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Senior Technical Talent Advisor and Community Development - A.I, Machine Learning and Data Science.

Director & Co-Founder @ www.Abso-Fashion-Lutely.co.uk
Director & Founder of Data Science & Big Data Analytics IT Job Board http://datasciencebigdataanalytics.jobboard.io/

Roles:

Data Scientist, Statistician, Insight Analyst, Chief Data Scientists, Data Architect, Data Engineer, Data Analyst, Statistics Consultant, Research Engineer, Quantitative Analyst, Developer, Engineer, Pre-Sales / Post Sales engineer, Sales Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Technical Evangelist, Client Services Engineer, Architects (Cloud, Solutions & Enterprise), Cloud & Big data Analytics, Microsoft Azure and consulting roles.

The above is not an exclusive list and I work on a diverse range of roles and technologies. Contact me:  0044 788 135 1363

I am currently studying with Udacity to further my career in Data Science, Big Data Analytics, Programming, Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Psychology & Visualizing Algebra.

I specialise in the following:

• Talent Manager and also responsible for expanding our internal team; vetting, meeting & technically testing candidates
• Providing advice around legal, accounting and general recruitment to the community
• Utilising the latest social media strategies for recruitment Twitter,Github Etc ..
• Setting up interviews, negotiating extensions, offers & contracts
• Developing new relationships and bringing in new business
• Client & account management
• Attending and arranging technical conferences to better my understanding of the technologies and markets I specialise in

I own & run the following groups on LinkedIn:
• ASP.Net MVC 3, MVC 4 & MVC5 Ninjas
• Cloud & Big data
• Microsoft Azure Ninjas
• Data Scientist & Analytics UK
• HTML5 Ninjas
• Java Blackbelt
• Hadoop Experts UK & EMEA
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Microsoft SQL Server 2014

 

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in the prior release by providing breakthrough performance, availability and manageability for your mission critical applications. SQL Server 2014 delivers new in-memory capabilities built into the core database for OLTP and data warehousing, which complement our existing in-memory data warehousing and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive in-memory database solution in the market.

SQL Server 2014 also provides new disaster recovery and backup solutions with Windows Azure, enabling customers to use their existing skills with the on-premises product offerings to take advantage of Microsoft’s global datacenters. In addition, SQL Server 2014 takes advantage of new Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities to give you unparalleled scalability for your database application in a physical or virtual environment.

Learn more about SQL Server 2014

Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC 5

 

Getting Started

Start by installing and running Visual Studio Express 2013 RC for Web or Visual Studio 2013 RC.

Visual Studio is an IDE, or integrated development environment. Just like you use Microsoft Word to write documents, you'll use an IDE to create applications. In Visual Studio there's a toolbar along the top showing various options available to you. There's also a menu that provides another way to perform tasks in the IDE. (For example, instead of selecting New Project from the Start page, you can use the menu and select File > New Project.)

Creating Your First Application

You can create applications using either Visual Basic or Visual C# as the programming language. Click New Project, then select Visual C# on the left, then Web and then select ASP.NET  Web Application. Name your project "MvcMovie" and then click OK.

In the New ASP.NET Project dialog, click MVC and then click Create Project.

Click OK. Visual Studio used a default template for the ASP.NET MVC project you just created, so you have a working application right now without doing anything! This is a simple "Hello World!" project, and it's a good place to start your application.

Click F5 to start debugging. F5 causes Visual Studio to start IIS Express and run your web application. Visual Studio then launches a browser and opens the application's home page. Notice that the address bar of the browser says localhost and not something like example.com. That's because localhost always points to your own local computer, which in this case is running the application you just built. When Visual Studio runs a web project, a random port is used for the web server. In the image below, the port number is 1234. When you run the application, you'll see a different port number.

Right out of the box this default template gives you  Home, Contact and About pages. The image above doesn't show the Home, About and Contact links. Depending on the size of your browser window, you might need to click the navigation icon to see these links.

The application also provides support to register and log in. The next step is to change how this application works and learn a little bit about ASP.NET MVC. Close the ASP.NET MVC application and let's change some code.

