The official PASS Blog is where you’ll find the latest blog posts from PASS community members and the PASS Board. Contributors share their thoughts and discuss a wide variety of topics spanning PASS and the data community.

Load Streaming Data into Azure Synapse with Azure Stream Analytics

Once streaming data from devices, sensors, applications etc. have been loaded to an Azure Event Hub or IoT Hub, you are ready to configure the Azure Synapse database and the Stream Analytics job to load it.  This part of the series will walk you through the set up and configuration of the Azure Synapse and Stream Analytics job services.  We will run the stream job to pull data from an Event Hub and load it to Synapse while confirming the speed and efficiency of the near real-time data load.

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PASS Virtual Summit 2020 for a Global Community

Hello, g’day, hola, 你好, guten tag, namaste, olá, marhabaan, こんにちは, salām, cześć’, hallo, shalom, 여보세요, bonjour, hej….

Kia ora PASS Global Community – we really are a diverse group of people spread all across the world. I write to you from Christchurch, New Zealand and will publish this blog out of Vancouver, Canada….

As you saw in Wendy’s post and the PASS Connector, due to the unexpected situation with COVID-19, PASS Summit is going virtual this year. This is a first for PASS Summit and it was a difficult decision for the Board to make.

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A Message to the Amazing Data Community

Hello to the Amazing Data Community,

In case you haven’t heard, on June 3rd, PASS announced that our premier event, and as it so happens, fundraiser, was officially changed from an in-person event to a virtual conference. A lot of you registered early for the event and a bunch of you have registered since we switched over to a virtual Summit. Thank you, one and all. Not only are you supporting your education through our unique content and unparalleled networking opportunities, but you’re showing support for our community of data professionals.

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Getting Started With Big Data Clusters – Part 2

In the previous post, we’ve deployed a Big Data Cluster. Now it’s time to use this system and get some work done on it.

Let’s start with a feature called “Data Virtualization” which is basically PolyBase 2.0. While PolyBase (unlike other BDC features) is also available for standalone SQL Server 2019 installations, it plays an essential role in the BDC architecture. It allows you to bring in data from other data sources like SQL Server, Oracle, and Teradata. It also allows you to bring in data from SharePoint, CRM, or Cloudera through the concept of an external table.

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Choose the Right Azure SQL Database Deployment Options for Your Solution

Happy 10th birthday, Azure SQL Database! Yes, that’s right – Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) SQL database is ten years old this year! It’s grown from “Azure SQL” to a multi-faceted service with many options. At its core, though, it has had the same goal for a decade – the service manages the hardware, patching, backups, high availability, and even tuning plans and indexes; you focus on development and performance.

As it’s grown from one limited offering to a set of services, choosing the best option for your application and database can be confusing. Single database or managed instance, DTU or vCore, serverless, hyperscale - how do you know which one is right for you? In this article, I’ll explain the many options available and provide guidance on how to choose the best one for your project.

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PASS Summit 2020 has Gone Virtual

I am pleased to be able to share that this year’s PASS Summit event has gone virtual! We are excited to proceed with a virtual conference and we look forward to welcoming attendees from around the world that would not normally be able to join us at the in-person event.

Launching the PASS Virtual Summit was a massive undertaking for a not-for-profit, especially under such challenging circumstances. Thanks to the community feedback we received over the last few months, and the dedicated team at PASS HQ, we were able to make this conference a reality. Thank you to the dozens of community members that participated in focus groups and provided the insights that informed this change and the revised pricing.

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PASS Financials Update

We are currently in the midst of what we consider the PASS budget season for our Fiscal Year (FY), running from July 1 to June 30. This is typically the time of year where we are deep into reviewing and adjusting the extensive PASS budget in anticipation of voting on the budget in June. This year, however, is an unprecedented time for us with the uncertainty surrounding PASS Summit, which accounts for 94% of PASS’ revenue. As we’ve discussed over the last few months we have been looking at ways to diversify that revenue, but the reality is that for FY 2021, PASS Summit will be the primary source of income for our community. COVID-19 has had a significant impact. Registrations have slowed to a trickle at a time when we would expect to see our biggest numbers. We are facing an unprecedented situation where we are having to re-evaluate our path forward and the timeline.

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Monitor Exceptions in Your Database

Introduction This article started with a problem my co-workers had: they got bug reports from users where the application displayed an error message from SQL Server. Since the issue occurred only occasionally, it was difficult for them to reproduce the problem and find out where the error...

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PASS Summit 2020 Update – June Announcement

In my previous blog post, I mentioned that PASS Summit 2020 will be taking place this year, and that I would update the community throughout every step of the process and with every new development.

As we get further in understanding the logistics and financial impact of transitioning to a virtual PASS Summit conference, I wanted to share that we are confident that we will be in a place to announce whether this year’s event will be delivered in-person or virtually by early June.

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Getting Started with Big Data Clusters – Part 1

So, you’ve heard about Big Data Clusters in SQL Server 2019 and want to get some hands-on experience? Let’s get you started today! This article will guide you step-by-step on how to deploy a Big Data Cluster in Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) from a Windows client. The idea is to get your Big Data Cluster up and running fast without going into detail on every step involved, so don’t expect a deep dive on every component along the way.

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