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Azure Synapse Analytics: How serverless is replacing the data warehouse

Azure Synapse Analytics: How serverless is replacing the data warehouse

James Broome

Serverless data architectures enable leaner data insights and operations. How do you reap the rewards while avoiding the potential pitfalls?
Benchmarking Azure Synapse Analytics - SQL Serverless, using .NET Interactive

Benchmarking Azure Synapse Analytics - SQL Serverless, using .NET Interactive

James Broome

There is a new service in town that promises to transform the way you query the contents of your data lake. Azure Synapse Analytics comes with a new offering called SQL Serverless allowing you to query your data on-demand with no need for pre-provisioned resources.When we heard about the new service we were keen to get involved, so for the last 10 months we've been working with the SQL Serverless product group to provide feedback on the service and to help ensure it meets our customers needs. During this time we've put it through it's paces by implementing a range of real-world use cases. We were particularly interested to see how it stacked up as a replacement for Data Lake Analytics, where to date there has been no clear and easy migration path.
Does Azure Synapse Analytics spell the end for Azure Databricks?

Does Azure Synapse Analytics spell the end for Azure Databricks?

James Broome

Have you or are you about to invest in Azure Databricks? If so, the new Spark offering in Azure Synapse Analytics is likely to have grabbed your attention and rightly so. Why is Microsoft putting yet another Spark offering on the table and what does it mean for you?
5 Reasons why Azure Synapse Analytics should be on your roadmap

5 Reasons why Azure Synapse Analytics should be on your roadmap

James Broome

For years we have been building modern cloud data solutions on Azure and helping our customers transform their use of data to drive outcomes. Here are 5 reasons why Azure Synapse Analytics might just be the service that we have been crying out for.
Wardley Maps - Explaining how OceanMind use Microsoft Azure & AI to combat Illegal Fishing

Wardley Maps - Explaining how OceanMind use Microsoft Azure & AI to combat Illegal Fishing

Jess Panni

Wardley Maps are a fantastic tool to help provide situational awareness, in order to help you make better decisions. We use Wardley Maps to help our customers think about the various benefits and trade-offs that can be made when migrating to the Cloud. In this blog post, Jess Panni demonstrates how we used Wardley Maps to plan the migration of OceanMind to Microsoft Azure, and how the maps highlighted where the core value of their platform was, and how PaaS and Serverless services offered the most value for money for the organisation.
Office 365 Wardley Mapping Templates

Office 365 Wardley Mapping Templates

Jess Panni

We use Wardley Mapping as a technique to give us situational awareness in our technical decision making process. We're sharing our Office 365 Templates for PowerPoint and Visio, so that you can make use of them too.
An experimental approach to software development

An experimental approach to software development

Carmel Eve

The application of scientific experimental process to software development leads to the development of fully-validated solutions. This approach provides you with confidence in designs and means that you can quickly identify ideas which are not worth pursuing. At endjin we use the ideas of hypotheses and experimentation when designing any solution and this gives us full confidence in the designs we produce. In this post we outline the steps and advantages of using this approach.
Help for the new CTO: Getting to know your team

Help for the new CTO: Getting to know your team

Matthew Adams

As part of my series on guidance for CTOs, I discuss using the Office of the CTO (OCTO) approach to management, its strengths and limitations.
Help for the new CTO: Transparent salaries and the gender pay gap

Help for the new CTO: Transparent salaries and the gender pay gap

Matthew Adams

Salaries. What a nightmare! Hardly anyone likes talking about money. Technical people don't like talking about money. Even a lot of sales people don't like talking about money. When a CTO comes into an organization (even a brand new start-up) one of the first things you need to sort out is the salary quagmire. In this article we look at the strategies and pitfalls of introducing open, capability-based pay levels for a product development team.
Help for the new CTO: IR35 and hiring developers

Help for the new CTO: IR35 and hiring developers

Matthew Adams

It has been a staple of IT projects to make liberal use of short-term contract staff. Upcoming changes in IR35 for medium to larger employers is seriously disrupting the IT recruitment market, and you should understand the impact bt
NDC London - A dive into responsible and inclusive technology