Thanks @RickAndMSFT

Monday, 19 August 2013

Getting Started with ASP.NET MVC 5 with Rick Anderson

 

Getting Started

Start by installing and running Visual Studio Express 2013 Preview for Web or Visual Studio 2013 Preview.

Visual Studio is an IDE, or integrated development environment. Just like you use Microsoft Word to write documents, you'll use an IDE to create applications. In Visual Studio there's a toolbar along the top showing various options available to you. There's also a menu that provides another way to perform tasks in the IDE. (For example, instead of selecting New Project from the Start page, you can use the menu and select File > New Project.)

Creating Your First Application

You can create applications using either Visual Basic or Visual C# as the programming language. Click New Project, then select Visual C# on the left, then Web and then select ASP.NET  Web Application. Name your project "MvcMovie" and then click OK.

In the New ASP.NET Project dialog, click MVC and then click Create Project.

Click OK. Visual Studio used a default template for the ASP.NET MVC project you just created, so you have a working application right now without doing anything! This is a simple "Hello World!" project, and it's a good place to start your application.

Click F5 to start debugging. F5 causes Visual Studio to start IIS Express and run your web application. Visual Studio then launches a browser and opens the application's home page. Notice that the address bar of the browser says localhost and not something like example.com. That's because localhost always points to your own local computer, which in this case is running the application you just built. When Visual Studio runs a web project, a random port is used for the web server. In the image below, the port number is 1234. When you run the application, you'll see a different port number.

Right out of the box this default template gives you  Home, Contact and About pages. The image above doesn't show the Home, About and Contact links. Depending on the size of your browser window, you might need to click the navigation icon to see these links.

The application also provides support to register and log in. The next step is to change how this application works and learn a little bit about ASP.NET MVC. Close the ASP.NET MVC application and let's change some code.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Andy Murray - Wimbledon Champion 2013

Andy Murray is the Wimbledon Champion after defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

Its taken Britain 77-years  for this …….

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Well done @andy_murray

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Is Big Data Analytics for Real?



Very Interesting


The term ‘big data‘ has generated a lot of attention in the past eighteen months or so, to the point that it has been overused and oversold at times. Clearly a candidate for the peak of the ‘hype cycle’. Many people ask me whether their data is ‘big enough’ to qualify as ‘big data’. Are petabytes a must or will terabytes or even gigabytes qualify?

I tell them that this is the wrong question to ask. Two different examples serve to illustrate: First, consider basic census data about all 7 billion people; is this ‘big’? Well, with minimal effort it will fit in memory on most high-end servers. So is it big? No? Well, try loading it into a traditional database – I bet it takes at more than a day to merely get in. Oh, so it is big after all …. Well, not so fast. A C program can process all this data and calculate say, the median age for each gender that runs in minutes. So its not big ..?

Second example: Think of a few hundred individuals along with a small sample of their genetic information, which might be a few hundred thousand features per person. Big? Not in size – a few dozen megabytes at best. But try to slice and dice this data using a traditional OLAP tool. Many lifetimes are not enough to view all slices.
Lessons? First, traditional technology makes small amounts of data appear big for no reason. So new technology is needed. Second, even small data sets that are ‘wide’ appear big when it comes to analysis. So statistics, machine learning and data mining must be used rather than traditional slice and dice.

Big data is about counting, not queries. Also having ‘wide’ data, rather than lots of data, make for a ‘big data’ problem.

Info From :
Dr. Gautam Shroff
VP & Chief Scientist @ TCS Innovation Labs

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Microsoft brings Surface Pro tablet to the UK

 

Microsoft revealed that it will bring the Surface Pro tablet to the UK by the end of May.

 

Microsoft's Surface Pro eschews the ARM processor and the stripped down Windows RT operating system in favour of an Intel chip and full blown Windows 8. The firm said that it will bring the Windows 8 tablet to the UK and other major European markets such as France and Germany by the end of May.

