now not only insert but also update or refresh in real-time your Power BI visuals keeping the inserted shapes or visuals with the same applied format. Power BI Tiles Pro will allow you to update the static images with the latest data from Power BI while keeping all formats, resizes, and locations intact.

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  • High Definition Images: Use high definition static images when embedding and apply any kind of styles or formatting

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  • Visuals catalog preview: Preview and select the items to insert while navigating through your Power BI visuals catalog.

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Why is this app so cool?

Now you don’t need to take snapshots of your visualizations and update your documents before an important meeting or presentation. These add-ins will allow you to create dynamic documents with “refreshable” Power BI Visuals, that you can share with other people even if they don’t have the Power BI Tiles Pro installed.

Don’t forget to give it a try and give us your feedback. Download Power BI Tiles Pro.