James Serra's Blog

5/13/2022
When using Power BI and pulling data from Azure Synapse, you will use the “Get Data” feature in Power BI. There are now three connections that you can use that I will cover in this blog. But...
4/25/2022
It’s hard to believe but Power BI has now been available for over 10 years (see history)! Over the last few years there have been a number of new features to improve the performance of queries...
3/31/2022
This is a short blog to give you a high-level overview on a product called Azure IoT Central. I saw this fairly new Azure product (GA Sept 2018) in use for the first time at a large manufacturing...
3/2/2022
Many companies are seeing the value in collecting data to help them make better business decisions. When building a solution in Azure to collect the data, nearly everyone is using a data lake. A...
2/8/2022
(NOTE: I have returned to Microsoft and am working as a Solution Architect in Microsoft Industry Solutions, formally known as Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), where I help customers build...
1/18/2022
In talking with Microsoft customers, I have found that most are not aware that Microsoft has created industry clouds (see Microsoft Industry Clouds). So I wanted to use this blog to briefly...
12/29/2021
A very brief history of databases for online transaction processing (OLTP) workloads starts with relational databases (RDBMS), which worked well for many years. With the advent of the internet...
12/9/2021
Microsoft recently came out with a blog on a bunch of new features available for Azure Synapse Analytics (see Azure Synapse Analytics November 2021 Update), and I wanted to point out my top ten...
11/22/2021
One of the biggest announcements at Microsoft Ignite that seemed to be overlooked by a lot of people was Azure Synapse Analytics database templates, now in public preview. I wanted to dive into...
11/3/2021
Microsoft Ignite has always announced many new products and new product features, and this year was no exception. Many exciting announcements, and below I list the major data platform and AI...
10/5/2021
After a very long public preview (9 months), Azure Purview is finally generally available (GA). I described Purview in a previous blog (New Microsoft data governance product: Azure Purview). In...
9/22/2021
Microsoft has a ton of data platform-related products, but there are certain areas where they either don’t have a product or what they have is limited and you need to look at a 3rd-party product...