Yesterday was BUILD 2018 Day 1. Fully-packed keynotes with many demos and alike announcements. In this post I would like to summarize some of them (the more data platform related ones):
Data is and will be one of the main pillars of computing in the future. I think this tweet by @Microsoft gives you some ideas how the amounts of data will increase in the next 2!! years.
Power BI & Excel
For me as a Power BI fan this announcement is my personal favorite – Power BI custom visuals will find their way into EXCEL! yes – your read it right… Excel gets Power BI custom visuals. As of today only announced but according to the blog posts soon available in the Developer previews of Office 365.
The Azure Mobile App is now GA
A very handy way to control your Azure resources on your smart phone is the Azure Mobile App. During Build the app got its GA status.
AI – Artificial Intelligence
One of the main trends in the data platform field and in many organizations – bring AI into your business and processes!
Joseph Sirosh shares the vision and announcements about the Azure AI Platform – New innovations for developers. The Azure AI Platform consists of three main pillars – AI Services, AI Tools & Frameworks and AI Infrastructure.
New services and enhancements were announced – please read the blog post for details:
Frank Shaw summarizes the Future of society with AI and the intelligent cloud
By the way – If you want to learn more about AI in the Microsoft universe – two good starting points were mentioned in Josephs blog:
Although a part of the Azure AI services, I would like to dedicate a chapter here to Cognitive Services. New services were announced and existing services got updates..
In addition: If you want to test some future, early versions of new Cognitive services – the Cognitive Services Labs is your starting point!
Microsoft Data Platform
Rohan Kumar summarizes the current state and announcements about the Microsoft Data Platform
- Azure blog – The Microsoft data platform continues momentum for cloud-scale innovation and migration
- Cosmos DB announcements
- Azure SQL Data Warehouse
- Azure blog some days earlier than build, but very interesting
- Azure Data Bricks
- Azure blog (announcement in March)
- The Azure Database Migration Service got GA status
- Azure database services for MySQL and PostgreSQL – GA
- Azure blog (announced in March)
If you have time today, Day 2 keynotes plus some session content will be live-streamed! -> https://aka.ms/WatchBuildLive2018
Have fun reading through all the announcement post! Great Data Days ahead…