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Jan 14, 2021

Navigate Cloud Economics in Azure, and see radical cost savings for your organization based on your specific workloads. Cloud billing is tied to compute and storage, which includes the underlying software licensing fees. Costs accrue via a pay for what you consume model, versus the up-front server infrastructure and software licensing costs that you would typically pay on-premises in your data center. Join Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure’s Senior Product Manager, to see how the cloud consumption model in Azure applies.

The Cloud is infinitely flexible; it’s not “one size fits all.” A major advantage of the Cloud is the power it gives you to elastically scale compute resources in response to different peaks in your business. As you pay for what you consume, consider how you will consume resources for your specific workloads in order to get the best pricing.

Unpredictable workloads:

Add and subtract resources as you need them, resulting in variable costs.

Purposefully architecting for elasticity can help to save costs

Predictable workloads:

Make an upfront commitment to consume at a certain level for a longer period of time, and you can benefit from fixed costs at reduced pricing.

Azure Dedicated Host provides the physical servers you need dedicated to your Azure subscription

Azure Reservations allows you to commit resources for one-year or three-year plans for multiple services

Across both of these consumption approaches, one of the most important levers to keep your costs in check, is software licensing which can make up to 30-40% of your Cloud bill. Once you are in Azure, the Azure Cost Management tool allows you to set target budgets and track against spending. And if you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint, studies show that Microsoft cloud services are up to 93 percent more energy-efficient and up to 98 percent more carbon-efficient than datacenters run on-premises.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:22 - How cloud pricing works

02:39 - Software licensing

03:35 - Paying for what you consume

04:08 - Variable costs

05:15 - Fixed costs

06:29 - See economic tips put to the test/Azure pricing calculator

09:57 - Managing costs over time

► Link References:

To learn more, check out https://aka.ms/AzureCloudEconomic

For more information on licenses, visit https://aka.ms/Licensing

Leverage the free Azure Pricing Calculator, available at https://aka.ms/azurepricingcalculator

Check calculations at https://aka.ms/WSOpenLicensing  and https://aka.ms/SAMechanics

Find pricing details for SQL Server at https://aka.ms/SQLOpenLicensing

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Jan 6, 2021

Global investments company, BNY Mellon shows how they leverage Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus), and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) to design an intelligent system for data ingest and transformation.

Keith Pijanowski, Senior Principal Consultant at BNY Mellon, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share the team’s implementation story and how they unified their data in Azure, established an integrated data and analytics platform, and built new SaaS applications that could leverage the unique IP in their data quickly and at scale.

If you’re new to BNY Mellon, it's the world's largest custodian bank and asset servicing company. It helps many of the world's largest and most sophisticated asset managers and asset owners manage and service their financial investments and reach data-driven decisions.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:39 - Take a look at the app

02:48 - How they built it

03:39 - Intelligent system for data ingest and transformation

05:50 - How Azure database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale helps

06:19 - How to process queries quickly

09:23 - Serving the data from PostgreSQL into the app

11:02 - What’s next for BNY Mellon?

► Link References:

Learn more about BNY Mellon’s solutions check out https://aka.ms/BNYMellon

For more on Azure Database for PostgreSQL - Hyperscale (Citus) and Azure Kubernetes Service, visit https://www.azure.com

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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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Nov 2, 2020

Establish an always-on and connected customer and field service approach with Dynamics 365. Vanessa Fournier, Group Product Manager for Dynamics 365, explains how you can use the Dynamics 365 Customer Service and Field Service apps and supporting capabilities to connect with customers wherever they are, as well as how you can add automated support using virtual agents and IoT devices to augment your customer service support infrastructure.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service provides you with digital tools such as self-service sites, communities, and chatbots, as well as IoT integration for remote detection and service. All of this makes service faster and more convenient for your customers. Dynamics 365 Customer Service also empowers your customer service personnel with the information they need and enables them to interact with customers all via one interface. Then, Dynamics 365 Field Service matches field service technicians with the appropriate job tasks while supporting them with the ability to talk with remote experts to resolve problems while they're onsite.

