Month: May 2015

Azure Data Factory Updates: Monitoring and Management Enhancements

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This is very helpful when customers have a pipeline with more than 1 activity and want to see the operational lineage for just that single pipeline.

Customers can now determine why their slices are stuck in ‘Pending Execution’ state. We have enabled a new feature that allows customers to determine the upstream dependencies due to which the current slice is not ‘Ready’ and still in ‘Pending Execution’ state.

This is very useful for customers who are monitoring the last produced dataset in their Azure Data Factory workflow and are continuously seeing the slices in ‘Pending Execution’ state.


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Azure solution for Education vertical !!

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Free 5 steps to use the Google Analytics URL Builder to measure the success of your online marketing campaigns

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Campaign tracking is very important in understanding your online marketing efforts. It tells you if you’re using the right message or channel, if you’re spending too much or too little and so on.

There are many ways of tracking an online campaign but the most popular practice is through the tagging of URLs. Google AdWords automatically tags campaign URLs so the advertiser doesn’t need to do anything. When you link your Google AdWords account to your Google Analytics account, Google Analytics will automatically track all of your AdWords campaigns. It’s no sweat. All you need to do is wait for the data. However, for your other campaigns, you need a tool like the URL Builder to manually tag your URLs for Analytics. The URL Builder adds a special tracking or UTM code at the end of your URL so Google Analytics can track its performance.


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Visual Studio Application Insights was ready for Public Preview.

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As part of Application Insights’ Public Preview we are launching a new cloud-friendly pricing model that is based on data volume per application and designed to offer great value for all development teams. Pricing goes into effect June 1, 2015, and will be at a 50% discount while in Public Preview.


The types of data points which will count towards your quota are:

  1. Requests: any request received by the managed application or sent via the TrackRequest API
  2. Exceptions: each collected unhandled exception/crash or sent via the TrackException API
  3. Dependencies: each call to a remote dependency from the managed application
  4. Page views: each page loaded from your website, in your mobile application or sent via the TrackPage API
  5. Performance counters: each instance of performance data collected either the default counters collected by Status Monitor or as user-specified counters
  6. Custom events: each event sent via the TrackEvent API
  7. Custom metrics: each metric sent via the TrackMetric API
  8. Trace logs: each trace entry from the logging adaptors or the TrackTrace API

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OneNote welcomes three new partners—cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress

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OneNote partner ecosystem and a new service for developers to connect their products to OneNote via an API.The power of OneNote to a range of apps, devices and services, such as hardware and software scanners, mail apps, web clippers, news readers and tools.


cloudHQ offers a cloud app integration for anyone that’s looking for an easy collaboration solution, and wants to keep everything safely backed up. Scenarios include an automatic sync of your OneNote notebook with a folder in Dropbox, or an account in Salesforce; either of which will let you view and edit your information, in real-time, with nothing to download.

The Equil

The Equil Smartpen 2 and Smartmarker from Luidia are solutions to connect the physical surfaces of notepads and whiteboards to digital notebooks like OneNote.


WordPress is the world’s largest blogging and publishing platform. How great would it be if you could connect OneNote to WordPress to transform ideas and information into meaningful blog

OneNote welcomes three new partners cloudHQ, Equil and WordPress 1

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Building applications with the Office 365 APIs on any platform

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Building Office and SharePoint Add-ins and Web Apps using the Office 365 APIs Microsoft released SDKs and code samples for the most popular platforms. Those SDKs help you complete the authorization flow with Azure AD and simplify interacting with the different Office 365 APIs.

Office 365 APIs are all REST APIs and while not all of them are fully ODATA-compliant yet, there are very few intricacies and you should be able to get the data that you need without too much effort.


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Integration of Dynamics CRM Online with Office 365.

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Use the new CRM App for Outlook to track incoming email and view contextual Dynamics CRM information about the people sending you email, including sales activities, cases and opportunities. This add-in also makes it easy for users to create new CRM records directly from Outlook.

CRM and Office 365 platforms work together to provide sales professionals the Office tools they already prefer: Excel, Outlook, OneNote, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Skype, Word and Yammer.


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