IaaS on Azure

Okay, this post may be a bit of a rant. Things should not be unnecessarily complicated … but they are. I just wanted to launch a VM instance on Windows Azure Virtual Machines to take a look at the Visual Studio 2013 preview. Seems simple enough, right? Just log in to the Azure portal and […]
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Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket

As I prepare to teach Learning Tree’s Power Excel course in Rockville next week I have been taking a closer look at PowerPivot. Since the course now uses Excel 2013 we have expanded the coverage of PowerPivot which is now included with Excel. In 2010 it had been a separate add-in. So what, you may […]
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Windows Azure Mobile Services

For some time now I have wanted to get started building mobile apps but I just haven’t been able to find the time. This week I decided to explore the Mobile Services in Windows Azure to see if that might offer a path of low resistance. I was pretty happy with what I found there. […]
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Cloud Skills in Demand

According to a recent analysis by CyberCoders cloud computing talents will be the second most sought after IT skill in 2013. Interestingly the analysis specifically calls out AWS and Azure. That these two are included is not a surprise to those of us that have followed the evolution of cloud computing over the past few […]
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Data Analytics in the Cloud – Microsoft Azure SQL Reporting

First, let me say I have been looking forward to using this service for some time. As a long time user of SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) I was eager to use this technology in some of my cloud computing projects. I was disappointed a few months ago, however, when I started down the path […]
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