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00:00 - Intro

01:39 - Find out the components that make all of this possible.

02:46 - Learn how Chatbots are an efficient way to enable customer self-service.

03:32 - See how to surface information about IoT devices.

04:00 - How to evaluate cases for continuous improvement.

04:57 - See what it looks like to implement always-on service.

► Link References:

For more on Power Virtual Agents, watch our recent show at https://aka.ms/MechanicsPVA.

Learn about configuring channels at https://aka.ms/D365ChannelConfig.

Watch all of our Dynamics 365 Essentials for IT episodes at https://aka.ms/Dynamics365forIT.

Keep checking back with our "Dynamics 365 Essentials for IT" series to learn more about adopting Dynamics 365 applications and services within your organization, and for a deeper dive on the Power Platform.

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Nov 2, 2020

Options for very low latency networking with Azure Edge Zones. It brings Azure's global network fabric into local metro area data centers, provided by Microsoft or with mobile carriers, and onto 5G and 4G LTE networks, so your processing power is local to your users. Edge Zones is a turnkey solution for running your own private mobile network with dedicated bandwidth managed by Azure. Join Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure’s Senior Product Manager, for an overview of Azure Edge Zones and the three main options available to you for very low latency networking:

• Azure Edge Zones

Allows you to deploy apps and services and your IoT device infrastructure to a Metro Azure Data Center, close to where your users are. In the same way you're used to pulling your apps and services to a region in Azure, you can now deploy them to available Azure Edge Zones.

• Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

You can deploy your apps and services to a Carrier Hosted Edge Zone. The goal of this approach is to ensure that as your code runs in Azure Edge Zones with Carriers, it's only a single hop from the mobile 5G or 4G network of your users. Because your apps and services can be deployed locally across the carriers edge network, they can remain close to the users and their devices at all times, greatly reducing app response times to deliver superior user experiences. •

 Azure Private Edge Zones

Great if you want to connect to manage your IoT devices, or establish dedicated networking and compute scenarios like smart warehousing and more. With Azure Private Edge Zones, you can build and deploy your own Private Mobile Network.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:39 - Azure Edge Zones

02:08 - Azure Edge Zones with Carrier

03:43 - Azure Private Edge Zones

04:30 - Building block approach

06:14 - Attabotics: Real world example of Azure Private Edge Zones

07:00 - What role does 5G play?

► Link References:

• To try out Azure Zones for yourself, sign up at https://aka.ms/EdgeZones.

• Learn more about Edge Zones and see the current list of partners by visiting https://aka.ms/AboutAEZ.

• Find latency solutions at https://aka.ms/LowLatencyComputing.

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Oct 13, 2020

Reduced COVID-19 risk in the workplace with AI and IoT on the Edge, RXR Realty, New York based real estate company shows the full implementation. Cory Clarke, Product Management VP at RXR, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how they’re tackling an issue that many of us (whether as an employee or an organization) are trying to figure out— how to operate during the pandemic while keeping people safe. See how they are leveraging Azure AI and IoT for automated health checks, air quality control, social distancing, mask compliance and much more.

For those of you who are new to RXR Realty, they're one of the largest real estate companies in New York with over 27 million square feet of real estate. Normally, around 75,000 office workers occupy their building spaces. While New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 early on, it's positive recovery provides an interesting model for how to safely go back to normal life in the middle of a pandemic. RXR is offering its own unique perspective by implementing its RX Well platform, an IoT and AI based solution that supports safe return of people back to the office. The core advantage of Azure IoT Hub is it's end-to-end device management, massive scale, and seamless integration with other Azure services.

