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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 Data Factory to import data

Data Factory pipelines and Synapse pipelines have almost identical features. The only major difference lies in how you create your pipeline: you need to spin up another resource in Azure if you want to use Data Factory for data ingestion, whereas you can create pipelines within Synapse directly without leaving your Synapse workspace.

As we have already covered Copy Data tool in Synapse, which is exactly like Copy Data tool in Data Factory, in this section, we will create a pipeline to bring the data to Synapse. Make sure you have already satisfied all the prerequisites mentioned in the Technical requirements section:

  1. Log in to the Azure portal, at
  2. Click on Create a resource on the Azure home page and search for Data Factory in the Search Marketplace bar.
  3. Select Data Factory from the search results and then click on Create.
  4. Select the subscription and resource group where you want to create your...