January 2020 Roundup: Analytics in a Day, code migration tool, and Microsoft Ignite The Tour Sydney

January 2020 Roundup: Analytics in a Day, code migration tool, and Microsoft Ignite The Tour Sydney

For many people, the New Year has become more than a holiday and a chance to celebrate the Year that was. The gesture of turning the calendar back to the 1st of January becomes an opportunity to make a fresh start and resolve to focus more on health, make career strides, migrate from SQL Server 2008 to Azure or simply do things differently. However, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February.

In order for resolutions to succeed you need someone to assist you achieve them and that is where WARDY IT Solutions comes in to play. Whether your resolution is to focus on finally resolving the performance of an application with a SQL Server Healthcheck or ensuring your data estate is running at operational excellence with the Virtual DBA service or the ability to deliver better business insights, WARDY IT Solutions can help ensure you aren’t one of the many people to give up on their New Year’s resolution or to forget about them entirely.

Analytics in a Day in your city

WARDY IT Solutions will be hosting Analytics in a Day workshops in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the next few months.

Designed by Microsoft, delivered by WARDY IT Solutions ‘Analytics in a Day’ is a 1-day session covering some of the latest features of the Azure Data Analytics platform.

Analytics in a Day is a great way to get immediate hands on experience with new and exciting tools to gain spectacular insight into your business data. The last few hours of the workshop will be dedicated to hands-on training to help accelerate your journey to the cloud.

Only 7 tickets are available for each event, please register to secure your place.


Virtual DBA service Q3 2020 roadmap

We developed SQL Beacon™ and MyVirtualDBA™ to underpin our world-class team of DBAs who work on shift, 24x7x365 to support our clients.

Since implementing the 2019 Q2 roadmap, we’ve been collating feature requests from UserVoice and we are pleased to announce our 2019 Q3 roadmap – view it here.

These are just some of the investments that WARDY IT Solutions continues to make to ensure our Virtual DBA service is truly world-class. We encourage you to continue to help drive these investments with feedback on UserVoice.


Learning-as-a-Service for busy IT professionals

WARDY IT Solutions’ new Learning-as-a-Service platform brings together Microsoft online courses for busy IT professionals.

As technology has moved to a cloud cadence the pace of change has continued to accelerate. This change has created a skills gap that is making it harder for individuals and organisations to keep pace. The WARDY IT Solutions Learning-as-a-Service platform enables bight sized, just in time training to help bridge this gap and ensure industry relevant skills.

To learn more and start your learning experience visit https://learning.wardyit.com/


James Orford celebrates his 10th work anniversary at WARDY

Congratulations to James Orford, our awesome Business Manager, for hitting a major milestone today – his 10th work anniversary at WARDY IT Solutions. James has been a significant part of the team and on behalf of WARDY IT Solutions, I would like to thank him for all his contributions to the organisation.

Microsoft Ignite The Tour Sydney

We are delighted to once again be a sponsor for Microsoft Ignite The Tour Sydney from 13-14 February 2020. If you’re attending, make sure you visit us at booth 414 (across from the MS showcase) and have a chat with us!

This event is focused on the latest in cloud technologies and developer tools with guest speakers, industry experts, and more.


De-risking database migrations with our Code Migration Tool

Migrating from one Data Platform to another can be risky, time consuming, and costly. Our Data Platform Consultants know that some database migrations aren’t straight-forward, requiring extensive code migration that is not feasible to carry out manually.

Our Data Platform Consultants have come up with a tried and tested solution that we are excited to share with you: JANUS.

JANUS is a Code Migration Tool built to de-risk database migrations and improve the efficiency of the migration processes.

JANUS does this by checking against rules you put in place and refactoring your code for SQL Server and Azure SQL Data Warehouse automatically.

Learn more about JANUS here: https://www.wardyit.com/code-migration/

If you are ready to learn more about how JANUS can assist in your database migration, don’t hesitate to contact us here.


SQL Server End of Life Considerations

SQL Server End of Life (EOL) indicates that a particular version is at the end of its useful life, and Microsoft stops selling and developing it.

If you no longer receive security updates, your system defenses are down. By continuing to use an out of support version, this makes your system vulnerable to threats. You may find it nearly impossible to protect your data against cyberattacks.

We encourage you to upgrade your system to avoid these risks.

If you are not sure whether you are still eligible for extended support, check our recent blog post to find out.


Improvements to machine learning capabilities in SQL Server 2019

For those of us who work with SQL Server, there are many cool new capabilities to get familiar with in SQL Server 2019. At the heart of it all is a solution called Big Data Clusters, allowing you to create scalable clusters of SQL Server, Apache Spark, and HDFS containers running on Kubernetes.