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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By : Prashant Kumar Mishra
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Limitless Analytics with Azure Synapse

By: Prashant Kumar Mishra

Overview of this book

Azure Synapse Analytics, which Microsoft describes as the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, is a limitless analytics service that brings enterprise data warehousing and big data analytics together. With this book, you'll learn how to discover insights from your data effectively using this platform. The book starts with an overview of Azure Synapse Analytics, its architecture, and how it can be used to improve business intelligence and machine learning capabilities. Next, you'll go on to choose and set up the correct environment for your business problem. You'll also learn a variety of ways to ingest data from various sources and orchestrate the data using transformation techniques offered by Azure Synapse. Later, you'll explore how to handle both relational and non-relational data using the SQL language. As you progress, you'll perform real-time streaming and execute data analysis operations on your data using various languages, before going on to apply ML techniques to derive accurate and granular insights from data. Finally, you'll discover how to protect sensitive data in real time by using security and privacy features. By the end of this Azure book, you'll be able to build end-to-end analytics solutions while focusing on data prep, data management, data warehousing, and AI tasks.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Section 1: The Basics and Key Concepts
Section 2: Data Ingestion and Orchestration
Section 3: Azure Synapse for Data Scientists and Business Analysts
Section 4: Best Practices

Using Azure Open Datasets

This chapter helps you learn how you can use Azure Open Datasets to start exploring various features offered by Azure Synapse Analytics. We will also learn how we can read the data from these open datasets using Synapse notebooks. Microsoft provides a variety of datasets on Azure that can be accessed directly from Synapse. Synapse provides an option to add a dataset from the gallery of Azure Open Datasets. You just need to follow a couple of steps to bring the data to your Synapse account from the gallery of sample datasets:

  1. Log in to the Azure portal at
  2. Go to your Synapse workspace on the Azure portal and launch Synapse Studio.
  3. Click on the Data tab in Synapse Studio and click on + to browse through the sample gallery:
    Figure 7.2 – A screenshot of Synapse Studio highlighting the link to navigate to the sample gallery

    Figure 7.2 – A screenshot of Synapse Studio highlighting the link to navigate to the sample gallery

  4. You can see various samples from Azure Open Datasets. We are going to select the dataset...