Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A day of data and AI

O’Reilly Radar presents a day of data and AI that will showcase what’s new, what’s important, and what’s coming in the field. It’s free and open to the public.

The event is happening October 14 and again on October 21.  It's free, but registration is required.

RSVP here for October 14, 7:00am–10:30am PT / 10:00am–1:30pm ET

RSVP here for October 21, 8:30am–12:00pm IST / 2:00pm–5:30pm AET


Thursday, August 26, 2021

Sep '21 Technical Events

Virtual User Group Meetings


Virtual Conferences


Monday, August 2, 2021

AI Articles is a well known web site for knowledge sharing on all things SQL Server related, as well as other DB technologies.  It’s a community driven web site that publishes a daily newsletter with articles from their contributors, as well as contributors on other web sites.  Since data is the basis for machine learning and AI, the newsletter also started to cover various AI related topics.  Listed below are a few articles from July 31st newsletter.


AI/Machine Learning/Cognitive Services


ML{.NET} Introduction

Machine Learning (ML) has come from a buzzword that is nice to have in your application to a must-have feature that works and adds value. Data scientists develop ML models in various ML Frameworks like TensorFlow, Scikit-learn, PyTorch, Azure ML, etc. Before ML.NET became available to all developers, adding the ML functionality to .NET applications required knowledge in some ML frameworks to build and train ML models.


AI in real-life: A Q&A with Gavin Day

From AllAnalytics

In this Q&A with MIT/SMR Connections, Gavin Day, Senior Vice President of Technology at SAS, shares real-life examples of artificial intelligence (AI) at work, discusses picking the right problems...


Detecting Financial Fraud with Machine Learning

From BlueGranite Blog

According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers reported losing more than $3.3 billion to fraud in 2020, an increase of $1.5 billion since 2019. Contributing to this uptick in...


Rise of the Cyborgs: Using AI/ML to Enhance Human Intelligence (Part 1)

From Dataversity

Click to learn more about author Assaf Egozi. Modern organizations house a growing number of “citizen data analysts.” These individuals hold a wide range of positions in the enterprise, from...


An overview of Azure Cognitive Services

From SQLShack

Microsoft Azure has been a leading cloud service provider over the past few years. In this article, we are going to look into an overview of various cognitive services...


Sean Gallagher and an AI expert talk about our crazy machine-learning adventure

From Ars Technica

Join our headline experiment post-mortem today, July 28, at 1 pm Eastern time!



Saturday, July 31, 2021

Custom Lingual Adaptation (Preview)

“Custom Neural Voices” is a part of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services suite of technologies.  It allows users to develop highly realistic, humanlike voices by using Microsoft's groundbreaking neural text-to-speech technology. A user will simply record audio samples and then upload training data. Once the voice is created, it can be used in applications for Text-to-Speech or Voice Assistant.


In addition, once the voice is created, it can be used to speak fluently in 13 other languages:

  1. German (Germany)
  2. English (Australia)
  3. English (Canada)
  4. English (Canada)
  5. Spanish (Spain)
  6. Spanish (Mexico)
  7. French (Canada)
  8. French (France)
  9. Italian (Italy)
  10. Japanese (Japan)
  11. Korean (Korea)
  12. Portuguese (Brazil)
  13. Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)


This will provide developers the ability to give their application a voice and persona that can be applied to 13 different languages/dialects.  Global companies such as  BBC, Swisscom,  AT&T and Duolingo have built realistic voices that resonate with their brands.


To learn more about custom voices, as well as getting started tutorials, visit


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Aug '21 Technical Events

Virtual User Group Meetings


Virtual Conferences


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

May Virtual Tech Events

Virtual User Group Meetings


Virtual Conferences


Friday, April 9, 2021

5 Reasons to Attend the Global AI Night 2021

The Global AI Night is a an online community event organized across the world by local communities that are passionate about artificial intelligence on Microsoft Azure.  For one night, you will get to join various speakers as they share their experience with AI features in Azure.  The event is free of charge, virtual, and open to all. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th  4-9 PM EST.  Not sure if you should register?  Here are the top 5 reasons why you should!