Microsoft added that its consumer Windows RT tablet, which has received mixed reviews and has not been the sales success that some rival tablet makers feared, will be released in Malaysia, Mexico, Korea and Thailand over the next two months. The firm said that means the Surface RT will be on sale in 29 countries, though given it has been on sale in key markets such as the UK and US for some time now, it is unlikely to result in a sales spike for the firm.

However Microsoft's big hope is the Surface Pro tablet aimed at its core business customers that want to run the full-fledged Windows 8 operating system on a tablet. The firm claimed that it has been having trouble keeping the 128GB Surface Pro tablet in stock.

Brian Hall, GM of Microsoft Surface said, "One of our biggest challenges has been keeping our 128GB Surface Pro in stock. We've worked hard to increase availability, and most retail partners in the US and Canada as well as the Microsoft Store now have the 128GB product consistently in stock."

He added that before the company makes products available in markets it needs to ensure that its retail channel has enough devices to meet demand.

Microsoft didn't reveal what its Surface Pro tablet will cost in the UK when it goes on sale next month.

Source: Microsoft

Friday, 10 May 2013

eSynergy Solutions Limited awarded supplier status on the new government G-Cloud iii initiative

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eSynergy Solutions is a recognised supplier to the Government Procurement Service.

Cloud computing has brought about a step change in the economics and sustainability of the IT industry and the UK Government is committed to the adoption of cloud computing and delivering computing resources. 

The G-Cloud is an iterative programme of work to achieve this which will deliver fundamental changes in the way the public sector procures and operates ICT.

eSynergy Solutions works with industry leading companies to implement Cloud and Big Data technical solutions and services in the UK and across Europe.

We are proud to be recognised for our services in the Cloud and look forward to joining this innovative Government Procurement Service.

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We will be a supplier of consulting & skills services on Cloud and Big Data technologies for G-Cloud iii

Friday, 3 May 2013

IT Project’s

 

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eSynergy Solutions DevOps Conference

 

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eSynergy Solutions are pleased to announce our next Contractor & Community event for clients and contractors which is ALL about DevOps.

This event is held on a bi-annual basis and is exclusively for the eSynergy community. It is intended to help those who have a keen interest in DevOps.

The event will be held on Tuesday 21st May between 6pm-9pm at the Minster Exchange (near Bank).

We have some fantastic speakers lined up from the Chef, Puppet & Devops world; who will be talking about their experience with DevOps, followed by some drinks and nibbles.

Presentations from: 

Paul Swartout, Independent Consultant

Author of "Continuous Delivery and DevOps: A Quickstart Guide" will give a talk entitled "DevOps - what is it and why is it valuable?"

This talk will provide you with a brief introduction to DevOps, the history and principles behind it, some insights into how to adopt and implement a successful DevOps culture and what business benefits this can bring.

Dave Sayers, Technical Services Director Midvision

“Applying DevOps principles in established corporate organisations". Much of DevOps theory has come from tech firms that have had to out-innovate their competition to survive - but the DNA of these firms are radically different from many large corporate organisations.

This talk provides an overview of how DevOps principles are being applied in more traditional established organisations.

Andy Hawkins, Technical Director Opscode

Will be speaking about 'Enabling DevOps through next generation Configuration Management.

Keiran Sweet,  Linux Administrator

Whose talk will be "Bringing order to chaos with Puppet" and his experiences using the Puppet configuration management platform.

Please RSVP through the Event Brite link below to secure your place.

http://esynergydevopsconference.eventbrite.co.uk/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

6 things Apple needs to copy from Microsoft Surface in iOS 7

 

The Microsoft Surface is an easy target. It is Microsoft’s attempt to get into touch computing and it is easy to see it as a me-too iPad competitor. Microsoft is frankly just so uncool that their products get much greater scrutiny, and people delight at picking everything apart.

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But, the Surface RT is good. I’ve owned one for over three months now. And here’s the crazy thing: I use it all the time. More than my iPad.

Why? A bunch of reasons really. But six things really make it stand out.

1. Multiple user accounts

The Surface lets you setup multiple user accounts. It’s actually a feature I never use on a real computer, but it’s convenient to have all your settings there when you pick up a tablet.

