• Data Science in Production


    Full details at : http://dataminds.be/events/data-science-in-production Build, Train and Operationalize your Machine Learning models using Azure Databricks and Azure ML Services. Last session this duo presented for us, they focused on preparing data and building a machine learning model in Azure Databricks. In this session they would like to take it a step further. How can you effectively do model management and versioning? How can you deploy this model to production without being a system engineer? How do you monitor and manage our deployed model without being a DevOps engineer? Come to this session and find out! The Speakers : Nathan Bijnens Cloud Solution Architect, Advanced Analytics + AI, Microsoft, driving high priority customer initiatives, leveraging Microsoft AI on Azure to solve the biggest and most complex data and IoT challenges. Wesley Backelant works at Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect Data & AI at Microsoft. He is passionate about all things data, big or small. Agenda: 18:00 Welcome + Food & Drinks 18:30 Session Start 20:30 Session Ends + Networking 21:00 Event Ends

  • Azure SQL DB Improvements


    Full details at : http://dataminds.be/events/azure-sql-database-improvements Azure SQL DB Improvements : When Microsoft Azure SQL Database was introduced, it had only a small subset of the features available in the SQL Server database engine. With the introduction of version V12 a few years ago, Azure SQL Database is now an enterprise-class platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. Of course, Microsoft continued to add new features and functionalities into Azure SQL Database. Join this dataMinds evening session to learn more about some cool new features that are available now in Azure SQL Database, like Hyperscale vCore Model Elastic Database Jobs Backup Retention Periods Geo-replication & Failover Groups Virtual Network service endpoints TDE with Bring Your Own Key Data Discovery and Classification SQL Vulnerability Assessment Automatic Tuning Intelligent Insights Managed Instance Data Migration Service … Oh man… as you can see, a lot of topics to explain in 2 hours ?? but we can discuss which topics you would like to hear more in detail. And no worries, we provide food & drinks! Important: Prior knowledge on Azure SQL Database is encouraged, as we'll go beyond the basics. Pieter Vanhove Pieter Vanhove is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft, and has been working with SQL Server since 2000. Performance tuning, SQL audits, training are part of the job. Pieter has also a profound knowledge in implementing high availability and disaster recovery solutions and loves the new Azure stuff. Together with dataMinds in Belgium, he helps organizing dataMinds Connect and is also a regular speaker at Belgian and international events. Agenda: 18:00 Welcome + Food & Drinks 18:30 Session Start 20:30 Session Ends + Networking 21:00 Event Ends

  • Global AI Night - Belgium

    Duboisstraat 50

    Full details and registration at : https://global.ainights.com/bootcamp/0fd72ff8-e2d0-4b8d-bc5d-8790dca1f2c4 The Global AI Night is a free event organized by local communities all over the world that are passionate about Artificial Intelligence on the Microsoft Azure. The event is the perfect balance between quality content, awesome lectures, getting your hands dirty and learn & share with other community members. Dive in and learn how to implement intelligence into your solutions with the Microsoft AI platform, including pre-trained AI services like Cognitive Services and Bot Framework, as well as deep learning tools like Azure Machine Learning, Visual Studio Code Tools for AI, and Cognitive Toolkit. During this AI Night you will get inspired through sessions and get your hands dirty during the workshops. By the end of the night you will be able to infuse AI into your applications.