  1. Interact with AI experts actively working in the field

The event will speakers from around the US and the world.  These are professionals actively working in the AI field.  Not only will they share their experience, but you can interact with them directly during the session.  Despite the online presentation, speakers and organizers strive to make it as much of a roundtable discussion as much as possible.  This means you can ask questions at any time, either verbally or via the chat window.  In addition, their contact information will be made available for additional questions.


  1. Expand your skillset

Working in IT, one always has to keep up with modern technology.  Not keeping up means falling behind in your career.  Attending free events, such as the Global AI Night is a great way to learn, without travel or additional expenses.


  1. Explore new ways how AI can be used in your organization.  Be a pioneer

Not using AI in your workplace?  This doesn’t mean your organization can’t benefit from AI.  Learning to use AI can help you identify applications that can benefit your end customer by integrating various AI features.  Learn AI and learn to be a pioneer among your peers by bringing added features to your applications.


  1. Discover free learning resources

With each session, every speaker will present links where you can find more information and helpful tutorials.


  1. Learn what to do, what not to do, and Gotcha’s

Each speaker will present a session and a walk-thru of creating working demos.  In addition, they will also discuss their own learning experiences, problems encountered.  They will show what to do and what not to do.  Speakers will also cover the hidden gotchas and issues they encountered so you can avoid them.



For more info on the Global AI Night 2021, please visit


To RSVP, visit  


Looking forward to seeing you online on April 20th.


Azure Health Bot

Bots have been available to developers and consumers alike for many years.  They have been used in many facets of everyday life that many times we don’t even realize.  The intelligence behind these has continued to become more sophisticated and specialized for specific business sectors.  In addition, Microsoft has made the bot development experience very easy and straightforward for developers. 


Continuing in the path of specialization and ease of creation, Microsoft has a developed a Health Bot, with strict focus on health care.  It’s backed by a pre-trained Machine Learning model with focus on the healthcare terminology.  This empowers developers to quickly build and deploy AI-powered conversational bots.  In addition, the bot service follows industry compliance requirements and HIPAA standards.  These bots can be used in any healthcare related environment to assess a potential sickness of a patient, inquire about certain medications/supplements for a specific scenario, etc.  The bot can also be combined with the Text to Speech service to provide a more human-like interaction with users.

To get started, follow the Step by step guide to creating your first health bot.

For more information, please visit the following links:


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Global AI Night 2021

The Global AI Night is a an online community event organized across the world by local communities that are passionate about artificial intelligence on Microsoft Azure.  For one night, you will get to join various speakers as they share their experience with AI features in Azure.  The event is free of charge, virtual, and open to all. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20th 4PM-9 PM EST and it will be virtual.


To learn more about this event, please visit


If you’re interested in sharing your AI story, feel free to submit your presentation at


Join us for a night of AI and expand your skill set.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

Free Microsoft Certification Courses!
 is hosting four free events in March and April! Each Saturday will prepare you to pass a new Microsoft fundamentals certification exam!


Free Live Courses


Microsoft Azure

March 20th │ $250 Free


Power Platform

April 3rd │ $250 Free



Security Compliance & Identity

April 10th │ $250 Free


Microsoft 365

April 17th │ $250 Free



Meet the Instructors




Dwayne Natwick

Cloud Training Architect Lead

Dwayne Natwick is a lifelong learner and teacher. Dwayne delivers live training, creates curriculum, writes blogs and more! He is an expert in Azure and cloud computing.

Dwayne has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, holding multiple positions and certifications.



Brian Nielson

Senior Cloud Training Architect

Brian has 26 years of professional IT experience. He has exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, and Open Source software. As a consultant he is used to solving highly visible and complex problems.

Brian is well-versed in current technological trends and familiar with a variety of business concepts. He can meet ever-changing technology needs with innovative and up-to-date solutions.