Multiple accounts means no logging on and off of apps like Gmail and Twitter for old foggies like me who live with their significant others. Tap on your account and everything is as you left it.

I used to think that as tablets get cheaper and cheaper, people will just get one each. Here’s the reality: “Why is the email, Facebook and calendar on this !%$!$$! thing Sarah’s?”

Yes, this could be the definition of “first world problem,” but as tablets become nearly free, you’re more likely to leave one in the bathroom and wish the one in the living room just worked right.

2. Visual Feedback on Touch

visualfeedbackIt’s a subtle-but-great touch.

Every time you touch the surface, a very light-grey, transparent circular dot briefly appears on screen and then quickly shrinks into nothing. When you swipe, a faint grey trails your finger and then almost instantly disappears.

Most Surface users probably don’t even notice this detail, but it is super nice. It helps you understand where your touches are registering and makes every touch feel highly responsive  — more responsive than an iPad.

3. Two apps at a time

outgoing-image44The Surface lets you have one app take up three-quarters of the screen

Have you ever tried to paste your favorite three bits of an article into an email on an iPad? Use cases like that make me bring a laptop on trips.

My most common use case is opening a narrow email client and copying and pasting text from a website or copying and pasting multiple URLs. Or: adding stuff to my calendar when I’m in an email app (this is a huge pain on the iPad). Or: taking notes in Evernote with a web browser open.

4. Flash

Flash is dead. Long live flash!

I hate flash as much as the next guy, but if you use the web for work, it’s a necessary evil. Say you’re the CEO of a real estate startup and you want to check in on your traffic yesterday in Google Analytics. Then Flash is like a long lost friend.

5. Left and Right Arrow Keys

arrowkeysIf you’re a write fast, go-back-and-edit writer like me, editing text with the little iOS magnifying glass is something that unknowingly taxes you every time you do it.

On the Surface, I do what I do to write quickly and efficiently on my laptop: get close enough with the mouse and then use the onscreen arrow keys to get positioned just right. Or: Control + Arrow word by word to the place I want to edit.

6. Music Playback

musicplaybackSomeone deserves a promotion for the work they did on Windows 8′s playback user interface.

You can play music or podcasts in the background on the Surface — like you’d expect. Here’s what the Surface does delightfully right: When you touch either of the volume buttons on the Surface, it shows you the volume level in the upper left hand corner of the screen along with rewind, pause and fast forward buttons.

This is discoverability done right. The first time you want music or a podcast playing in a background app to pause on the Surface, you turn down the volume and from there find out you can pause it.

Conclusion

This stuff has made the Microsoft Surface something I use on a regular basis. I don’t think it’s enough to make the Surface an “iPad killer” or even to steal a significant part of the market from the iPad, but it’s a strong start. The Surface is an impressive first start with some surprisingly nice features.

As an all-Apple person, I had low expectations for the Surface RT, but it has really impressed

by Galen Ward

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A look at Microsoft's top-secret Surface prototypes

Microsoft made a bold bet to build its own hardware, competing directly with Apple's iPad, but it was never an easy task to create something new and unique. Microsoft's own tablet is the result of it facing a "big challenge" relying on its hardware partners to create a high quality physical device that could go up against Apple. Project "Georgetown," the codename for Surface RT, started with two simple goals: the tablet couldn't leak and it must ship when Windows 8 is ready. "The goal was, you gotta bring Windows 8 to life," says Microsoft's Panos Panay, general manager of the Surface team. Looking at the vision of Windows 8 and other Microsoft products, Panay was tasked with creating a tablet that would encompass everything Microsoft had to offer. After months and months of prototyping and tweaking, the end result was unveiled to the world on June 18th of last year. These are a few of the concepts and prototypes that led to that final product.

Secrecy was essential; Microsoft didn't want to upset its OEM partners at a time when it was working to bring Windows 8 to the market. After the project was commissioned by Windows chief Julie Larson-Green, Panos Panay started to form a team of 12 people to tackle the task of creating a vision for what would become Surface. Panay previously worked on Microsoft's PixelSense table (formerly known as Surface) and slowly grew the Surface team from 12 people to 30 people, then on to 80 people and beyond.

