AzureCAT Chalk Talks at Strata 2014

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This week the AzureCAT team is excited to make our first team appearance at the Strata conference. For those of you unfamiliar with the AzureCAT team, we are an international group of about 70 Azure and data geeks nestled in the heart of the Cloud and Enterprise division at Microsoft. We are the folks the field and execs call when a customer has a big deployment.  I’m talking about the biggest, baddest data, data storage, analytics, and cloud app scenarios out there.  To date we have handled hundreds of these engagements and are still going stong. Our team takes those learnings back to the engineering teams to help keep the customer the focus of design and make sure they are aware of the challenges our customers face. We also make a habit of taking those learnings back to you, our community. This year we are bringing that knowledge to Strata.

This year at the Strata Microsoft booth, we’ve put together a Microsoft Booth Knowledge Theater where we will present a series of talks demonstrating how Microsoft excels in cloud and data. Below is a list of the presentations we’ll bring to you live. We’re excited to share our experiences and even more excited about everything we can learn from all of you at the event.

We have a great lineup of quick learning snacks in the ‘Knowledge Theater’ hosted by Microsoft’s AzureCAT. We are excited to see you at the Microsoft booth and at the Microsoft Cybercrimes presentation. For more great information, follow us on Twitter at @winazurecat.

Store Once, Use Often – Sharing Cloud Data with Multiple HDInsight Hadoop Clusters

Cindy Gross http://blogs.msdn.com/cindygross

Wednesday, February 12th at 12:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Thursday, February 13th at 1:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

With Windows Azure HDInsight, you can load your data once into Azure, transform and cleanse that data with the tool of your choice, then connect multiple Hadoop clusters to the same data source and share the output globally.

What’s New in HDInsight?

Matt Winkler

Tuesday, February 11th at 5:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Wednesday, February 12th at 10:30 am (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Windows Azure HDInsight is the service that allows you to harness the power of Hadoop to put powerful big data analytics and machine learning at your fingertips in the cloud.  Learn about the new capabilities that have been recently delivered in HDInsight, including updated Hadoop components, improved manageability, and additional developer tools.

Combining Relational and Hadoop – PDW and PolyBase

Darwin Schweitzer

Wednesday, February 12th at 3:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Thursday, February 13th at 2:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

The PolyBase technology built into Microsoft’s Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) appliance allows you to combine relational and MapReduce query results into one result set that can be consumed by your users using Self Service BI capabilities in Excel.

Excel Meets Big Data – Empowering Business Users Through Self-Service

Faisal Mohamood

Wednesday, February 12th at 11:30 am & 6:00 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Wednesday, February 12th at 12:15 pm (Hortonworks Booth)

Thursday, February 13th at 10:30 am (Microsoft Booth Theater)

What do you get when you combine Big Data with Excel’s first-class Self Service BI capabilities?  How do you unlock the power of all your data – big or small, structured or unstructured – in a way that is approachable to business users?  Join us to learn about how we are advancing
the connectivity in Excel to enable business users to leverage data of any shape and size.

From Big Data to Big Visual Insights in 15 Minutes

Sanjay Soni

Tuesday, February 11th at 5:35 pm (Hortonworks booth)

Wednesday, February 12th at 1:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Thursday, February 13th at 12:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

You’ve got your data in HDInsight – now what do you do with it?  Come see how easy it will be for your business users to gain insight and make meaningful data presentations on top of that data – using Excel Self Service BI tools that they are already familiar with.

What is this Azure Thing and How Can I Use It?

Chuck Heinzelman

Wednesday, February 12th at 2:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

Thursday, February 13th at 11:30 am & 3:30 pm (Microsoft Booth Theater)

You’ve got data. You know the tools you want to use.  Now you need a place to host your data and tools.  Windows Azure provides a wide range of infrastructure services that can be used for hosting your solution – even if it isn’t based on Microsoft technology!