Walkthrough some of the user experiences:

• Office workers who need to feel safe in their return back to the office

• Property managers’ comprehensive view of building data in real-time, so they can dynamically adjust policies and procedures

• Facility managers that are actually tenants in the spaces who can see if more needs to be done to improve compliance to public health measures

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:43 - Walk through the user experiences

06:48 - Behind the scenes tech

09:50 - Security

11:22 - How to report on both employee and property manager apps

14:19 - Device management

► Link References:

Find out more about Azure Spatial Analysis at https://aka.ms/SpatialAnalysis.

Get our RxWell solution in the Azure Marketplace at https://aka.ms/RXWellSolution.

Learn more about RXR's example at https://aka.ms/RXWell.

For more on Azure IoT and AI, check out https://www.azure.com.

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Oct 12, 2020

Find out how you can run your VMware workloads natively in Azure with the new Azure VMware Solution. Matt McSpirit, Microsoft Azure Senior Product Manager, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you how to create a VMware private cloud in Azure, and move your on-premises VMware easily to Azure, while continuing to use your existing investments and skill sets in VMware in the cloud.

For anyone new to this concept, Azure VMware Solution, or AVS, is a fully-managed Azure PaaS service that lets you run your VMWare environment natively in Azure. It is essentially VMware in the cloud with your existing VMware tools and processes.

Dive into this special edition of Microsoft Mechanics for answers to questions such as:

• How do I know how to size the environment in Azure?

• How easy is it to create a new AVS private cloud?

• How long does it take to build? (only about an hour!)

• What does the process look like to migrate VM workloads?

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:25 - What is AVS?

00:43 - What’s new about it?

01:59 - Azure environment size

03:30 - What it takes to create AVS private cloud

05:34 - Process of Migrating VM Workloads

► Link References:

Learn more about Azure VMware Solution at https://aka.ms/getAVS.

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Oct 9, 2020

How to enable seamless management across your hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and tap into Azure services locally, by taking advantage of the latest updates to Azure Arc and the newly refactored Azure Stack HCI.

Azure's always been hybrid by design — we took that hybrid expertise and extended it, enabling multi-cloud and multi-edge capabilities. Azure CVP Julia White joins Matt McSpirit, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, to show Azure hybrid capabilities that give you a seamless approach to running and managing your applications across on-prem, multi-cloud and at the edge.

• With Azure Arc you have a consistent control plane for all of your resources wherever they reside.

• With Azure Arc enabled services, you can deploy Azure fully managed services anywhere, on-prem, and on other clouds.

• With Azure Stack portfolio, you can bring Azure consistent infrastructure directly into your data centers and even run it on existing certified hardware with Azure Stack HCI.

This takes Hybrids to the next level. You can take advantage of Azure on your terms, and truly innovate anywhere.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

02:18 - What you can do with Azure Arc

03:25 - Tech in action, and latest updates

05:11 - Azure Services anywhere

05:40 - Azure Stack Portfolio- updates to Azure Stack HCI

07:13 - How to deploy and manage

09:51 - Look at the experience within the Azure Portal

► Link References:

To learn more about Azure Stack and Azure Arc, experience hands-on tutorials, and get access to the latest previews of everything, go to https://www.azure.com.

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Oct 9, 2020

A deep dive into the newly announced Microsoft Defender. We'll show you how this integrated and automated approach to threat detection response across your end-user environments, multi-cloud, and on-premises infrastructure allows you to stop even the most sophisticated attacks. Microsoft Security CVP, Rob Lefferts, joins host Jeremy Chapman to give a comprehensive tour of Microsoft Defender in action and to show how it can be used to identify and contain an attack.

Two of our biggest areas of focus are threat detection and response — to help you prioritize the most important threats and apply the right layers of defense. We've just announced our holistic solution, for what's known in the industry as eXtended Detection and Response (XDR), with the newly named Microsoft Defender.

With Microsoft Defender, we give you a set of connected best-of-breed solutions for your data, device endpoints, identities, and apps. This is now combined with Azure Defender for threat protection across your server endpoints, containers, network, IoT devices on the edge, and managed apps. Together, Microsoft 365 Defender and Azure Defender give you an end-to-end XDR solution for threat detection and response across your Microsoft estate in the cloud, on-prem, and in other clouds.