"When we started and kind of all the visions were coming together, it was clear we were gonna go make a tablet," he reveals in an interview with The Verge recently. Despite the clear guidelines on a tablet, Panay admits "there were some other concepts, and there were a number of them beyond just tablet at the time," suggesting that Microsoft had considered other form factors. The exact timing of Surface development is still a mystery though, and Panay refused to comment whether the iPad was available before work started on Surface. The official timing statement is that the Windows 8 design vision was locked before the iPad and that Apple's tablet validated a lot of the vision for Microsoft's new operating system.

The Surface tablet started with the concept that people should be able to do more than competitor tablets. Recounting how it all began, Panay explains "we're Microsoft, let's be proud of that, let's be proud that we help people get stuff done." The primary goal was to get the product thin and light to be used as a tablet, with 3D printed prototypes and concepts helping to form the idea of a tablet. Early concepts included rounded backs and edges, but Microsoft settled with a flat back and angled edges to prevent users from feeling like they were about to drop the tablet.

"We stressed out about it."

Microsoft also wanted to protect the tablet with a cover, but enable full productivity. "We stressed out about it," explains Panay, then the team paused and looked at what it had been doing with mice and keyboards for the past 30 years. The Surface team put a magnet on its concept to figure out if it was possible to make a removable keyboard cover. "What ended up happening was we kinda found this idea of everyone needs a cover, so the cover has to be super thin and they're gonna protect their glass which is an important concept and we're like, 'let's figure this out.'

After several concepts and prototypes, the team settled on Touch Cover and Type Cover, with separate groups working on both. The goal, in plastic form, was 4.5mm, but it turned out the team was able to push this to just 3mm. "This was literally how do we make something thin enough that looks super cool and feels nice on the hands," explains Panay.

"We're Microsoft, let's be proud of that, let's be proud that we help people get stuff done."

Panay and the team then watched it evolve from one concept to another, before a final design was formed. From the pictures below it's clear to see how many Surface and Touch Cover revisions that Microsoft went through. From yellow covers to flat plastic ones, a number of ideas were thrown around in the process of making Touch Cover what it is today. "We don't have yellow, we don't have any green," he explains. "We get a lot of requests for colors. It's all in the works, we can create colors and special editions," says Panay, revealing that we'll be seeing a number of new covers in the future. The team has previously hinted that it may also be working on battery equipped covers, but Microsoft has nothing to announce in that area just yet.

Microsoft's Surface Pro, codenamed "Georgetown X," started three months after Surface RT. "We started Pro three months after we started RT, that's how the product shipped," says Panay. Explaining the gap, Panay says "it really was people, availability, time," not a delay or product issues. Pro was all about speed with an aim to make it a full PC. "So you still want it to be a device that looks elegant, looks beautiful, something you're proud of, but it's not a museum piece." Museum piece or not, Pro combined the idea of touch, PC, and stylus into a 2 pound package. Microsoft says it designed Surface Pro from the inside out to ensure the weight was evenly distributed for note taking and tablet use. "It's distributed, to a science, it's distributed in a way that takes iteration and it takes a lot of time."

Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet was codenamed Georgetown X

The Surface Pro started shipping in mid-February and Panay says "demand is higher than we initially intended for Pro to be, no doubt." The initial supply issues seem to be mostly resolved, with devices available in stores and online. Reflecting on the launch and reaction to Surface, Panay says the team feels great about what they're doing. "The people that aren't using the products certainly have opinions, but the people using them love them and I think that's what's most important to us right now."

So what's in store for Surface in the future? Panay says the team is working on future Surface generations at the moment. "When I say generations, not just one, we have the teams at full speed and loving what they're building and seeing," he says enthusiastically. "I think things just keep getting better, just hopefully what you'd expect from us."

Hint: Use the 's' and 'd' keys to navigate

By Tom Warren