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I’m Presenting at GroupBy!

I’m Presenting at GroupBy!

I'm always happy when I have the opportunity to present a session for an audience, but I am especially excited about delivering a session for GroupBy next week! GroupBy is a free online training event that has been going on for about three years. I've always thought it was a great concept, but it hasn't been until now that the stars have aligned and I am able to participate. Even more exciting is that GroupBy is offering two streams this time around. European sessions will take place on Wednesday 9 October starting at 10:00am UTC, and North American ones will…
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Upload Directly to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier with PowerShell

Upload Directly to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier with PowerShell

Last year I wrote about how to upload data to Azure Blob Storage Archive Tier, and included a PowerShell script to do so. It's something I use regularly, as I have hundreds of gigabytes of photos and videos safely (and cheaply!) stored in Azure Blob Storage using Archive Tier. Things Just Got Easier! Microsoft recently announced some enhancements to Azure Archive storage, one of which is the ability to upload directly to the access tier of your choice. Previously, you could only upload objects to your account's default tier (hot or cool), and then had to change each object to…
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Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview 2019!

With PASS Summit 2019 quickly approaching, PASS is organizing a sneak peek at some of the sessions presented at Summit in a 24 Hours of PASS event coming up on September 10-11. I'm very happy to be delivering a brand new session entitled Dipping Your Toes In: Azure Data Lake for DBAs. If you've worked with data or have DBA experience, but aren't really familiar with what a data lake is or how you would use it, this is the session for you! Abstract As a data professional, you know what data is, and hopefully know what a lake is…
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AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

I was working on a slide deck and did something I don't normally do - I added a photo. Usually the graphical content of my presentations involves diagrams or other vector art - I don't often have the need for actual photos. But this time I did, and I was really surprised to see that PowerPoint generated a text description of the photo and placed it in the alt text field. It also superimposed it on top of the image, which is how I discovered this was occurring to begin with. Well that's really neat. I don't know when this…
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PASS Summit 2019 Schedule is Live!

PASS Summit 2019 Schedule is Live!

After months of hard work on the part of volunteers and PASS HQ, the session schedule for PASS Summit 2019 is live! You can find it here. My hat goes off to the fine people who put this together - building conference schedules is not for the faint of heart. Now that session times and locations have been determined* it's a good idea to give a little thought about which sessions to attend ahead of time. PASS provides a schedule builder tool just for this purpose! Additionally, this tool provides feedback to PASS HQ about how many people are considering…
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