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!

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.

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.

Join us at DevOps Porto #3rd meetup

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On March 23, 2017, we invite you to join our Pedro Sousa on the #3rd meetup about DevOps that, this time, will also be held at DevScope.

DevOps Porto is a community for everyone interested in reducing the pain of software delivery and in building “bridges” between development and operations, where you can discuss all DevOps related topics from the cultural perspective, such as communication and collaboration, and from the technical perspective, such as source control, continuous integration and continuous delivery.

On this the #3rd meetup about DevOps, Pedro Sousa will share a talk on “Azure Container Services”. He will do a brief overview of Azure’s current offerings for Container deployment and orchestration but also where and how you can start to explore the environments and build a simple DevTest Lab.

To register for the meetup and more information about the schedule, go to DevOps Porto #3: Containers @ Azure.

See you on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Sandro Pereira is back as MVP

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Microsoft has been recognizing Sandro Pereira’s work for quite some time and just announced the renewal of his MVP for the 7th consecutive time.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community and Sandro was distinguished by his public contributions in the Integration (BizTalk) and Cloud (Microsoft Azure) space.

DevScope is very proud to have in it’s staff an exceptional professional, that started his journey in 2011 as BizTalk MVP and, since then, has continuously delivered presentations all over Europe about Enterprise Integration competencies (BizTalk Server, API Management, App Services, Logic Apps, Azure Functions, SharePoint Integration, PowerApps and Flow).

Sandro can be reached in his many channels: blog, twitter, book, wiki, foruns, whitepapers and public-speaking events.

Congratulations Sandro!

Docker Swarm Clusters on Azure and Microservices: session recordings are now online on Channel9

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Microsoft Airlift returned on January 27, 2016 to Lisbon (Microsoft PT headquarter – Microsoft Parque das Nações) this time as Datacenter Airlift, were it was presented everything you need to know about Datacenter Microsoft technologies: new datacenter and cloud technologies, new services on Microsoft Azure, new features that you can find in the new Windows Server and System Center versions, among many others things.

The event was composed by 3 tracks of sessions: Cloud, Management and Datacenter, Security and Virtualization given by experts in the field and once again, our team got invited to lead one session. Our speaker this time was: Pedro Sousa [Systems Engineer]

Docker and the World of Containerized Environments

In this session, Pedro sent us on a voyage through a containerized world. From the beginning of what is a container through swarm-clusters of containerized services, explain what are containers, Docker and how you can use them in real world scenarios. The full session recording can be found here:

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All the sessions were recorded and are now available on Channel9.

Tags: #Azure#Docker#AzureContainer#Containers#DataCenterAirlift