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The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podcast on Azure with Amitabh Srivastava (then Corporate VP with responsibility for Azure), a 2012 podcast with Piyush Lumba (Director of Product Management for Azure Data Services), and recent short pieces on PowerBI. In this latest podcast, I talk with Quentin Clark to get a view on how the various pieces are starting to fit together. Quentin is Corporate VP with responsibility for the Data Platform Group, and our conversation quickly shows that there’s a lot going on there. In just over half an hour we barely scratch the surface, but some of the opportunities — and some of the challenges — ce... (more)

Private cloud silliness

Private clouds are real. It’s well past time to grow up and accept this. Not every IT workload is most logically run in a cloud, now or in the future. But, for those workloads where cloud is advantageous, it seems likely that public cloud will eventually supplant both private cloud and hybrid cloud deployments. Public clouds are getting cheaper, they are addressing legacy regulatory hurdles, and they are increasingly meeting every valid concern that IT buyers and users might have about entrusting mission critical cloud workloads to them. However, in 2014, there are still workloa... (more)

How to Lie with Data

Back in the early Nineties, I was working on a Ph.D applying a tool called a Geographic Information System (GIS) to the challenge of modelling archaeological deposits under cities. For those of us worrying about these things, Mark Monmonier‘s then-newly published first edition of How to Lie with Maps was required reading. It wasn’t so much a handbook for the nefarious, as a primer for those who wished to understand – or avoid – the traps and pitfalls so easily baked into both physical and digital maps. A slight change in colour palette, a shift of projection, an emphasis of this... (more)

Acknowledgement matters

In face to face interactions we are programmed to recognise the importance of feedback. As we move many previously physical interactions online, are we in danger of forgetting just how important it is? When you walk into a shop and buy something, a plethora of tangible and intangible signals reassure you that all is proceeding as planned. You have the goods you purchased. You probably have a printed (or emailed) receipt. You may have change in your pocket. The cashier actually interacted with you, whether with a cheery smile, calm efficiency, or brusque disregard. You leave, cle... (more)

Infochimps CEO Jim Kaskade talks about acquisition and the big data opportunity

I first came across Infochimps as they set about building one of the early Data Market offerings. I recorded a couple of podcasts with CTO and co-founder Flip Kromer over the years, in 2009 and 2012, tracking some of the ways in which the company and the market were evolving. Since then the company has moved in a different direction, focusing far more attention upon the tools and services required to work with data, and far less upon offering a place for customers to find data. Infochimps was acquired by CSC last year, and dropped into the larger company’s big data business unit... (more)