It's the most comprehensive XDR solution in the industry, by far.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

01:40 - See the breadth of our threat protection

02:57 - What is Microsoft Defender?

04:08 - Combine with Azure Defender for an end-to-end solution

04:53 - Combine with Azure Sentinel for entire threat protection solution

05:25 - See an example of an attack

06:33 - Walk through a Microsoft Defender case

09:08 - View a threat analytics report

10:10 - Take a look from the point of view of Azure Defender

12:30 - See how Azure Sentinel connects to Microsoft Defender and Azure Defender

13:39 - Tips to get started

► Link References:

To learn more about Microsoft Defender, go to https://aka.ms/SIEMandXDR.

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Oct 6, 2020

in control of your own identity online. Owning your identity is more relevant than ever. In the digital environment, it’s hard to retain ownership of your identity once you’ve shared it. Every time you give away personal information in exchange for a service — like bank account numbers, proof of education, or even employment, it’s now in the custody of those different institutions. You no longer control the data associated with them, and you can’t take it back.

Verifiable Credentials is one of the most exciting and transformative areas of innovation. Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers help you share your verifiable credentials without giving up your privacy. No one company or institution can control or store your information centrally— you can revoke your verifiable credentials at any time.

Joy Chik, Microsoft’s Identity CVP, joins Jeremy Chapman to show you how it works and gives you the key steps to get up and running.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:07 - New solution: Verifiable Credentials

01:39 - What is it, and how do things change?

02:16 - See how it all works

06:29 - Blockchain-based

08:04 - Get it up and running

13:26 - Where else are Verifiable Credentials applied?

14:08 - Links to learn more

► Link References:

To learn more and get all of the tutorials, go to https://aka.ms/DIDForDevs.

Download the Verifiable Credentials SDK and create your own DID at https://aka.ms/VCSDK.

Keep up to date with our Decentralized Identity blog at https://aka.ms/IdentityBlog/DID.

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Oct 5, 2020

See how anyone can now build an App directly from within Teams (without ever leaving Teams) using Power Apps, as well as the latest templates to kickstart your efforts. And for pro developers, we’ll show you how T-Mobile built their mission-critical Orbit Power App using custom code, Azure APIs, and connectors. Host Jeremy Chapman is joined by Charles Lamanna, CVP of Microsoft’s Low Code Platform, who shows you:

• New Power Platform solution templates for common apps you might use in the context of Teams

• How to increase storage as your app gets more and more use

• How to build connectors and APIs

• For Power Apps used in Teams, Azure API management is free

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction 

01:04 - Build Power Apps in Teams

08:47 - Solution templates

10:08 - Increase storage

14:08 - Build connectors and APIs

16:16 - From simple to complex

17:01 - How to get started

► Link References:

Find everything you need to get started at https://powerplatform.microsoft.com.

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Oct 1, 2020

Introducing Azure Communication Services: a brand new platform that leverages the same enterprise-grade services behind Microsoft Teams through Azure to deliver video, voice, and chat experiences, and much more. CVP Scott Van Vliet, joins Jeremy Chapman to announce the public preview of Azure Communication Services, to discuss the significance of delivering these capabilities, and to show you how to build it.

Imagine taking the same chat, voice, video experiences, and capabilities of Microsoft Teams and making them available to any digital experience you want to build, tailored to your specific scenarios. You can now integrate the proven communications capabilities of Microsoft Teams across your apps, websites, mobile, and IoT platforms via Azure Communication Services with the same secure, compliant enterprise-scale foundation.

Built for the enterprise, you can now build secure connected experiences on your website that incorporate a variety of communications modalities. All this makes rich communication capabilities accessible, wherever your users might be engaging.

