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A Technical Overview of Azure Databricks – The Databricks Blog

Today at Microsoft Connect(); we introduced Azure Databricks, an exciting new service in preview that brings together the best of the Apache Spark analytics platform and Azure cloud. As a close partnership between Databricks and Microsoft, Azure Databricks brings unique benefits not present in other cloud platforms. This blog post introduces the technology and new capabilities available for data scientists, ...

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When every drop counts: Schneider Electric transforms agriculture with the Internet of Things for sustainable farming – Transform

In the grassy Canterbury Plains of New Zealand, Craig Blackburn raises cattle and sheep in a line of work with a long tradition, in which he keeps a close eye on crops, land, weather and water. But Blackburn blends modern technology with his agricultural roots to manage the 990-acre Blackhills farm, a complex, bustling operation with 2,100 cattle and 800 sheep. The farm runs on irrigated water from the scen ...

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Azure Data Lake Store: a hyperscale distributed file service for big data analytics | the morning paper

Azure data lake store: a hyperscale distributed file service for big data analytics Douceur et al., SIGMOD’17 Today’s paper takes us inside Microsoft Azure’s distributed file service called the Azure Data Lake Store (ADLS). ADLS is the successor to an internal file system called Cosmos, and marries Cosmos semantics with HDFS, supporting both Cosmos and Hadoop workloads. Microsoft are in the process of migra ...

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Announcing real-time Geospatial Analytics in Azure Stream Analytics | Blog | Microsoft Azure

We recently announced the general availability of Geospatial Functions in Azure Stream Analytics to enable real-time analytics on streaming geospatial data. This will make it possible to realize scenarios such as fleet monitoring, asset tracking, geofencing, phone tracking across cell sites, connected manufacturing, ridesharing solutions, etc. with production grade quality with a few lines of code. The conn ...

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Stacking up the cloud vendors: AWS vs. Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, Oracle

It's not easy tracking the girth of public cloud providers amid run rates, as-a-service sales projections, and a lack of transparency. Here's how AWS stacks up against Microsoft Azure, IBM, Google, and Oracle. Amazon Web Services continues to lead the cloud pack as it delivered a 2016 operating profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $12.22 billion, up from $7.88 billion in 2015. While analysts will fret about ...

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How FICO scores big with cloud-based collaboration and data solutions – Microsoft Enterprise

Data rules everything around us. From traffic lights to medical records, those ones and zeros quickly dictate everything from the ads we see to the music we hear. As more and more organizations adopt big data strategies, we as consumers see exciting new innovations and solutions that leverage these possibilities. Smart phones, driver-less cars—this wave of data analytics brings the future to life in excitin ...

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AI’s transformative potential and what’s next … | News Center

Artificial intelligence holds the key to a new era of innovation, one where computers begin to work intelligently on our behalf rather than under our command. It’s an era where technology will become more intuitive, more conversational, more intelligent, will enable businesses to better know and serve their customers in ways previously unimaginable, and ultimately help solve some of the planet’s biggest cha ...

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BMW’s vision for connected cars includes Cortana in your dash | Windows Central

BMW is at CES showing off a range of tech it envisions as part of a connected car experience. While the entire vision is a neat look into where BMW expects the near-future of connected, automated cars to go, one particular inclusion will stick out to Microsoft fans: Cortana. AS shown off as part of CES 2017 demo, BMW sees Cortana living in the car's dash to offer the same voice-activated assistance with whi ...

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Microsoft launches a new cloud platform for connected cars | TechCrunch

Microsoft isn’t building its own connected car — but it is launching a new Azure-based cloud platform for car manufacturers that want to use the cloud to power their own connected-car services. The new Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will go live as a public preview later this year. “This is not an in-car operating system or a ‘finished product’,” Microsoft’s EVP for business development Peggy Johnson ...

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Building Deep Neural Networks in the Cloud with Azure GPU VMs, MXNet and Microsoft R Server | Cortana Intelligence and Machine Learning Blog

Deep learning has been behind several recent breakthroughs in machine learning applications. In the field of computer vision, novel approaches such as deep residual learning developed at Microsoft Research have helped reduce the top-5 classification error at the ImageNet competition by 47% in just one year. In the field of speech and machine translation, deep neural networks (DNNs) have already enabled mill ...

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