Microsoft Azure Services2021-08-16T09:51:08+02:00

Microsoft Azure Services

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What is Microsoft Azure Services?

Azure has ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges.

Microsoft Azure is one of the few companies which offer Cloud Computing Services. In addition to traditional cloud offerings, Azure offers open-source, standards-based technologies and proprietary solutions from Microsoft and other companies.

With a usage-based billing formula, Azure is a compelling option for enterprises transitioning to cloud where capacity is available on demand.

Keep reading to learn how Microsoft Azure can be used as an enterprise analytics tool, and how our team of professionals can help you reveal insights that will propel your organization forward.

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The most popular Microsoft Azure Services

Solutions can be designed by using different combinations of Azure resources based on the business needs. Below you can find several commonly used Azure services.

Analytics

Azure Analytics services can gather, store, process, analyze, and visualize data of any variety, volume, or velocity.

AI + Machine Learning

AI + Machine Learning services can create the next generation of applications using artificial intelligence capabilities for any developer and any scenario.

Internet of Things

Internet of Things services brings IoT to any device and any platform, without changing your infrastructure.

DevOps

DevOps delivers innovation faster with simple, reliable tools for continuous delivery.

Security

Security services protect your enterprise from advanced threats across hybrid cloud workloads.

Databricks

Databricks is an end-to-end web-based analytics platform that makes it easy to combine Big Data, Data Science and Apache Spark.

How to get started with Microsoft Azure?

Get a free account and receive a  USD 200 service credit good for 30 days when signing up for Microsoft Azure; the credit can be applied towards any Microsoft-provided services.

Additional discounts and credits are available for startups, nonprofits, and universities.

Get started for free at Azure Services here.

Why choose Azure Services instead of SQL on-premise for your data platform?

There are many business benefits in choosing Azure Cloud Services technology for your data platform.

Savings on licenses and investment

If you are using one or more on-premise data solutions today, they typically have a fixed license structure that is valid for a longer period. The payment for cloud services is dynamic and follows the use, so you only pay for what you really need and when you need it. Thus, a data solution can start small with few components, limited amounts of data and few users. When you need more functionality or more capacity, you can expand continuously and only then will the data solution cost more.

In the case of a typical data solution, an organization also pays for the expected future capacity before the project is started. With a data solution in Azure Cloud Services, on the other hand, you pay for the solution’s capacity on an ongoing basis. A cloud payment model, therefore, has a positive effect on the time distribution of the organization’s investment.

Securing new opportunities – avoid getting stuck in old solutions

It is an advantage that Microsoft Azure is constantly being developed and expanded with new functionality and new capabilities. However, this also set some demands for the developers working with a data platform, because they need to make sure that their knowledge and competencies are updated so they can use the new options. It may be perceived as a double-edged sword but from experience, this is a better scenario than the risk associated with ending up with old versions of the technology in a data solution.

Data-driven – every day

When an organization makes an evaluation and decides what technology they want to use for their platform, then they only know about the need that is visible today and in the nearest future. When you decide to base your solution on cloud services, you also buy a technological platform that is constantly evolving. This means that you get built-in help to secure the future of the opportunities you are given.

Business development, agility and maturity

Just as market conditions and customer preferences may change, so can the organization’s needs for the use of analytics and analytics technologies. Every organization want agility in their IT support, the ability to change direction, experiment with new ways of using data, and perhaps stop one initiative and accelerate another. Cloud provides a much better opportunity to work flexibly with your data platform because Azure Services can be turned on and off as needed.

Kapacity helps Coloplast with a new Microsoft Azure Analytics environment for the future

Coloplast’s new data environment is located in the cloud, and the possibilities with Azure provide flexibility, transparency and valuable insight into the entire organization.

The Danish pharmaceutical company Coloplast, which makes innovative care products for people with intimate health challenges, is known by most people.

In the desire to maintain productive customer relationships, Coloplast has migrated from an on-premise Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence solution to an Azure based solution based on the principles of Modern Data Warehousing with Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Analysis Services and Microsoft Power BI.

The migration is part of a bigger modernization of Coloplast’s Business Intelligence capabilities, and it is expected to create benefits across the entire organization.

Read the full case here

Worth knowing about Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Service
We actually use this cloud service on a daily basis without noticing when we use our web-based email service, watching movies through the internet, editing documents, and storing pictures. All of these interactions use cloud computing on the back-end. 

In the business world, Cloud Computing Service covers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS).

Cloud-first or Cloud-only
In European Comission Cloud Strategy approved 2019 May 16th) cloud is an enabler, which means that any new development should be cloud-native.

Cloud computing is now more than a decade old. Kapacity clients that at the beginning tested small workloads to the cloud are now moving bigger mission-critical workloads as well. Henceforward companies transition from cloud-first to a cloud-only strategy.

Learn about Azure Synapse og Azure Databricks

Azure Synapse Analytics

The ultimate data platform: Unlimited scaling, lightning-fast – and economically attractive. Azure Synapse Analytics is an analytics service that combines large Data Warehouses with Big Data Analytics, and the product is an evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. You can make data requests over your data lake – either with serverless or ready-made resources – and on a large scale. It is primarily when we talk large scale (more than 1 terabyte of data in your Data Warehouse) that Synapse makes sense.

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Azure Databricks

Developed by the founders of Apache Spark, Databricks is an end-to-end (from development to production) web-based analytics platform that makes it easy to combine Big Data, Data Science and Apache Spark. Azure Databricks makes it easy to analyze even very large amounts of data using the enormous computing power in the cloud environment. One of the great strengths of the link between Azure and Databricks is that it has an Apache Spark platform that is fully integrated with all the known components from Azure – such as Azure Data Factory and Azure Blob Storage – which allows for consistent pipelines in each project.

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How Krifa, Nykredit og Nordic Aviation Capital has future proven their data platform

We joined their journey

data platform frees up time for value-creating tasks

We have helped Krifa establish a modern Microsoft solution in Azure that automates data collection and frees up time for more value-creating tasks for employees.

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Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) – better decisions with modern data platform

NAC needed a data platform that could consolidate the growing amount of data sources into one system. We have helped them build a cloud Data Warehouse in Microsoft Azure.

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Nykredit – a data platform that provides better opportunity to use data predictively

Nykredit had a desire to use data more predictively, which required a new and modern data platform. Together we have developed a PoC (Proof of Concept) on a new data platform.

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Søren Toft Joensen
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