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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)
1
Section 1: The Basics and Key Concepts
4
Section 2: Data Ingestion and Orchestration
8
Section 3: Azure Synapse for Data Scientists and Business Analysts
14
Section 4: Best Practices

Preface

Azure Synapse Analytics is an analytics platform offered by the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This book will help you understand the basic concepts of Azure Synapse and get you familiar with how it works in practice, step by step. This book has been written in simple language and with plenty of diagrams to make it easier for you to understand the concepts.

Each main topic has a whole chapter dedicated to it, such that even the minor concepts are explained in detail. You just need to have a basic knowledge of SQL Data Warehouse and Azure generally to follow the topics in this book.

To fully understand Azure Synapse, you need to understand a few other technologies as well, such as Power BI, Azure Data Factory, and Azure Machine Learning. I have tried to cover these services and how they are integrated together with Azure Synapse. Overall, this book should leave anyone well equipped to start working on Azure's analytics platform within a week.