Preparing for SQLBits 2020 – My Azure Data Factory Sessions

Another year and another excellent SQLBits conference is in the events calendar. This time back to London and the massive ExCel exhibition centre. For me, once again I'm very humbled to have been selected to speak, not once, but twice. Thank you SQLBits. This will be my: Fifth time attending the event. Fourth time helping … Continue reading Preparing for SQLBits 2020 – My Azure Data Factory Sessions

Azure Data Factory Resource Limitations

Hello friends, I'm creating this post hopefully to raise awareness for my followers of the service limitations for Azure Data Factory. Like most resources in the Microsoft Cloud Platform at various levels (Resource/Resource Group/Subscription/Tenant) there are limitations, these are enforced by Microsoft and most of the time we don't hit them, especially when developing. That … Continue reading Azure Data Factory Resource Limitations

Using the Azure Data Factory Switch Activity

Switching Between Different Azure Databricks Clusters Depending on the Environment (Dev/Test/Prod) As far as I can gather at some point last year, probably around the time of Microsoft Ignite Azure Data Factory (ADF) got another new Activity called Switch. This is excellent and exactly what ADF needed. Nested If activities can get very messy so … Continue reading Using the Azure Data Factory Switch Activity

Summarise An Azure Data Factory ARM Template Using T-SQL

While documenting a customers data platform solution I decided it would be far easier if we could summarise the contents of a fairly complex Data Factory using its ARM Template. So, this is what I've done using T-SQL to parse the ARM Template JSON and output of series of tables containing details about the factory … Continue reading Summarise An Azure Data Factory ARM Template Using T-SQL

Best Practices for Implementing Azure Data Factory

My colleagues and friends from the community keep asking me the same thing... What are the best practices from using Azure Data Factory? With any emerging, rapidly changing technology I'm always hesitant about the answer. However, after 4 years of working with ADF I think its time to start suggesting what I'd expect to see … Continue reading Best Practices for Implementing Azure Data Factory

Deploying Azure Data Factory in a Single Service Environment (Option 1)

For my first appearance on the Altius Data Lounge show I talk about and demonstrate the 'out-of-the-box' capabilities within Azure Data Factory for Git integration and how to publish developed pipelines. In my demo you'll see what each of the developer UI toolbar functions means in the context of the code repository and what happens … Continue reading Deploying Azure Data Factory in a Single Service Environment (Option 1)

Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Run Status with Azure Functions

Microsoft.Azure.Management.DataFactory.Models.RunFilterParameters So I recently found myself with code withdrawal… Yes, its a real thing!  Anyone in an architect type role will understand, I hope… You can’t spend all your time drawing pictures of how things “should” work without occasionally getting hands-on with some code. Anyway, my recent episode of code withdrawal led me to creating … Continue reading Get Any Azure Data Factory Pipeline Run Status with Azure Functions