► QUICK LINKS:

00:00 - Introduction

00:03 - What Azure Communication Services is

01:13 - Built for enterprise

02:14 - 5 Communications services

03:46 - Real world demo

06:49 - How to build it

12:14 - How it integrates with Microsoft Teams

► Link References:

The public preview of the Azure Communication Services SDK is available today at https://aka.ms/ACSPreview.

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Sep 29, 2020

Find out what we're doing at Microsoft to sustainably operate our global data center footprint that runs Azure's global network. When you consume services hosted in Azure, you’ll benefit from measurable reductions in your organization’s carbon footprint. This is helpful if you need to meet specific regulatory carbon goals or want to be more efficient and environmentally responsible in the way you operate your compute infrastructure. In fact, studies show that Microsoft's cloud services are up to 93% more energy efficient and up to 98% more carbon efficient than data centers run on-premises. Matt McSpirit, Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Azure, covers our approach to sustainability, as well as our research and development efforts in the areas of energy conservation and clean energy.

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00:44 - Initial goal: carbon neutrality

01:31 - Next phase: become carbon negative

02:15 - Cooling

03:43 - Green backup

04:08 - Hydrogen-powered fuel cells

04:53 - Lithium-ion batteries

Link References:

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Sep 24, 2020

Find out how GE Aviation has implemented Azure's Custom Vision to improve the variety and accuracy of document searches through OCR. See the steps they are taking to modernize their on-premises records management system as they move to Azure, and how they are making it easier for their airline customers to respond to new requirements and regulations. Jeremy Chapman joins Nate Hicks, Senior Product Manager for GE Aviation's Digital Group, to discuss how they are taking advantage of Azure Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a part of the Azure Custom Vision.

Airlines are under increased pressure to show they can safely host passengers. Whether that's checking the air filtration system on planes due to public health requirements with COVID-19, or meeting industry standard general maintenance requirements — being able to keep good records is essential. Much of what gets archived is still paper-based, and these documents can contain both handwriting as well as printed text. Being able to convert documents that are in paper format to digital format, as well as process and store any documents that were never printed in the first place, is more important than ever. Watch to see how GE Aviation is using Azure’s Custom Vision to make it happen with scale, speed, and accuracy.

QUICK LINKS:

03:55 - Steps GE Aviation has taken to leverage Azure in a hybrid state

04:52 - How it works

06:17 - How accuracy and speed improved

08:14 - How handwriting searchability improved

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Find out more about GE's Records Management System at https://www.AirVault.com. To learn more about Azure OCR, Cognitive Services, Azure Search and Azure Synapse analytics, visit https://www.Azure.com.

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Sep 24, 2020

Duplicate the Power BI and Azure efforts Humana, a US-based health and well-being organization, uses to create a single self-service reporting platform that builds a unified profile of their members. This enables Humana to proactively reduce members’ health risks with access to key services and healthcare.

Power BI offers flexibility for users to ask questions of their data and conduct ad-hoc analysis, while also updating reports with new material in a shorter amount of time. Sean Chandler, Business Intelligence Engineer for Humana, shows Jeremy Chapman how they've approached self-service reporting for their team, from building query optimized schemas to identifying the right filters and visualization.

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Check out our Power Platform Series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsPowerPlatform.

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Aug 25, 2020

Take a look at the latest options for assessing and migrating your apps and their underlying code into Azure. Azure App Service allows you to bring code and containers straight into Azure and connect to integrated databases, whether those are on-premises or in Azure. In many cases, this is the easiest path to migrate your existing .NET apps into Azure. Join Jeremy Chapman, as he shows how to bring an app that you already have running on-premises into Azure App Service.

If you're new to Azure App Service, it's an HTTP-based service for hosting web applications, REST APIs, and mobile back-ends. It's flexible, so you can develop in your favorite language (such as .NET, .NET Core, Java, Node.js or Python), and the apps run on both Windows and Linux-based environments. Because they run on Azure, they can also auto-scale to meet any demand level and even sudden spikes. We take care of load balancing, automated OS patching, and faster version release. And you can take advantage of hybrid and DevOps capabilities, like Continuous Deployment and GitHub actions, as well as connecting to your on-prem resources via VNets, once your app is up and running.

