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Test automation tools highlights

Test automation is necessary to produce high quality software. This article will provide an overview of some tools and techniques we are currently using at Solidsoft Reply to deliver the full benefits of test automation to our customers.

Written by Nathan Cooper at 18:00

Managing object lifetimes with Owin and Unity

Dealing with object disposal when combining Unity dependency injection with an Owin site. The code described here is available as a nuget package at RequestLifetimeMiddleware.

Written by Nathan Cooper at 17:45

Introducing Self-Service BI with Power BI

In this series of blog posts, I am going to discuss how Power BI and related Microsoft technologies can help you to implement a successful self-service business intelligence (BI) strategy. >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Making Azure SQL more secure - Part 2

This is the second part of my review of new security enhancements to Azure SQL databases. I had planned to review Row-level Security and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), but support for TDE has not been announced yet (even though I can see the relevant system tables in V12 databases). So in this part I will just be giving you my assessment of row-level security. >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 12:00

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Making Azure SQL more secure – Part 1

There have been a number of new security enhancements recently to control and audit access to Azure SQL databases. These include Auditing, Dynamic Data Masking, Row-level Security, and Transparent Data Encryption. In this first part I give my assessment of auditing and dynamic data design and how likely I am to be using them. >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Can Azure ML replace SSAS Data Mining?

I have recently been reviewing Microsoft Azure Machine Learning (ML) and comparing it with the data mining tools that have been available in SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS).I was particularly interested in how data is sourced and how results are shared. The combination of data explosion and data democratisation means more sources of data to analyse and more users to consume this information. An Azure cloud service could provide the answer. >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Is PaaS a safer bet than IaaS for SQL in Azure?

As a data architect, I am used to designing database systems that have to balance a number of different requirements - cost, compatibility, security, scalability, etc. But the one that keeps me awake at night is availability. Microsoft Azure SQL Databases and SQL Server both provide High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) capabilities, but which one would I put my money on? >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Use Custom Reports to close the Azure SQL gap in SSMS

Having made the decision to host my data in Azure, it’s great to find that all the tools I am familiar with to manage and develop databases are still available to me. This helps to make the transition to Azure SQL so painless. However, when SMSS does not provide the same amount of information you are used to then you should consider plugging in your own custom reports. In this blog I share my experiences. >>> More

Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Scaling out databases in Azure with sharding

Elastic ScaleI have recently had the opportunity to review the new Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database. Although it is still in preview and subject to change, Microsoft have obviously listened to those of us who provided feedback on SQL Azure Federations. They have given us an Azure solution that we can implement to realise the full potential of elasticity in the cloud. With Elastic Scale we can dynamically scale up or down, by changing the service tiers and performance levels, and scale out or in, by adding or merging databases. This has significant cost and performance benefits.

 

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Written by Nicholas Revell at 00:00

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Integrate User Group: Video available for ‘Microservices and the Cloud-Based Future of Integration’

Logo-Integration[1]I presented at Monday evening’s inaugural session of the Integration User Group.  This new UG replaces the UK Connected Systems User Group (UKCSUG).  The session was well attended with a good 50 minutes of questions afterwards.  The video of the presentation (first hour only) has been posted at http://bit.ly/185wgtV.  The slides are also available on Slideshare at http://slidesha.re/1Cg4oju
 

Sam Vanhoutte,  CTO and Product Manager at Codit, will be speaking next Monday, 26th January.  He is a very well-known face in the Microsoft-centric  integration community.  The title is ‘Overview of Azure Microservices and the impact on integration’.  He will discuss the implications of the announcements made at the recent Integrate conference and how this will affect the future for integration professionals.
 

You can find further information on planned Integration Monday events at http://www.integrationusergroup.com/event.  Follow the events on Twitter using #integrationmonday.   Our very own Nino Crudele is speaking on 9th Feb.  The title is still to be announced but he is always worth hearing.

Written by Charles Young at 00:00
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