Buck Woody is Returning to SQL Server

I started at Microsoft in 2006 - in the SQL Server team. I've been a DBA/Developer/BI dev since 1981, on systems from mainframes to HP VAX Clusters, Solaris systems, and more. I worked as a Program Manager (someone who owns a feature within a product at MSFT) for the management tools - SQL Server Management … Continue reading Buck Woody is Returning to SQL Server

Syllabuck: Ignite 2018 Conference

(A "Syllabuck" is like a Syllabus, but more like that second definition, and certainly more random) I recently attended, presented, worked and did interviews at the Microsoft Ignite 2018 Conference in Orlando. If you have never been, you should go sometime. 30,000 people, 2.1 million square feet of space, and ten+ miles of walking per … Continue reading Syllabuck: Ignite 2018 Conference

DevOps for Data Science – Load Testing and Auto-Scale

In this series on DevOps for Data Science, I’ve explained the concept of a DevOps “Maturity Model” – a list of things you can do, in order, that will set you on the path for implementing DevOps in Data Science. The final DevOps Maturity Model  is Load Testing and Auto-Scale. Note that you want to … Continue reading DevOps for Data Science – Load Testing and Auto-Scale

DevOps for Data Science – Application Performance Monitoring

In this series on DevOps for Data Science, I’ve explained the concept of a DevOps “Maturity Model” – a list of things you can do, in order, that will set you on the path for implementing DevOps in Data Science. The first thing you can do in your projects is to implement Infrastructure as Code … Continue reading DevOps for Data Science – Application Performance Monitoring

DevOps for Data Science – Automated Testing

I have a series of posts on DevOps for Data Science where I am covering a set of concepts for a DevOps “Maturity Model” – a list of things you can do, in order, that will set you on the path for implementing DevOps in Data Science. In this article, I'll cover the next maturity … Continue reading DevOps for Data Science – Automated Testing

The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 10: Project Close-Out with the TDSP

Data Science projects have a lot in common with other IT projects in general, and with Business Intelligence in particular. There are differences, however, and I’ve covered those for you here in this series on The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects. One of those areas where general projects and Data Science projects are similar … Continue reading The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 10: Project Close-Out with the TDSP

The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 9: Testing and Validation

We’re continuing our discussion of the series of the Keys to Effective Data Science Projects,  this time focusing on Testing and Validating the Model. We're in the general phase in the Team Data Science Process called "Customer Acceptance". "Testing" in the general sense is the same in Data Science projects and any other typical software project - … Continue reading The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 9: Testing and Validation

The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 8: Operationalize

We’re in part eight on our journey through the series of the Keys to Effective Data Science Projects -"Operationalization" - a term only a marketer could love. It really just means "people using your solution". And it's this part of the process that is quite possibly the most complicated, and usually the one done with the … Continue reading The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 8: Operationalize

The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 7: Create and Train the Model

We’re in part seven on our series of the Keys to Effective Data Science Projects.  This is the section that most people think of when they think of "Data Science". It's where we take the question, the source data which has been turned into the proper Features (and potentially Labels), and select an algorithm or two … Continue reading The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 7: Create and Train the Model

The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 6: Feature Selection

We're in part six on our series of the Keys to Effective Data Science Projects. I won't cover basic Feature Engineering in this article - it's a huge topic and central to working in Machine Learning areas. I do recommend you check out as many articles as you can find on the subject, and once … Continue reading The Keys to Effective Data Science Projects – Part 6: Feature Selection