Datascape Podcast Episode 17: Key Announcements from Microsoft Ignite

Posted in: Business Insights, Technical Track

Today on the show we are going to be discussing the most interesting announcements that came out of the Microsoft Ignite Conference. To help us navigate this part of the Datascape, I have invited Warner Chaves back to the show. Warner is a SQL Server Certified Master, MVP, and Principal Consultant at Pythian, a global Canada-based company specializing in data and infrastructure services. At Pythian, Warner manages multiple clients of different sizes and industries. He leads a highly-talented team of data professionals that keep things running smooth and innovate with all kinds of data solutions.

Also joining us today for the first time is Suniel Sahi, Solutions Architect at Pythian. Suniel has spent 20 working in the IT business, with extensive leading edge industry experience with large firms in various financial, telco and other sectors, and has been in the Microsoft space for all of his career. He has also spent 15 years in the consulting business, and has led global delivery projects, managed pre-sales and contract negotiations for large contracts and managed vendor relationship.

Key Points From This Episode:

• Overview of the Microsoft Ignite Conference; understanding the experience.
• Building an ecosystem that is hybrid for a Microsoft program.
• The Microsoft Roadmap: knowing what is to be released.
• Why the announcement of Azure Stack is a big gamble.
• How Microsoft is protecting the initial user experience of Azure.
• Overview of the Azure database migration service between platforms.
• The mindset shift from having an on-prem database to being in the cloud.
• Why Microsoft is still playing catchup with AWS on many fronts.
• A misconception that migrating to the cloud will save money.
• The biggest changes and different features in SQL 2017.
• How SQL 2017 has streamlined the process for data scientists.
• Azure machine learning in the cloud versus on-prem SQL 2017.
• Why security is on top of mind for Microsoft at these conferences.
• The major improvements of ADF V2 compared to the first edition.
• Why the cloud needs killers apps that you just cannot do on-prem.
• AI updates and driving the Microsoft intelligence experience.
• Quantum computing; what is a realistic time frame for quantum computers to exist?
• And much more!

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Warner Chaves
Warner Chaves Pythian Blog
Warner Chaves Blog
Warner on Twitter
Suniel Sahi
Suniel on Twitter
Microsoft Ignite Conference
Azure Stack
Hadoop
Azure Database Migration Service
Azure machine learning
Azure Data Factory
Cortana Skills
MSDN Subscription

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Chris Presley loves order—making him a premier Microsoft SQL Server expert. Not only has he programmed and administered SQL Server, but he has also shared his expertise and passion with budding DBAs as SQL Server instructor at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Drawing on his strong disaster-recovery skills, he monitors production environments to swiftly detect and resolve problems before they arise. A self-described adrenaline junkie, Chris likes tackling the biggest database problems and putting out the toughest fires—and hitting the road on his motorcycle.

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