Delivering AI with data: Meet the next generation of Microsoft’s data platform

On Wednesday, at the Microsoft Data Amp online event, several products and innovations were announced that integrate data and artificial intelligence (AI) to transform your applications and your business.

Among them: The first relational database management system with built-in AI — a production-quality Community Technology Preview (CTP 2.0) of SQL Server 2017. “In this preview release, we are introducing in-database support for a rich library of machine learning functions, and now for the first time, Python support (in addition to R),” writes Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Data Group.

Microsoft R Server 9.1, also released, “takes the concept of bringing intelligence to where your data lives to Hadoop and Spark, as well as SQL Server,” Sirosh says.

In the cloud, Microsoft Cognitive Services will enable you to infuse your apps with cognitive intelligence. Now, the Face API, Computer Vision API, and Content Moderator are generally available in the Azure Portal.

Also now in general availability is Azure Analysis Services. Built on the proven business intelligence (BI) engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, it delivers enterprise-grade BI semantic modeling capabilities with the scale, flexibility and management benefits of the cloud.

To learn more, visit the SQL Server Blog.

Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff