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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

Technical requirements

Before you start orchestrating your data, here are the prerequisites that you need to meet:

  • You should have access to your Azure subscription or any other subscription with contributor-level access.
  • Create a Synapse workspace using your subscription. You can follow the instructions from Chapter 1, Introduction to Azure Synapse, to create your Synapse workspace.
  • Create a Spark pool and SQL pool on Azure Synapse. This has been covered in Chapter 2, Considerations for Your Compute Environment.
  • You should have already created your Azure Cosmos DB account; make sure you have enabled your analytical store using your Azure Cosmos DB account. To learn more about this, you can refer to Chapter 5, Using Synapse Link with Azure Cosmos DB.
  • Download Power BI Desktop to your machine and make sure you have access to the Power BI workspace, where you can publish your Power BI Desktop file.