Data Community Meetup: Azure Data Lake Evening - Dec 2017

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Welcome to an evening of Azure Data Lake before you end the year.

SESSION #1: Azure Data Lake: Data Warehousing of the Future

The new age of data brings new problems. Apart from the need to store your organization's transactional data, you now need to store all sorts of other data that your organization collects. This big data along with your transactional data needs to be stored and processed appropriately for business intelligence needs. This cannot be done the way you were used to. But what if you don't have enough hardware to process all this, or the time to learn big data related technologies? Azure Data Lake is there for you. In this session, Asanka will cover what Azure Data Lake is, how it helps process data without limitations, and most importantly how Azure Data Lake has opened the avenue for data warehousing of the future.

Speaker: Asanka Padmakumara, Consultant - Business Intelligence, Fortude

Asanka is a BSc Computer Engineer from the University of Paradeniya, currently performing the role of Tech Lead for a BI solution at Fortude. He has worked for more than 8 years in the IT industry and has implemented BI solutions for different industries. He has Microsoft certifications in Business Intelligence and .NET. Asanka is passionate about Microsoft data technologies, a sample of which can be seen in his blog:

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SESSION #2: Introduction to Azure Data Lake Analytics

What if you could process big data without worrying about setting up servers, Hadoop clusters or even virtual machines? This is what Azure Data Lake Analytics offers us. Allowing to store petabytes of data, get them processed while automatically parallelizing for the scale we need and use a simple language called U-SQL, make data warehousing and data processing much more simpler but powerful than what we have been used to and practicing for years. Building up on what you learnt in Asanka's session, join Dinesh to learn about Azure Data Lake Analytics and how we can leverage it for modern data warehousing, of course without ignoring big data.

Speaker: Dinesh Priyankara, Founder/Principal Architect, dinesQL

Dinesh is an experienced professional and database enthusiast with skills in database management systems and business intelligence. Possessing over 17 years of experience on data related technologies, he does training, consulting, and is a top contributor to the local SQL Server community. In recognition of his contributions and expertise he has demonstrated, he was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for SQL Server for 12 consecutive years since 2006. Dinesh is the Founder/Principal Architect of dinesQL (Pvt) Ltd ( ). In his spare time he runs a blog at and maintains his speaker profile at rateevent/dineshpriyankara.