Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, the next evolution of Azure SQL Data Warehouse



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Azure Synapse is a limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics. It gives you the freedom to query data on your terms, using either serverless on-demand or provisioned resources—at scale.

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Azure Synapse Analytics Features


Azure Synapse brings data warehousing and Big Data analytics together with a unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs.

Limitless Scale


Azure Synapse delivers insights from all your data, across data warehouses and big data analytics systems, with blazing speed. With Azure Synapse, data professionals can query both relational and non-relational data at petabyte-scale using the familiar SQL language. For mission-critical workloads, they can easily optimize the performance of all queries with intelligent workload management, workload isolation, and limitless concurrency.

Powerful Insights


With Azure Synapse, enabling BI and machine learning is a breeze. It is deeply integrated with Power BI and Azure Machine Learning to greatly expand discovery of insights from all your data and apply machine learning models to all your intelligent apps. Significantly reduce project development time for BI and machine learning projects with a limitless analytics service that enables you to seamlessly apply intelligence over all your most important data—from Dynamics 365, Office 365 to SaaS services that support Open Data Initiative—and easily share data with just a few clicks.

Unified Experience


Build end-to-end analytics solutions with a unified experience. The Azure Synapse studio provides a unified workspace for data prep, data management, data warehousing, big data, and AI tasks. Data engineers can use a code-free visual environment for managing data pipelines. Database administrators can automate query optimization. Data scientists can build proofs of concept in minutes. Business analysts can securely access datasets and use Power BI to build dashboards in minutes—all while using the same analytics service.

Instant Clarity


Bring immediate, in-the-moment insights to your business with a simple, low cost, cloud-native HTAP implementation using Azure Synapse Link. With a single click, you can remove the barriers between Azure databases and Azure Synapse to get insights from your live operational data stores in near-real time. No complex ETL pipelines or additional database compute resources are required and you can run your analytics workloads on live data through Azure Synapse, without affecting your operational systems. Business analysts, data engineers, and data scientists can now use Azure Synapse to run near real-time business intelligence, analytics, and machine learning pipelines without impacting the performance of their transactional workloads on Azure Cosmos DB.

Unmatched Security


Azure has the most advanced security and privacy features in the market. These features are built into the fabric of Azure Synapse, such as automated threat detection and always-on data encryption. And for fine-grained access control businesses can help ensure data stays safe and private using column-level security and native row-level security, as well as dynamic data masking to automatically protect sensitive data in real time.

Key Capabilities

Enterprise Data Warehousing

Build your data warehouse on the proven foundation of the industry’s top-performing SQL engine.

Deeply Integrated Apache Spark and SQL Engines

Enhance collaboration among data professionals working on advanced analytics solutions. Easily use T-SQL queries on both your data warehouse and embedded Spark engine

Data Lake Exploration

Bring together relational and non-relational data, and easily query files in the data lake with the same service you use to build data warehousing solutions.

Streaming Ingestion & Analytics

Perform real-time analytics on streaming data directly in your data warehouse.

Choice of Language

Use your preferred language, including T-SQL, Python, Scala, Spark SQL, and .Net—whether you use serverless or provisioned compute resources.

Integrated AI and BI

Complete your end-to-end analytics solution with deep integration of Azure Machine Learning and Power BI.

Code-Free Data Orchestration

Build ETL/ELT processes in a code-free visual environment to easily ingest data from more than 85 native connectors.

Industry-Leading Management and Security

Use built-in features to ensure your data and processes are seen by only those with authorized access.

Microsoft Power BI

Driving a Data Culture


Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Monitor your business and get answers quickly with rich dashboards available on every device.


Get self-service analytics at enterprise scale

Reduce the added cost, complexity, and security risks of multiple solutions with an analytics platform that scales from individuals to the organization as a whole.


Use smart tools for strong results


Find and share meaningful insights with hundreds of data visualizations, built-in AI capabilities, tight Excel integration, and prebuilt and custom data connectors



Help protect your analytics data


Gain leading sensitivity classification and data loss prevention capabilities to help keep your data secure and compliant—even when it’s exported.


Why Power BI?

Trust an Industry Leader


Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader for the thirteenth consecutive year in the Gartner 2020 Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligent Platforms.

