Your company is about to begin a Big Data project and it seems overwhelming. That’s understandable — Big Data is, after all, big. There’s a lot of it, often generated by many different sources: Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, spreadsheet data or customer behavior online. And those are just a few examples of possible sources. As intimidating as Big Data can be, data management shouldn’t be painful, as long as you plan ahead. To make the most of the data you have coming in, your organization will need to build a Big Data management strategy — a plan for how you will manage, use, share and store data within your company.
If you're invested in Microsoft technologies, migrating to the cloud, using the Internet of Things (IoT) or considering a move to DevOps, you need to be aware of Azure. You’ve probably heard of Azure — especially if you're familiar with the concept infrastructure as code — but you may not be clear on its finer points. So, what is Azure? Simply put, Azure is Microsoft's public cloud service. Like its competitors, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud, Azure offers infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) but also storage, databases, active directory and a host of other services.