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
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
A few weeks ago I delivered an introduction session on Azure Synapse Analytics as part of the Data Toboggan event. In my session I explored what Synapse is? And given the answer isn't that straight forward or obvious I thought it was probably worth re-sharing here as the recording is now available on YouTube. In … Continue reading What is Azure Synapse Analytics?
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
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?
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?
Azure Data Factory & Azure Synapse Analytics Integrate Pipelines In this post I want us to explore and understand the difference between an internal and external activity when using our favourite orchestration pipelines. I'll focus predominately on Azure Data Factory (ADF), but the same applies to Azure Synapse Analytics. *Warning: this is a fairly dry, … Continue reading Pipelines – Understanding Internal vs External Activities
Just last week we heard the announcement from Microsoft that Azure Synapse Analytics is now generally available (GA)... A full year on, plus a few weeks, since first seeing Synapse at the big USA conferences in November 2019. Today I've been attempting to use the resource with a view to implementing it for several customer … Continue reading Trying to Deploy Azure Synapse Analytics Using ARM Templates
I've been playing around with Azure Synapse Analytics for a while now exploring the preview features and trying to find a meaningful use case for the 'single pane of glass' capabilities. In this post I'm exploring one possible option/idea for creating a very simple self service approach to dataset ingestion and consumption. Full disclosure, the … Continue reading An Idea for Self Service Using Azure Synapse Analytics
Here's a quick bit of information I thought was worth sharing... For file types that don't contain there own metadata (CSV, Text etc) we typically have to go and figure out there structure including; attributes and data types before doing any actual transformation work. Often I've used the Data Factory Metadata Activity to do this … Continue reading Spark Data Frame Infer Schema vs Data Factory Get Metadata Activity