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Nico Jacobs

Dr. Nico Jacobs is a SQL Server trainer and consultant at U2U since 2004. Before that, he was a data mining researcher at the computer science department of KULeuven. At U2U, Nico creates and delivers courses throughout EMEA on the SQL Server business intelligence stack (Integration Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services …), PowerBI and the traditional relational database environment (database development and administration). Nico is active on Twitter as @SqlWaldorf.
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Loading data in Azure Machine Learning 24 Jul 2014
In July 2014 Microsoft made their cloud-based data mining environment (known as Azure Machine Learning, or AzureML) available to the public. With this platform users can analyze large amounts of data without the need to install and configure special software: A browser and a credit card is all you ...

First Steps in Azure Machine Learning 15 Jul 2014
Today Microsoft announces the availability of machine learning (data mining) in Azure. As you can assume, you need an Azure account to get started with this, but there are free trial accounts… you can try before you buy. To get started with the machine learning preview go to ...

Building custom reports for SQL Server management 26 Jun 2014
Recently I presented a session at the ITPROceed conference on ‘Administration intelligence’: using Business Intelligence solutions for analyzing log files, generate documentation, do disk quota estimations and other typical administration tasks. You can find the full presentation at SlideShare. In ...

Identities in the Cloud @ ITPROceed 24 Jun 2014
A few days ago, I presented a session on Identities in the Cloud at ITPROceed. I talked about the options in Windows Azure Active Directory to create and manage users: Microsoft Online IDs, Directory Synchronization and Federation.For those of you that are interested in the presentation, you can ...

SQL Server 2014 In-memory OLTP (a.k.a Hekaton) @ Techorama 10 Jun 2014
A few days ago I presented a session on the In-Memory OLTP engine in SQL Server 2014 at Techorama, the Belgian developer conference. I talked about the good things In-Memory OLTP does, and the limitations it has. If you want to go through the slides and code examples again, feel free to download ...