Unify Self-Service and Enterprise Analytics

Meet both your self-service and enterprise data analytics needs on a single platform. Access powerful semantic models, an application lifecycle management (ALM) toolkit, an open connectivity framework, and fixed-layout, pixel-perfect paginated reports.

Accelerate Big Data Prep with Azure

Simplify how you analyze and share large volumes of data. By using a no-limits Azure data lake, you’ll reduce the time it takes to get insights and increase collaboration between business analysts, data engineers, and data scientists.

Find Answers Fast with Industry-Leading AI

Take advantage of the latest advances in Microsoft AI to help non-data scientists prepare data, build machine learning models, and find insights quickly from both structured and unstructured data, including text and images.

Improve Publishing Efficiency and Accuracy of BI Content

Quickly identify differences and move content from development and testing to production with confidence using the simple visual cues in deployment pipelines.

Get Unparalleled Excel Integration

Anyone who’s familiar with Office 365 can easily connect Excel queries, data models, and reports to Power BI Dashboards—helping to quickly gather, analyze, publish, and share Excel business data in new ways.

Turn Insights Into Action

Go from data to insights and insights to action with the Microsoft Power Platform—combining Power BI with Power Apps and Power Automate to easily build business applications and automate workflows.

Stream Analytics in Real Time

Know what’s happening now, not just in the past. From factory sensors to social media sources, get access to real-time analytics so you’re always ready to make timely decisions.

Solutions for Every Member of the Team

Data Engineers

Simplify the steps to wrangle multiple data types from multiple sources, including streaming, transactional, and business data. Use a code-free visual environment to easily connect to data sources and ingest, transform, and place data in the data lake.

Data Scientists

Build proofs of concept in minutes and easily create or adjust end-to-end solutions. Provision resources as needed or simply query existing resources on demand across massive amounts of data. Work with the language of your choice—T-SQL, R, Python, Scala, .Net, and Spark SQL.

IT Professionals

Protect and manage your organization’s data more efficiently. Enable big data processing with both on-demand and provisioned compute. Secure access to cloud and hybrid configurations through tight integration with Azure Active Directory. Enforce privacy requirements using data masking as well as row-level and column-level security.

Business Analysts

Securely access datasets and use Power BI to build dashboards available within Azure Synapse. Securely share data within and outside your organization through Azure Data Share.

Database Administrators

Match your expanding responsibilities for data warehouses and data lakes. Use familiar languages and tools, such as T-SQL. Run as many workloads as you want with ease. Assign resources to escalate critical workloads based on intelligent workload importance, workload isolation, and enhanced concurrency capabilities.


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Modern Analytics Require Modern Solutions

Readiness Assessment

Waypoint’s HealthCheck service is a highly adaptable service that spans the concerns of leadership through to internal clients, and assesses concerns of application development groups and infrastructure teams. A complete Waypoint HealthCheck would include an assessment, findings and recommendations. Our HealthCheck can help improve performance, functionality, fix errors and increase adoption.




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Roadmap

Enterprise Information Management Roadmaps create vision, establish goals and assign accountability. Waypoint senior consultants deliver Roadmaps using our proprietary methodology, Navigator, to define the organizational needs and projects to move from your current state to the desired future state. 


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WayPlan

WayPlan was developed to provide a transparent planning process and a better understanding of the full scope of the project to our clients. We provide a tailored plan that addresses your challenges, timeline and objectives as well as clearly defines your criteria for success. The goal is to eliminate costly pitfalls and risks that can delay or destroy projects.


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Implementation

 We employ vigorously trained and vetted consultants that practice under disciplined project management principles. Our data visualization experts leverage Microsoft tools and templates that result in highly intuitive user experiences.



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True Bearing

True Bearing project management includes analytics industry Experts, a proven Methodology, and Systems that provide insight and eliminate repetitive, wasteful resource tasks allowing the team to focus on actually resolving project issues. The difference is truly understanding where you are now relative to where you need to go.


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Support

Staffing network and infrastructure engineers, database administrators, Microsoft experts, as well as the capital expense associated with acquiring and maintaining hardware is a drain on your IT budget. Focus on Running Your Business, Not IT with Managed Services and Support.


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Insights for all at incredible value. Simply unmatched. Analytics in Azure is up to 14 times faster and costs 94 percent less than other cloud providers. Why go anywhere else?


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