Simon guides you through lots of new features, services and capabilities that you can take advantage of. Including the new AWS Backup service, more powerful GPU capabilities, new SLAs and much, much more! Chapters: Service Level Agreements 0:17 Storage 0:57 Media Services 5:08 Developer Tools 6:17 Analytics 9:54 AI/ML 12:07 Database 14:47 Networking & Content […]
Relational-database schema comparison and merging is a well-established market. Leading products include SSDT Schema Compare and Redgate SQL Compare, which is partially integrated into Visual Studio. These tools are used by organizations seeking to adopt a DevOps culture to automate build-and-deployment processes and increase the reliability and repeatability of mission critical systems.
Comparison and merging of BI models also introduces opportunities to bridge the gap between self-service and IT-owned “corporate BI”. This helps organizations seeking to adopt a “bi-modal BI” strategy to mitigate the risk of competing IT-owned and business-owned models offering redundant solutions with conflicting definitions.
Such functionality is available for Analysis Services tabular models. Please see the Model Comparison and Merging for Analysis Services whitepaperfor detailed usage scenarios, instructions and workflows.
This is made possible using PBIX import in the Azure Analysis Services web designer (see this post for more information) and BISM Normalizer, which we are pleased to announce now resides on the Analysis Services Git repo. BISM Normalizer is a popular open-source tool that works with Azure Analysis Services and SQL Server Analysis Services. All tabular model objects and compatibility levels, including the new 1400 compatibility level, are supported. As a Visual Studio extension, it is tightly integrated with source control systems, build and deployment processes, and model management workflows.
Thanks to Javier Guillen (Blue Granite), Chris Webb (Crossjoin Consulting), Marco Russo (SQLBI), Chris Woolderink (Tabular) and Bill Anton (Opifex Solutions) for their contributions to the whitepaper.
Editor’s note: Today’s guest post comes from Dr. Terri Irwin, wife of the late Steve Irwin, who is honored in today’s Google Doodle.
Today’s Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognised as the most extensive of any conservationist. We are so proud that his legacy lives on, as that was his greatest wish. He once said, “I don’t care if I’m remembered, as long as my message is remembered.”
Steve was born on February 22, 1962 in Upper Fern Tree Gully, Victoria, Australia. The Irwin Family moved to Beerwah on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 1970 and opened a tiny roadside wildlife park called the Beerwah Reptile Park (later renamed as the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park). Steve helped to monitor, study and relocate crocodiles living too close to populated areas, which lead to his love and respect for these apex predators.
I happened to go into this tiny roadside park in 1991, when I was visiting Australia with some friends. There I encountered an outspoken man who was clearly passionate about wildlife, especially crocodiles. He was actually inside one of the croc enclosures sharing with the visitors just how special crocodiles really are. “They are very protective mothers and male and female crocodiles show great affection to each other,” he was saying. I had never heard anyone speak about crocs with such enthusiasm, much less have the calm courage to hand feed one of these giant saurians. I just had to speak to him. It was a decision that would change my life forever.
Steve and I married in June 1992 in my grandmother’s church in Eugene, Oregon. Afterward, we received a phone call about a poacher trying to kill a large crocodile in North Queensland, so instead of a honeymoon, Steve and I went to Australia to save the croc before the bad guys got him. We invited a film crew to come along and document our efforts. Although we didn’t arrive in time to save the crocodile, we did save his mate. She was a beautiful girl, not quite 10 feet long. We didn’t know it at the time, but this would turn out to be the very first episode of “The Crocodile Hunter” and the beginning of a 14-year adventure, filming in locations across Australia and around the world.
Steve Irwin doodle frame 1
It was love at first sight when zookeeper Steve Irwin met naturalist Terri Raines. Steve and Terri’s love for each other matched equally with their passion for animal conservation.
Steve Irwin doodle frame 2
The married duo were partners in life and in work, shooting nature documentaries across the globe, including this Komodo Dragon.
Steve Irwin doodle frame 3
One special moment in Steve’s adventures is the time a wild mother orangutan dropped in and hugged him in Sumatra.
Steve Irwin doodle frame 4
Carrying the Irwin legacy, Steve and Terri raised their children to love and respect wildlife.
The very best part of our lives together would have to be our two incredible children. Bindi was born in 1998, the same year we changed the name of our zoological park to Australia Zoo. Robert was born in 2003, and we travelled and filmed with both of our amazing kids.
Our lives changed forever when Steve had an accident while filming in the Great Barrier Reef. Losing Steve was a real crossroads for us, but together we decided to continue his mission. Bindi, Robert and I have dedicated our lives to the wildlife conservation work that Steve began.
Today, Australia Zoo is still growing with more than 1,200 animals, and nearly 1,000 acres. We protect nearly half a million acres of habitat, and our non-profit organisation supports conservation projects around the world. We even have a Wildlife Hospital that has treated over 82,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, solely to return them back to the wild.
As Wildlife Warriors, we continue the battle to protect wilderness areas just like Steve did. Our global conservation programs protect many vulnerable and critically endangered species including rhinos in Kenya, tigers in Sumatra, elephants in Cambodia, crocodiles home in Australia and many more. We’ve also continued the longest running and most comprehensive crocodile research program in the world aiming to educate people everywhere about the essential role crocodiles play in our eco-system as apex predators and why they deserve to be conserved for future generations. We do this work every day to honor Steve's memory, and now today's Doodle honors him, too.
Welcome to 2018!
Important Vancouver Summit Updates
The countdown is on until the next Summit in May. Below are some important updates regarding CFP, Travel and Summit Passes
CFP is now open!
Call for presentations are now open for the Vancouver Summit. The deadline to submit your proposal is February 8th.
There are some new changes to the structure of the CFP, such as track organisation. Read more here.
Summit Passes and Hotels
These sold quick in 2015 when we last went to Vancouver, don’t miss out and secure yours today. You can do so here.
For information regarding Visa applications and invitation letters, read about it here.
As a general planning guideline, if a visa is needed, a foreign traveler should apply for his or her visa as soon as possible, preferably no later than 60 days before the travel date.
Travel Support Program
The Travel Support Program (TSP) aims to facilitate participation of key contributors to the OpenStack Summit by covering the costs for their travel and accommodations. The grants will cover a combination of flights, accommodation, and access pass to the Summit. More details here.
All contributors to OpenStack (developers, documentation writers, organizers of user groups around the world, Ask moderators, speakers, translators, etc) are invited to submit a request. You can apply by filling out this form.
Got any other questions about the Summit? There is an excellent FAQ here.
Ops Meetup Tokyo
The next OpenStack Ops Meetup is happening March 6-7 in Tokyo.
Information from Wiki
Project Teams Gathering (PTG)
The Project Teams Gathering (PTG) in Dublin February 26 – March 2. It’s an event for anyone who self-identifies as a member in a specific given project team as well as operators who are specialists on a given project and willing to spend their time giving feedback on their use case and contributing their usage experience to the project team.
Upcoming Industry Events
The Foundation will be present at FODSEM in Brussels, February 3-4 2018.
OpenStack booth will be in building K, level 1
OpenStack delivers a keynote at Chaosscon
Feb 2, 2018 in Brussels
LF Open Source Leadership
Closing date: January 21, 2018
Closing Date: January 30, 2018
LinuxCon ContainerCon | CloudOpen China
Closing Date: March 4, 2018
Closing Date: June 24, 2018
OpenStack Technical Committee E-office Hours
The TC has e-office hours each week to field any questions you may have.
Find out more details here: