Azure Synapse Analytics is Azure SQL Data Warehouse evolved: a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics into a single service. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources, at scale.

Azure Synapse brings these two worlds together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate business intelligence and machine learning needs.

In this presentation, learn about the new products and features that make up Azure Synapse Analytics and how it fits in a modern data warehouse, as well as provide demonstrations.

James Serra is a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data and advanced analytics. Previously, James was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 35 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”.

Databricks recently streamed this tech chat on SCD, or Slowly Changing Dimensions.

We will discuss a popular online analytics processing (OLAP) fundamental – slowly changing dimensions (SCD) – specifically Type-2.

As we have discussed in various other Delta Lake tech talks, the reliability brought to data lakes by Delta Lake has brought a resurgence of many of the data warehousing fundamentals such as Change Data Capture in data lakes.

Type 2 SCD within data warehousing allows you to keep track of both the history and current data over time. We will discuss how to apply these concepts to your data lake within the context of the market segmentation of a climbing eCommerce site.