Migrating .NET apps into Azure follows two primary steps:

• Assessment — Review all the technologies your app uses, and determine whether it can be hosted on Azure App Service.

• Migration — Migrate your code into Azure App Service, then move your app into production on Azure.

Link References:

Find out more about Azure App Service at https://aka.ms/appservice.

Want to get started assessing and migrating your apps to Azure? Learn more at https://aka.ms/AzureMigratePortal

Check out the rest of our Azure migration series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate.

Also, you can go to to the aApp Migration Learning Path right here: https://aka.ms/dotnet_azure_migration_learn

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Aug 25, 2020

Watch how Clearsale, a leading fraud detection company in Brazil, is using Azure Synapse to modernize their operational analytics data platform. Clearsale helps customers verify an average of half a million transactions daily using big data analytics to detect fraud across the world. Host Jeremy Chapman, speaks with Jelther Goncalves, Data Engineer at Clearsale, to discuss how Clearsale is using Azure Synapse to expand their machine learning analytics for anomaly detection and to operate at greater scale.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

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Aug 19, 2020

Take a look at Azure Stack Edge and its growing application for AI and machine learning workloads. Find out how it’s being piloted, as part of Microsoft's AI For Good program, at London’s Heathrow Airport, to prevent illegal wildlife trafficking by inspecting passenger luggage for positive matches. All this is achieved using Azure Custom Vision AI models running locally on Azure Stack Edge. Matt McSpirit, Senior Program Manager for Azure Stack, joins Jeremy Chapman to share how the Azure AI Customer Engineering Team has been working with Heathrow to build a solution, combining a 3D scanner with AI models created in Azure, that cuts time and optimizes the process of early detection.

If you’re new to Azure Stack Edge, it is part of our Azure Stack family. When you're deploying workloads, such as machine learning to the Edge, and need to avoid the latency caused by roundtripping data to the cloud and back for processing, you can use Azure Stack Edge. This replaces compute power close to where you need it, so hardware accelerated data processing and AI inferencing can all be done locally. Now, management is performed remotely and centrally through Azure.

Want to build out similar solutions customized to your specific needs? Watch to find out what the setup and management experience looks like, and what you need to deploy in order to run it all on your Azure Stack Edge device.

Link References:

Get familiar with IoT Edge at https://aka.ms/IoTEdge.

Order an Azure Stack Edge device, and try it out for yourself at https://aka.ms/StackEdge.

If you’ve got a project for our Azure AI Customer Engineering Team and AI For Good program to consider, we’ve placed their contact details in the description of this video.

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Aug 18, 2020

See how Southern Company, an American gas and electric utility firm, is evaluating Azure Synapse to make it easier to share anonymized data with their analytics partners, and also to strengthen their capabilities to do analytics in-house. Host Jeremy Chapman speaks with Greg Floyd, Enterprise Architect Specialist at Southern Company, to share how Azure Synapse optimizes data transformation without giving away personal information, and simplifies the solution by reducing the number of overlapping technologies.

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Aug 17, 2020

Running SQL Server on-premises and looking to move to Azure? Review your best options for assessment and migration. Bob Ward, SQL Server database expert and engineering lead, joins host Jeremy Chapman to walk through different migration options for moving your SQL Databases into the cloud, and then shows how to perform a migration end-to-end.

Whether you need to increase your capacity, take advantage of built-in high availability in disaster recovery, or reduce your operational costs, moving to Azure is the next logical step. In fact, you can bring your existing SQL licenses to the Cloud with Azure Hybrid Benefit. And with that benefit, you can actually bring your on-premises licenses into Azure to save on subscription costs, as well.