  • Machine Learning Algorithms on Databricks & Spark Jobs on Azure Batch

    Full details at: http://dataminds.be/events/ml-algorithms-in-azure-databricks-spark-jobs-on-azure ML Algorithms on Databricks & Spark Jobs on Azure Batch How can we use Azure Databricks and Azure data Factory to train our ML algorithms? This session will show how we can use Azure Databricks as a fully managed service by Microsoft to train and tune our machine learning models. Additionally, I will demonstrate how Data Factory can be used to automate & schedule the whole process of starting and stopping a cluster, training the model and saving it to a blob storage. During the session I will cover the following subjects: What is Azure Databricks? What is Azure Data Factory? How can we use them together to train our ML models? The presentation will be followed by a short demo. Run Spark Jobs on Azure Batch using Azure Container Registry and Blob storage In this session we will dive into how to use Azure Batch and Azure Container Registry to run containerised Spark jobs. This is useful in typical scenarios where you have many different data sources coming in on a daily basis. Azure Batch automatically scales the number of VMs needed to process all jobs, and automatically shuts down when all jobs are completed. You can use Azure Low Prio VMs in Azure Batch resulting in very low costs for data-intensive workloads. The Speakers : Ivana Pejeva Ivana is part of the Data Science and Strategy competence center at element61, where she works as a Data Scientist. At element61, we help organizations to build and implement data-driven methods of running their business. Ivana holds a master’s degree in AI from KU Leuven. Kris Peeters Kris is the founder and CEO of Data Minded where he works with large enterprises, government agencies and startups. Data Minded builds modern data platforms, and thus has a strong focus on data engineering and often guides its clients to the public cloud. Before starting Data Minded, Kris was a technology consultant at McKinsey & Company. Kris holds a masters degree from University of Hasselt. Agenda: 18:00 Welcome + Finger Food & Drinks 18:30 How can we use Azure Databricks and Azure Data Factory to train our ML algorithms? - Ivana Pejeva 19:15 5’ Break 19:20 Run Spark Jobs on Azure Batch using Azure Container Registry and Blob storage - Kris Peeters 20:00 Networking with Pizza

  • DataMinds.ai meetup #6: Azure Data Factory & 1st experience with Azure Search

    DataMinds.ai (CORTUG) MEETUP #6: 101 Azure Data Factory & Our first experience with Azure Search LOCATION: Codit Gaston Crommelaan 14 - bus[masked] Gent ABSTRACT: 1. Azure Data Factory Learn more about Azure Data Factory, the easiest cloud-based data integration service at scale. In this session, you’ll learn the basics of Azure Data Factory. Tom Kerkhove will show you how you can take the data you have stored in your on-premise and cloud-based systems and create, manage and operate your own data pipelines. This session will be demo-based. 2. Azure Search In this session, Sammy Deprez will tell us more about his first experiences with Azure Search, based on an ongoing project at a large customer in the public sector.

  • CORTUG meetup #5: Building & deploying custom ML models with Azure ML

    CORTUG MEETUP #5: Building and deploying custom machine learning models with Azure ML LOCATION: Business Faculty – Xylos Sint Lendriksborre 8, 1120 Brussel ABSTRACT: Azure offers a wide range of services that make it easier than ever to bring intelligence to your business and to create and deploy your own custom machine learning models. This session will explore the Azure machine learning CLI as an effective tool to train your own models in a streamlined way. We will create our own face recognition model in TensorFlow, evaluate its accuracy and deploy the model both to the cloud and the edge using the CLI. Additionally, we will shortly explore alternative tools for AI and machine learning in Azure, so that we can pick the best fitting solution for every use case. BIO: Pieter Sap is part of the Intelligent Cloud competence center at Xylos, where he works on Internet of Things and Data Science applications with a strong focus on the Azure stack.

  • CORTUG Meetup #4: Inject Machine Learning in your existing applications

    CORTUG Meetup #4: Inject Machine Learning in your existing applications Location: Arinti, Veldkant 33a, Kontich **We're always looking for speakers. If you're interested in taking a slot during our next meetup, please let us know through the meetup group or e-mail [masked]** 18h30 – 19h: Welcome w/ drinks & pizza 19h - 19h10: #MicrosoftAI Update by Ron Pooters (Solution Architect Data and AI @ Microsoft) 19h10 – 19h40: Inject Machine Learning in your existing applications. In this session, Wouter Janssens will tell us more about how to leverage Machine Learning in existing applications. Based on a reference case, he will explain how he used the custom vision API. 19h40 – 20h10: During his talk, Ron Pooters will share how you can bring AI to your IoT applications, using Intelligent Cloud + Intelligent Edge. 20h10 – 21h: Networking