NDC London - A dive into responsible and inclusive technology

Carmel Eve

NDC London day 1 was mainly focused around the responsibility we all face when developing new technology. As developers we cannot absolve ourselves of the consequences of not considering diversity and inclusivity when designing our solutions.
A beginner's guide to agile estimation and planning

A beginner's guide to agile estimation and planning

Carmel Eve

In this post Carmel runs through some of the main principles behind agile estimation and planning. At endjin we use a lot of these techniques in our projects and this is a great post which highlights the reasons behind some of what we do. The key motivation behind good estimation is to be useful for project planning. There is a huge amount of inherent uncertainty surrounding estimates, especially early in the project. So, we shift our aim from 100% precise, or "true", estimates, and towards providing estimates which are useful and accurate. Carmel also runs through the steps in an agile delivery and release process. Definitely worth the read if you have an interest in agile and/or project management!
Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" is the prequel to Satya Nadella's "Hit Refresh"

Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" is the prequel to Satya Nadella's "Hit Refresh"

Howard van Rooijen

10 ways working with Microsoft helped endjin grow since 2010

10 ways working with Microsoft helped endjin grow since 2010

Howard van Rooijen

Microsoft recently shot a video interviewing endjin co-founder, Howard van Rooijen, and Director of Engineering, James Broome, about how Microsoft has helped endjin grow over the past decade. This posts the top 10 ways in which Microsoft helped - from providing access to valuable software and services, to opening up sales channels, to helping to navigate the minefield of UK Financial Services regulations around cloud adoption.
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Networking

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Networking

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Mobile Services

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Mobile Services

Jess Panni

All Bootcamped Out: the 5-day workshop survival guide

All Bootcamped Out: the 5-day workshop survival guide

Matthew Adams

We've been running workshops and training sessions for a long time now, and one thing we've learned from that is that PEOPLE DO WORKSHOPS WRONG. From MBA classes, to design sessions, there seems to be a common problem: burn-out. We give you a survival guide for multi-day bootcamps and workshops, to get the most out of them, and take care of yourself in the process.
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Internet of Things

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Internet of Things

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Analytics & Big Data

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Analytics & Big Data

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Database

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Database

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Storage & Content Delivery

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Storage & Content Delivery

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Compute

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Compute

Jess Panni

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform

AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform

Jess Panni

What makes a successful FinTech start-up?

What makes a successful FinTech start-up?

Matthew Adams

In this post we discuss the characteristics of a great FinTech startup, and the importance of the API Economy to innovation in Financial Services.
Why is blockchain revolutionising Financial Services?

Why is blockchain revolutionising Financial Services?

Matthew Adams

There is a lot of hype about the blockchain - usually wrapped up with talk about Bitcoin and crypto-currencies. In this article, we look at its impact on trust, and auditability in financial services, and why it may (or may not) be appropriate for your solutions.
Regulatory Compliance and Cloud Adoption

Regulatory Compliance and Cloud Adoption

Matthew Adams

In this post we review the FCA's guidelines for the adoption of cloud services by FinTech businesses, and help you to understand their impact across the value chain.
FinTech Week and the Microsoft Cloud

FinTech Week and the Microsoft Cloud

Matthew Adams

Chaos with a rhythm - controlling innovation

Chaos with a rhythm - controlling innovation

Matthew Adams

Running a start-up or bootstrapping a new product within an established business can feel pretty chaotic. We talk about strategies for managing the time of a team, and ensuring that you become predictable.
Stop coding, start developing your product

Stop coding, start developing your product

Matthew Adams

Technologists often get hung up on technology and forget about the customer (and the business!) We talk about a real-world example and some practical advice for getting your idea business-focused.
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 10, Organizational Structures

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 10, Organizational Structures

Matthew Adams

In the early days of a start up, the organizational structure is defined rather loosely, and typically by function. The technical founder has her domain, the sales & marketing founder his, and they work closely together to achieve their initial goals. As an organization grows, it is not possible to maintain that level of detailed personal control. How does a growing business structure itself for innovation? Or a larger organization pivot and allow an innovation culture to develop?
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 9, Iteration

