Roger Jennings is a data-oriented .NET developer and writer, a Windows Azure MVP, a member of Azure Insiders, the principal consultant of OakLeaf Systems, and curator of the OakLeaf Systems blog. He's also the author of 30+ books on the Windows Azure Platform, Microsoft operating systems, databases, .NET data access, Web services and InfoPath 2003. Forbes Magazine ranked him seventh in a "Who Are The Top 20 Influencers in Big Data?" article of February 3, 2012.
Getting 'up to speed' with StreamInsight is easier if you take the time to run it and test it out. Roger Jennings expains how to be up and running in nine simple steps, once you've sorted out the prerequisites… Read more24 January 2013
StreamInsight is an important technology for tracking streams of data from several sources to spot significant trends and react to them. It now runs as an Azure service as well. Roger Jennings describes how to install it and try it out.… Read more05 September 2012
Hadoop and MapReduce have good prospects for adoption as a standard for big data analysis, especially since its adoption by Microsoft. It is ideal for Cloud usage since one can spin up nodes when required, pay only for storage and compute services whilst they are running. Roger Jennings descibes how to get it running on Azur… Read more19 July 2012
Google Compute Engine (GCE) seems to be an extraordinary entry into the IaaS marketplace, but currently immature, and bare-bones. What makes the GCE interesting is that Google has demonstrated that it can scale up reliable networked operations.… Read more15 May 2012
Both Amazon and Microsoft are hosting large datasets such as those used for healthcare. Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket now gives enterprises a way of publishing or buying large datasets. This principle is now being extended to allow organizations to provide their knowledge workers with a central Self-Service private DataMarket.… Read more03 April 2012
If you are seeking to analyse very large sets of data, and need a highly parallel rapid way of doing it that scales to your requirements, then 'Cloud Numerics' from Microsoft may be the answer to your prayers… Read more22 February 2012
It isn't at all easy to make sense of the deluge of information from social media sites, particularly to measure opinion or sentiment, yet it has become increasingly important for marketing to be able to do so. Microsoft are keen to be in the vanguard with their "Social Analytics" research project… Read more18 January 2012
As long as you use TSQL DDL to do it, creating a federated SQL Azure database is simple. What, then, of populating it with data? It is surprisingly straightforward to upload data from a BCP file via secure TDS in parallel multiple connections, even when things go slightly wrong… Read more16 December 2011
Microsoft's OData, the Open Data Protocol, allows consumers of data to get the metadata of data sources, to perform queries and, if necessary, to create, change or delete data items. It now provides the API for many of the available services on the internet, including the Open Government Data Initiativ… Read more
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