  • Using Azure Hands-On for Real-time web-tracking & Predictive Maintenance

    • What we'll do Keen to know more on Big Data & Advanced Analytics? Keen to see what Microsoft offers in this space? Then you are at the right place... In this meet-ups we look at the Two live applications build using Microsoft Azure. Mediahuis & Sabcobel will share how they using Azure & the Cortana Intelligence Toolkit to enable their Big Data & Analytics use-cases. --- Program -- 7pm : Welcome & Pizza 7:30pm - 8:15pm: Big Data @Mediahuis: How Mediahuis has build a real-time web & app tracking application 8:20pm - 9pm: Predictive Maintenance @Sabcobel: How Sabcobel is leveraging Azure for Maintenance Insights & Predictive Maintenance 9pm to close: Discussion & Drinks --- Speakers -- Mediahuis - www.mediahuis.be Mediahuis is a leading Belgian & Dutch newspaper publishing and broadcast media company. They bring a series of major newsbrands such as De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, Gazet Van Antwerpen, Het Belang Van Limburg and a series of classified websites including Jobat, Zimmo and Hebbes. Sabcobel Sabcobel offers refrigeration services to both retailers and industries. Sabcobel offers end-to-end cooling services including installation and maintenance. Clients include among others Carrefour and Delhaize --- Host -- element61 is the thought-leading Business Analytics consulting company in the Belgian marketplace. Today, element61 has brought together the most experienced team in Performance Management, BI & data warehousing and Data Science in Belgium. www.element61.be • What to bring Bring your friends & colleagues! • Important to know

  • CORTUG Meetup #2: Azure Machine Learning


    CORTUG Meetup #2: Azure Machine Learning Date: 13th of September, 18h-22h Location: DigitYser, Boulevard d'Anvers 40, 1000 Bruxelles ( http://www.digityser.org ) Agenda: 18:00 – 18:30 – Welcome 18:30 – 19:15– An introduction to Azure Machine Learning (part 1) 19:15 – 19:25 – break 19:25 – 20:10 – An introduction to Azure Machine Learning (part 2) 20:10 - ... Networking Abstract: Azure Machine Learning plays a central role in Cortana Intelligence: discovering useful patterns in all the collected data is essential in advanced analytics. To get started with Azure machine learning you don't need to be an expert: Microsoft provides ready-made models that can be used immediately (Cognitive Services). For other business problems (e.g. churn) Microsoft provides a template, but we need to tune these templates to our own business' data and needs. And for some analysis problems we need to build machine learning solutions from scratch. In this demo-oriented session you will see demonstrations of these three ways of working with Machine Learning in the Azure cloud. Bio: Dr. Nico Jacobs is a Microsoft Business Intelligence & SQL Server trainer and consultant at U2U since 2004. Before that, he was a machine learning (data mining) researcher at the computer science department of the University of Leuven where he obtained a PhD in machine learning. At U2U, Nico creates and delivers courses on the SQL Server business intelligence stack (Integration Services, Analysis Services, Reporting Services …), Power BI, Azure Cortana Intelligence (Big Data) and the traditional relational database environment (database development and administration). You can find him on Twitter as @SqlWaldorf. This session will be live-streamed on https://www.facebook.com/digityser/

  • 1st Meetup - Cortana, What's in a name!?

    Microsoft Belgium

    Keen to know more on Machine Learning & Advanced Analytics? Keen to see what Microsoft offers in this space? Then you are at the right place... Many people know Cortana from their Windows PC: it still is today the AI Persona of Microsoft today. Cortana, however, goes way further than that: The Cortana Intelligence Suite is thé Big Data & Advanced Analytics toolkit from Microsoft. In this series of meet-ups we'll like to give you solid understanding & hands-on training on the products & use-cases on the Cortana Intelligence Suite. Since this will be the first of many. We want to start by introducing all the products in the Cortana Intelligence Suite. And how can this be done better then by Microsoft them self in their offices. Agenda: 18:00 – 18:30: Welcome 18:30 – 18:40: Introduction Cortana Intelligence User Group 18:40 – 20:10: Cortana Intelligence – What’s in a name! This main session will be given my Jan Kesters. He is a Data Platform Solution Architect at Microsoft and will give us a high level overview of all the products within the Cortana Intelligence Suite, and how they can be combined. 20:10 - …: Networking (full session abstract can be found on dataminds.be) Please RSVP your attendance also on the dataMinds website: http://dataminds.be/events/event/cortana-intelligence-whats-in-a-name/ Once registered on the dataMinds website you will also be able to stay up to date with other data related sessions and conferences.