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 9, Iteration

Matthew Adams

We've put our MVP out into the market, and we can start refining the information we have about our product, its fit to the market, and the real drivers and buying behaviours of our clients. How do we iteratively improve the offering, and deliver more value?
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 8, Validation

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 8, Validation

Matthew Adams

In this article, we look at how we're going to tidy up our assumptions list, conduct some more low-cost experiments to satisfy ourselves we know exactly what we're getting into, then take the leap and build something that satisfies some core part of the value proposition, and persuade some customers to buy it.
10 ways to get hired by an amazing start up

10 ways to get hired by an amazing start up

Matthew Adams

Do you really want to be a founder? Or do you want to get some start-up experience on the inside, but at lower risk. We look at what it means to be involved in start-up and how to get hired as employee #1 (or #2, or #3)
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 7, Business model design

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 7, Business model design

Matthew Adams

Business model design is all about sharing the value from the product. How do we ensure all the stakeholders get what they need out of it?
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 6, Follow on markets

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 6, Follow on markets

Matthew Adams

Although you do not want to lose focus on the beachhead market, it is always good to consider the TAM for follow-on markets. If we do this thing, where might we take it next?
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 5, Getting to paying customers

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 5, Getting to paying customers

Matthew Adams

Ultimately (however long you can put it off for by taking investment), you don't have a business if people aren't paying you more money than it costs to develop, acquire the customer, deliver it to them, and support them for their whole lifetime with the product. We look at how you can get to paying customers.
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 4, Competitive Positioning

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 4, Competitive Positioning

Matthew Adams

What does "competitive positioning" actually mean? Are your competitors all solving the same problems as you, or are they the people competing for the same kind of attention, or pool of resources? We take a look at the challenges of "competition".
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 3, Understanding the Beachhead Market

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development – Part 3, Understanding the Beachhead Market

Matthew Adams

Having got a very rough sketch of our product and its fit to the beachhead market, we now want to focus right in on that market, and better understand the size of the market, the customers, and our proposition to them. In this article we are going to explore techniques we can use to define our value proposition for the beachhead market.
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development - Part 2, Inception

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development - Part 2, Inception

Matthew Adams

The article is all about the very start of new product development: determining whether there is a market, and how the offering will fit that market's needs. We're trying to get a very quick, but comprehensive sketch of the whole product, and the market it is intended to address.
Hedy, Not Peck

Hedy, Not Peck

Matthew Adams

Evolving a proposition or product by increasing the fidelity is a better approach than incrementing feature by feature.
Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development - Part 1, Principles

Step-by-step guide to bootstrapping your new product development - Part 1, Principles

Matthew Adams

This is the start of a series on bootstrapping your new product development. We explore principles and tools that can be used in any environment, through the whole product lifecycle from inception to end-of-life.
A step-by-step guide to technology startups, valuation and the VC market

A step-by-step guide to technology startups, valuation and the VC market

Matthew Adams

In this article we look at how technology startups are valued, how investors calculate their return, how you can position your business in that landscape, and whether you should!

Evidence-based Decision Making: Adding validation to your value chain

Matthew Adams

It's more than just merchandise: Developing a visual language

It's more than just merchandise: Developing a visual language

Paul Waller

Laying the foundations to build a brand doesn't happen overnight. At endjin it taken many years to develop our brand look and tone of voice. In this post we talk about developing our visual language so that we can maintain a consistent look and feel across all our collateral.

Metrics & Reporting in Strategy Development

Matthew Adams

Phased Thinking: Tactics for strategy

Phased Thinking: Tactics for strategy

Matthew Adams

Live by the sword: A practical approach to our own digital strategy

Live by the sword: A practical approach to our own digital strategy

Paul Waller

7 years ago, feels like a lifetime - for you eldest it is - but this was when endjin took the first steps in refreshing our website promoting our cloud expertise and mobile first responsive design. In this post we talk about our strategic, creative, prototyping and production processes to deliver our website and enforce our brand.

Thinking About Strategy & Tactics: Some Practical Tips

Matthew Adams