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Why, how & when to use current and upcoming Microsoft tech for IT implementers, developers and tech enthusiasts. Hosted by Microsoft Director Jeremy Chapman and his colleagues. An official Microsoft video series.
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Now displaying: December, 2020
Dec 9, 2020

Make automation more accessible so you can focus on what’s important. From code-free automation to your everyday processes in Microsoft teams, the new Power Automate Desktops Robotic Process Automation (RPA) capabilities expands UI automation across a broader spectrum of legacy apps and your favorite web browsers.

Automation is no longer only referring to IT automation. As more of what we do every day is digital, automation can apply to almost any process or task. Whether it's an approval process across the stakeholders, or data entry between different apps, there's nothing stopping you from automating many of the things that you do every single day. With Power Automate, part of the Microsoft Power platform, you can do digital process automation for any task or business process.

Host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Stephen Siciliano, PM Director for Power Automate, who shows the many options for automating repetitive tasks:

Everyday processes in your Microsoft 365 apps

Win32 apps

Web apps across browsers

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

03:00 - Demo RPA for Legacy App

05:08 - New Power Automate Desktop

08:39 - How to test the automation

10:02 - Automation in a web app in browsers

12:23 - How to track what’s been automated

12:58 - Closing notes

► Link References:

Learn more and get started at https://www.powerautomate.com

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Dec 3, 2020

Azure Purview is a significant breakthrough service, especially from a data management perspective. Because data can take many different forms, it's difficult to get a handle on the volumes of data that sit across your organization in multiple clouds and on premises. Purview solves for data discovery and provides the foundation for effective data governance. Ultimately, the better you understand the data you have, the more effectively you can use it across your organization.

Purview provides:

A unified platform that automatically discovers and classifies your data without the need to move it.

Rich user experiences, enable data, producers, consumers, and stewards to easily collaborate.

A way to easily track and visualize the lineage of your data across the data estate, so you can easily see where data is moved and how it's been transformed.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:10 - What is Azure Purview?

03:02 - Purview in action: Search process

04:38 - Purview in action: Tables information & lineage view

06:23 - How it works

07:43 - Setup

09:33 - Options to scan data

10:57 - Insights: Bird’s eye view of data landscape

12:11 - Closing notes

► Link References:

Get started and sign up for Azure Purview at https://aka.ms/TryAzurePurview

To learn more, check out our online resources at https://aka.ms/AzurePurview

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Dec 3, 2020

Azure Synapse is now generally available. Check out the updates with the release and a first look at additional capabilities coming soon. If you're new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings together enterprise data warehousing and big data processing into a single managed environment with no systems integration required. John Macintyre, engineering lead for Azure Synapse, joins host Jeremy Chapman to provide details on the newest updates, and walk through how a grocery retailer might use new capabilities in Synapse to plan inventory levels.

Preview capabilities in the Synapse workspace now ready for production workloads:

• Azure Synapse Link, the first cloud-native HTAP solution.

• SQL Serverless, now generally available.

• For analytics with Spark, we've built performance optimizations for our implementation of Apache spark.

New capabilities, formerly in preview, are now available and fully supported:

• New knowledge center gives you pipeline templates to bring data in sample scripts for analytics, automation, and notebooks.

• Bring data into Synapse for advanced analytics and to enrich that data in code-free ways and apply your Azure machine-learning models.

Added for data admins:

• Connect to your data and storage securely through managed private endpoints.

• You no longer have to manage subnets, worry about IP ranges, or configure private endpoints. You don't need deep networking knowledge.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:46 - Preview capabilities now ready for production workloads

02:07 - New capabilities that are available and fully supported

02:55 - Updates added for data admins

04:15 - Demo: How a Grocery retailer might use new capabilities in Synapse

08:59 - Demo: How to bring in historical data

10:28 - Demo: How to perform predictive analytics for yourself

12:48 - Demo: How to push it all into production

13:24 - Closing notes

► Link References:

Sign up for a trial, or create your first Synapse workspace at https://aka.ms/GetSynapse

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