Becoming an Electricity Island Including Free Fuel for the Car – Part 1

Solar Edge PV Panel & Tesla Powerwall Battery Storage Install This isn't the sort of thing I would normally blog about. However, it seems like a geeky enough topic considering the gadgets and technology involved, so why not. Hopefully it will also encourage others to do something similar. In March of 2021 after many months … Continue reading Becoming an Electricity Island Including Free Fuel for the Car – Part 1

Thinking About an Azure Synapse Analytics Physical Architecture v1

Background Building on a previous blog post where I explored what a possible Azure Synapse Analytics logical architecture might look like in terms of end-to-end data curation/enrichment, here: Thinking about an Azure Synapse Analytics Logical Architecture v1 Now, with the recently added Synapse 'Managed Virtual Network' I'm exploring the same architecture from a physical network connectivity … Continue reading Thinking About an Azure Synapse Analytics Physical Architecture v1

Thinking about an Azure Synapse Analytics Logical Architecture v1

Hi folks, as some of you may be aware it was the Microsoft MVP Summit in March, for MVP's this is an exciting time where Microsoft product teams share plans for the coming year and talk about features on the roadmap. That said, I have the privilege of knowing what the future looks like for … Continue reading Thinking about an Azure Synapse Analytics Logical Architecture v1

An Architects Guide to Delivering Data Insights Using the Microsoft Azure Data Platform

Azure Data Analytics End to End Let's start with a story, not a 'once upon a time story', a story for your backlog 🙂 As a solution architect I need to design and build an Azure data analytics platform end to end to deliver data insights for my customer. In February 2021 I delivered a … Continue reading An Architects Guide to Delivering Data Insights Using the Microsoft Azure Data Platform

Microsoft Book of News – Ignite 2021

Microsoft Ignite 2021 Announcements Another Microsoft Book of News, this time from Ignite 2021. Thanks Microsoft, really handy having all the announcements in one place. Not loads of Data & AI things shared at this event. But still 55 pages of some impressive additions to the Microsoft products. My favourite bits as a Data Platform … Continue reading Microsoft Book of News – Ignite 2021

Azure Synapse Analytics – Feature Summary vs Status

Last Updated - 28th may 2021 Following my previous (more detailed) blog post on 'Is Azure Synapse Analytics Ready for Production?' I was asked to summarize this understanding/opinion of Synapse into a simpler view. Updated: I've tweaked a couple of the traffic lights and narrative based on the annoucements this week from the Microsoft Build … Continue reading Azure Synapse Analytics – Feature Summary vs Status

Is Azure Synapse Analytics Ready for Production?

It's now been well over a year since Microsoft announced Azure Synapse Analytics as an offering at the big U.S.A based conferences back in November 2019. While I completely share and actually like Microsoft's vision of an analytics resource... "that brings together data integration, enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics" https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/synapse-analytics/ ... the marketing, … Continue reading Is Azure Synapse Analytics Ready for Production?

How Interchangeable Are Delta Tables Between Azure Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics?

Databricks vs Synapse Analytics As an architect I often get challenged by customers on different approach's to a data transformation solutions, mainly because they are concerned about locking themselves into a particular technology, resource or vendor. One example of this is using a Delta Lake to deliver an Azure based warehousing/analytics platform. Given this context, … Continue reading How Interchangeable Are Delta Tables Between Azure Databricks and Azure Synapse Analytics?

Preparing My Community Talks for 2021

New & Updated Talks for the Community With 2020 in the rear view mirror its time to reflect on another year of experience gained as a consultant designing and delivering data platform solutions for my customers in this every changing world of technology. I've previously confessed that my job is my hobby, so its great … Continue reading Preparing My Community Talks for 2021