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Voland Partners will accelerate the growth of Cloud1, a cloud consulting company offering data-driven business development solutions

Voland Partners will make its first investment in Cloud1, a company that produces solutions for Microsoft Azure’s cloud services, and thus it will become a minority shareholder in the company. Cloud1 has an excellent reputation amongst both its employees and customers. The megatrend of cloud services and data utilisation, combined with a good working practice, has propelled the company to an average annual growth of about 40 percent.

Stroll in the Azure IIoT jungle - Cloud1

There are many different services on Azure that are used for IIoT solutions. Playfully I call this versatile stack as a jungle. And why not. We can see few different layers there from usage and also from architectural perspective. But before we go into details let’s take a step back to see the forest from the trees so to speak. Download our blueprint about IIoT.

I love Pandas, or how to generate profile reports from data - Cloud1

I 💙 pandas, I really do. And I also like to do data profiling. So I can’t possibly go wrong with panda profiling, right? Well, jokes aside, in my opinion data profiling should, at least to some extent, be a standard practice in all data processing work. For me and for many of my colleagues our history with data development goes far further than to the time before we had all these nice tools we have now, though. The process of checking data issues has previously been mainly manual. Some of us who are lazy enough...

Power Apps: Perk up with easy-to-do, low code applications

Microsoft Power Platform is a cloud-based set of applications that allow companies to automate processes and build custom applications, visualize data and distribute reports. It brings low-code/no-code development and business intelligence tools to business users.

Discovering my custom expectations for Great Expectations

A week after I started to write the first blog post covering Great Expectations framework, I am back at it again. I managed to first create a custom expectation (i.e., a custom data validation rule) and after which I investigated the more formal way of using the framework. Here’s how it went and what I learned.

Rescue abandoned ML algorithm from developer’s laptop, how to succeed in ML?

Machine learning (ML) applications are already used in many businesses, especially in data or analytics-heavy industries. Whether small or large, every organization can have a lot to gain if they decide to utilize advanced analytics. For example, using an optimized supply chain will help decrease costs. Clustering customers will help to target marketing departments' efforts to the right customer group. Classifying customer churn will help target efforts to stop customers who are about to leave, which results in...

Discovering my great expectations for data quality

So, here’s the deal. One weekend I found myself stuck at home in Covid quarantine waiting for the test results for my kid. Instead of watching the TV the entire Sunday, I decided I might try to use my time doing something a bit more productive.

A Data Lakehouse with low-code, please

If you follow any trends in data world, you have probably heard about Data Lakehouse. It’s a new architecture proposed by Databricks that utilises Delta tables as data lake storage format.

A Data Lakehouse with low-code - Implementation

In a previous blog post I talked about how Databricks Data Lakehouse can be created with low code implementation only. That is almost true. System needs to be setup and for that initial configuration some code is needed. What this code does is it creates a mount to storage account that will be used as storage for delta tables. Fortunately this code is well documented and there are multiple guides to accomplish this like this one:...

Azure Data Catalog Gen 2 / Purview

Organisatoric data and reporting secrets revealed Where does this data actually come from?

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