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Microsoft Fabric: A New Beginning for Data & Analytics

Microsoft Fabric: A New Beginning for Data & Analytics

Data is one of the most powerful and important resources in the modern world. Being able to take advantage of your organisation’s data in new and innovative ways will allow you to truly take your organisation to the next level, and ensure that you can fully use your data to make sure you make important decisions with the information you need.

Microsoft Fabric is Microsoft’s new all-in-one data analytics platform that will help you take your business’ data analysis power to the stratosphere, using parts of the best tools within Microsoft’s arsenal of data tools in a new integrated environment.

In this article, we’re going to go over the ins and outs of Microsoft Fabric as well as how you can use it within your organisation to maximise the power of your data. We’ll also let you know how to start with Microsoft Fabric today.

What is Microsoft Fabric?

Microsoft Fabric is Microsoft’s answer to the future of data analysis. Bringing together the best of Microsoft’s data analysis tools, Fabric is an all-in-one data solution fully tailored to your needs.

With its unified data lake solution, you can seamlessly use data between those tools and access all your data tools in one sales-as-a-service (SaaS) style foundation. The tools within Microsoft Fabric include:

- Data Factory: Azure Data Factory lets you use connectors to connect to data sources on-premise and in the cloud.

- Synapse Data Engineering: Data Engineering is a Spark platform that lets data engineers perform large-scale data transformation and democratisation through the lakehouse.

- Synapse Data Warehousing: Data Warehousing provides SQL performance and scale, letting you independently scale both computing power and storage independently.

- Synapse Data Science: Data Science lets you build and deploy machine learning models within Fabric, meaning that you can easily enrich your data analysis to find new predictions.

- Synapse Real-Time Analytics: Real-Time Analytics gives you access to observational data collected throughout your data in real-time.

- Power BI: Power BI is a highly popular business intelligence platform that works perfectly with Fabric, making using Power BI with other Fabric tools simple.

Fabric lets your organisation turn large data repositories into a powerful tool to enable you to use that data to your advantage, making them into actionable workloads and analytics.

Microsoft Fabric Business Benefits & Use Cases

Microsoft Fabric is a tool that brings together multiple different data analysis and management tools to get the most out of your data.

Here are some of the key advantages of using it —

- Access to an extensive range of deeply integrated analytics in the industry: Microsoft Fabric lets you use your large amounts of data in a new fashion, integrating it to be able to be used by all of these different tools, letting you use a wide range of analytics.

- Shared experiences that are familiar and easy to learn: All of the tools within Microsoft Fabric are existing tools, that have been brought together — meaning they are both familiar and much easier to learn for those who aren’t familiar.

- Easy access: Due to the unified nature of Microsoft Fabric, you can easily access all of these tools from one portal and use them together, meaning that it’s easier than ever to take advantage of all of these tools.

- Unified Data Lake: You can use the same data lake for all of these tools, making it easier to maintain and manage how your data is stored.

- Centralised management and governance: The SaaS-focused nature of Microsoft Fabric means that it’s a unified platform to manage, making the whole process way simpler than having to manage and govern multiple separate tools.

Knowing the benefits of Microsoft Fabric is one thing, but how can it be utilised within your business? Here are a few different ways —

- AI-powered analytics: With so many organisations focused on using AI and machine learning to truly take advantage of their data, using Microsoft Fabric’s AI and real-time analytical capabilities will let you use AI-fuelled processes to give you data insights and analysis like never before.

- Data Warehousing: You can use Microsoft Fabric to efficiently and effectively build a data warehouse, letting you organise your data much more easily and efficiently

- Governance and Security: Microsoft Fabric is built to use other Microsoft products, meaning that it’s a great option to tighten your organisation’s security — with OneLake being incredibly secure due to it being a unified management layer.

How To Get Started

There are a few things to do to ensure that you are ready to get started with Microsoft Fabric —

- Read and review the documentation: Being familiar with the documentation for Microsoft Fabric will ensure that you have everything you need to be knowledgeable when beginning to use Microsoft Fabric.

- Familiarise yourself with the UI: Making sure that you know how to use Fabric before starting to integrate it into your systems will mean that you can hit the ground running in using it. You can use the trial system that Microsoft provides to use the application before committing to it to ensure that you know how it works before taking the next step.

- Reach out for support: Especially if you’re unsure of where to begin, reaching out to a trusted partner to ensure that you’re doing everything correctly will allow you to rest assured that everything is covered and you don’t need to worry about the ins and outs of Microsoft Fabric.

How We Can Help

Microsoft Fabric is Microsoft’s combined platform to let you truly take your data to the next level. By using it, you give yourself access to a wealthy suite of tools that will help you analyse your data with actionable insights — with full integration together.

If you’re looking to get started with Microsoft Fabric but don’t know where to start, reach out to our experts today. We’ll be able to help and make sure that you have everything you need to get started with Microsoft Fabric and anything else your organisation requires.

Get in touch with us now and see how we can help.

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