Big announcement surrounding the general availability of Azure Synapse Analytics and the public preview release of Azure Purview data catalog is covered this week on AzUpdate. Other news items covered include: Azure AD Application Proxy now natively supports apps that use header-based authentication, and the Microsoft Learn Module of the week.
Solutions like data lakes and data warehouses have helped organizations collect and analyze several types of data. The process however, created niches of expertise and specialized technology. Azure Synapse rearchitects operational and analytics data stores to take full advantage of a new, cloud-native architecture. The solution enables organizations to query data using either serverless or dedicated resources at scale while maintaining consistent tools and languages. Think of it as your organization's one pane of glass to analyze all its captured data. Azure Synapse combines capabilities spanning the needs of data engineering, machine learning, and BI without creating silos in processes and tools.
Further details can be found here: Harnessing the power of Azure Synapse for improved data and analytics
Details have also been shared on how Microsoft's Modern Workplace team in partnership with CMS Medicare developed an end-to-end Azure Synapse and Power BI tutorial including over 120 million rows of real CMS Medicare Part D Data to help other organizations learn how to harness it.
The entire step-by-step tutorial including the demo public domain Part D data can be viewed here: How to Deploy an End-to-End Azure Synapse Analytics and Power BI Solution
Announced alongside Azure Synapse, Azure Purview enters public preview and provides a comprehensive data governance solution enabling organizations to know where all thier data resides. The solution can easily create an up-to-date map of an organization's data landscape with automated data discovery, sensitive data classification, and end-to-end data lineage wherever it is stored including on-premises, across multi-clouds and multi-edge, in SaaS apps, and in Microsoft Power BI. Azure Purview is integrated with Microsoft Information Protection thus enabling the ability to apply the same sensitivity labels defined in Microsoft 365 Compliance Center.
Further details can be found here: Azure Purview
Public preview of Application Proxy support for applications that use header-based authentication on standard claims that are issued by Azure AD is now available. Some examples of said applications include NetWeaver Portal, Peoplesoft, and WebCenter of which can benefit from all the capabilities of Application Proxy, including single sign-on as well as enforcing pre-authentication and Conditional Access policies like requiring Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or using a compliant device before users can access these apps. What's more, no added software is required as existing Application Proxy connectors can be used.
Steps on how to harness this can be found here: How to enable Azure AD Application Proxy to support apps using header-based authentication
This learning path provides details on how Azure Synapse Analytics enables you to perform different types of analytics through its’ components that can be used to build Modern Data Warehouses through to Advanced Analytical solutions.
This learning path can be completed here: Integrated Analytical Solutions via Azure Synapse Analytics
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