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There is an imperative for digital transformation to take place, and the speed of that transformation will define an organisation’s future. It’s that tech intensity that Satya Nadella keeps mentioning.

The ability to empower people intelligently, virtually optimise operations and transform products is the future he sees. It’s this analytical power that will turn an organisation from being reactive into being proactive. This predictive power will transform organisations. Data is your most strategic asset and it should be listed as its own line as a business asset.

Azure Synapse is generally available, but a tool that I wasn’t aware of is Azure Synapse Link, which enables no complex Extract Transform Load (ETL) of data to get to the analytics.

Digital transformation is never done. It’s lots of little races to improve things. Once the data foundation is built there is freedom which enables flexibility to reimage the process then automate it. Data is going to define the century in the environment and health care resilience. The ability to test hypothesis’s in parallel and experiment every day transforms the efficiency and effectiveness of the world.

Microsoft has also announced Azure Purview, a unified data governance platform. It’ll change the way businesses grow and enable predictive power, with data governance being key to gaining control over the data. Reimagine data governance as the heart of every successful data project; data governance reimagined with a business glossary, a trusted data dictionary and no more building manual ontologies with automated classification. Plus a lineage function that you can use to look downstream to see where all the data is being used.

I see this as being amazingly helpful in supporting business. It’s a data map across your data estate that will register, scan and auto classify data. A business glossary helps drive meaning; Azure Purview changes the game in governance and was a missing piece.

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