Interview with Julie Strauss–Microsoft BI WIT

Julie Strauss is a very accomplished and respected Senior PM at Microsoft. Her current role is technical assistant for Microsoft Data Platform Group (DPG) Corporate Vice President Quentin Clark. She has been the public face of Microsoft BI at conferences and helps deliver great technical content and data stories to the public. Julie loves toContinue reading “Interview with Julie Strauss–Microsoft BI WIT”

HDInsight Big Data Talks from #SQLPASS

SQL PASS Summit 2013 was another great data geek week! I chatted with many of you about Big Data, Hadoop, HDInsight, architecting solutions, SQL Server, data, BI, analytics, and general geekiness – great fun! This time around I delivered two talks on Hadoop and HDInsight – the slides from both are attached. Zero to 60Continue reading “HDInsight Big Data Talks from #SQLPASS”

Big Data Twitter Demo

Real-time. Social Sentiment Analysis. Twitter. Cloud. Insights. We have your Big Data buzzwords here! Everyone seems to want to incorporate social sentiment into their business analysis. Well we have the demo for you! Use it for a quick demonstration of what can be done and when the excitement goes through the roof, use it toContinue reading “Big Data Twitter Demo”

Access Azure Blob Stores from HDInsight

Small Bites of Big Data Edit Mar 6, 2014: This is no longer necessary for HDInsight – you specify the storage accounts when you create the cluster and the rest happens auto-magically. See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cindygross/archive/2013/11/25/your-first-hdinsight-cluster-step-by-step.aspx or http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cindygross/archive/2013/12/06/sample-powershell-script-hdinsight-custom-create.aspx. One of the great enhancements in Microsoft’s HDInsight distribution of Hadoop is the ability to store and access HadoopContinue reading “Access Azure Blob Stores from HDInsight”

Self-Service BI Works!

When I talk to people about adding self-service BI to their company’s environment I generally get a list of reasons why it won’t work. Some things I commonly hear: I can’t get anyone in IT or on the business side to even try it. The business side doesn’t know how to use the technology. ThisContinue reading “Self-Service BI Works!”

HDInsight: Jiving about Hadoop and Hive with CAT

Tomorrow I will be talking about Hive as part of Pragmatic Work’s Women in Technology (WIT) month of webcasts. I am proud to be part of this lineup with all these stellar WITs! I encourage my fellow WITs to get more involved in your data community and if you don’t already do so start tweeting,Continue reading “HDInsight: Jiving about Hadoop and Hive with CAT”

PASS BAC PREVIEW SERIES: SQL Professionals and the World of Self-service BI and Big Data

Are you excited about the upcoming PASS Business Analytics Conference? You should be! This conference will offer a wide range of sessions about Microsoft’s End to End Business Intelligence (including Self-Service BI), Analytics, Big Data, Architecture, Reporting, Information Delivery, Data Management, and Visualization solutions. Whether you are an implementer, a planner, or a decision makerContinue reading “PASS BAC PREVIEW SERIES: SQL Professionals and the World of Self-service BI and Big Data”

HDInsight: Hive Internal and External Tables Intro

Small Bites of Big Data Cindy Gross, SQLCAT PM HDInsight is Microsoft’s distribution, in partnership with Hortonworks, of Hadoop. Hive is the component of the Hadoop ecosystem that imposes structure on Hadoop data in a way that makes it usable from BI tools that expect rows and columns with defined data types. Hive tables canContinue reading “HDInsight: Hive Internal and External Tables Intro”

Hurricane Sandy Mash-Up: Hive, SQL Server, PowerPivot, Power View

Small Bites of Big Data Authors: Cindy Gross Microsoft SQLCAT PM, Ed Katibah Microsoft SQLCAT PM Tech Reviewers: Bob Beauchemin Developer Skills Partner at SQLSkills, Jeannine Nelson-Takaki Microsoft Technical Writer, John Sirmon Microsoft SQLCAT PM, Lara Rubbelke Microsoft Technical Architect, Murshed Zaman Microsoft SQLCAT PM For my #SQLPASS Summit 2012 talk SQLCAT: Big Data –Continue reading “Hurricane Sandy Mash-Up: Hive, SQL Server, PowerPivot, Power View”

Big Data – All Abuzz About Hive at #SQLPASS Summit 2012

Big Data – All Abuzz About Hive Small Bites of Big Data Cindy Gross, SQLCAT PM I hope to see you at the #SQLPASS Summit 2012 this week! There are many reasons people come to the PASS Summit – SQL friends, SQL family, networking, great content in 190 sessions, the SQL clinic, the product team,Continue reading “Big Data – All Abuzz About Hive at #SQLPASS Summit 2012”