Check out migration options:

• Lift and shift your SQL Servers to Azure VMs instead of your own infrastructure

• Migrate to Azure SQL Managed Instance, which is a fully-managed SQL Server

• Migrate to Azure SQL Database, which is the best for modern database applications and gives you maximum PaaS-managed capabilities

Find tools to migrate to a Managed Instance or to Azure SQL database:

Data Migration Assistant (DMA) helps detect compatibility issues that can impact database functionality in your new version of SQL Server or Azure SQL. And it helps you right-size your deployment for the appropriate Azure service tier.

Data Migration Service (DMS) gives a holistic view of your data state after your initial assessment, and is used for live migration for zero downtime.

Link References:

Download the Data Migration Assistant (DMA) tool for free at https://aka.ms/DMAdownload.

Learn more about DB Compat at https://aka.ms/dbcompat.

See how to apply database schemas before you migrate at https://aka.ms/AzureSqlMigrate.

Migrating a large number of databases? Go to https://aka.ms/DMAPowerShell to learn more.

Check out the rest of our Azure Migration series at https://aka.ms/MechanicsAzureMigrate.

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Aug 11, 2020

Find out how Microsoft’s Power Platform admin center provides a unified management experience for IT. Julie Strauss, Principal PM Director for Microsoft Power Platform, joins host Jeremy Chapman to take a look at the controls you have in IT to manage environments, monitor across your tenant, as well as secure data access and more.

Power Platform’s low-code environment, such as Power Automate and Power Apps, is becoming more and more prolific among business users and citizen developers, but what does this mean for IT? In order to provide a unified management experience, see how we’ve been working in the area of administration and governance to make it easier from an IT perspective to oversee what apps and flows are being created, and all the policies you might need to set.

Access built-in reports on the new Power Platform admin center at https://admin.powerplatform.microsoft.com.

Sample apps, flows, and our cross tenant Power BI dashboard template at https://aka.ms/COEStarterkitDownload.

Join the Power Platform community to see how your peers are using these capabilities at https://aka.ms/power-users.

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Aug 11, 2020

A practical use case for performing predictive maintenance through Microsoft Azure Synapse.

Join Macaw, Netherlands-based AI and analytics firm, to see how they’re using Azure Synapse to help modernize the residential and commercial water supply in Holland with IoT and proactive analytics. Macaw specializes in modernizing data platforms for customers, and is using Azure Synapse to build analytics on top of nearly closed legacy systems. Host Jeremy Chapman speaks with Henko Kors, Data and Analytics Architect at Macaw, to discuss how they are using predictive maintenance to detect issues in advance while keeping a high quality of service, all through Azure Synapse.

If you are new to Azure Synapse, it's Microsoft's limitless analytics platform that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data processing together into a single service, removing the traditional constraints for analyzing data of all shapes and sizes.

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Aug 10, 2020

Check out updates on how you can manage and secure distributed multi-cloud compute resources in Azure using Azure Arc. This extends a unified management plan to your virtual machines and physical servers on-premises, including your SQL Servers wherever they are. Travis Wright, Principal Group Program Manager from the Azure Data Engineering Team, joins host Jeremy Chapman to share the latest updates.

If you're new to Azure Arc, it simplifies complex and distributed environments across on-premises, edge, and multi-cloud into a unified central management plan in Azure. Now you don't have to migrate these resources or move them to a common directory service; they simply stay where they are.

This provides a frictionless way of bringing together all the infrastructure and services that you have across the clouds, your data centers, and edge site locations, into a single, consistent view and toolset.

Updates include:

Manage your entire SQL Server estate from a single point of view and a single toolset from Azure.

Azure Arc extends Azure Security Center's vulnerability assessments and Advanced Threat Protection services to SQL Servers in your data center.

Azure Policy ensures that services are compliant as they are provisioned. Track compliance in the Azure Policy compliance dashboard.

Monitor all your Kubernetes clusters from one place using Azure Monitor.

Link References:

If you missed our show on Azure Arc for data services, check it out at https://aka.ms/ArcDatabase.

Get started with Azure Arc, and sign up for the preview at https://aka.ms/AzureArcData.

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