Data Analytics Meetup - Azure Databricks




Microsoft Azure Data Lake is the perfect utility player and is often a linchpin in a modern data architecture. It plays nicely with Databricks, streaming data, objects, files, and other data stores in the Azure ecosystem. We'll dive into use cases, underlying architecture, integration, and what's new with Generation 2 of Azure Data Lake Store.

Journey through the Azure Databricks landscape and learn how it differs from other managed Big Data compute offerings in our August Data Analytics Meetup. This event will discuss ways that you, as an IT professional, can leverage Microsoft Data Lake in your own IT environment to accelerate analytic insight.


5:30pm - 6:00pm: Networking & Refreshments 
6:00pm - 6:45pm: Leveraging Image Recognition Capabilities using Deep Learning on Azure Databricks with Live Demo by Ahmed Sherif
6:45pm - 7:30pm: Azure Data Lake and Its Place in the Modern Data Estate by Audrey Hammonds
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Q&A and Prize Raffle 


Ahmed Sherif
Data Scientist, Microsoft 

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Ahmed Sherif is a passionate Data Scientist, Big Data Architect, and Author. He helps architect machine learning and AI solutions to existing Big Data landscapes. He has programming knowledge in Python, R and SQL, which he uses in conjunction with Spark and MongoDB to deliver Big Data solutions. Additionally, he has developed Big Data solutions on cloud platforms for Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. He has additional programming knowledge in JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and D3.js to deploy web-based visualizations. In 2016, Ahmed published his first book, 'Practical Business Intelligence'. It is a journey in developing BI solutions with open source software to help companies gain a competitive advantage. In 2018, Ahmed published his second book, 'Apache Spark Deep Learning Cookbook'. It is a book with easy to follow recipes to help you get started with Deep Learning on Spark. Ahmed often blogs about topics that he is passionate about at

Audrey Hammonds 

Data Platform Specialist, Microsoft 

Ashley HammondsAudrey Hammonds is a Data Platform specialist at Microsoft. She has been a data professional for 21 years with 19 of those focused on the Microsoft Data Platform. She has worked in various industries including finance, healthcare, logistics, government, and insurance. Prior to joining Microsoft, Audrey worked as a consultant for Innovative Architects where she helped her clients successfully implement data solutions ranging from data warehouses, data governance & master data management platforms, data visualization with Power BI to various data integration, performance, and cloud migration projects.