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Introducing Microsoft Fabric for AI-driven Analytics

by Spanish Point - Jul 25, 2023
Introducing Microsoft Fabric for AI-driven Analytics

Today’s world is characterised by an abundance of data, constantly flowing from the devices we use, the applications we build, and our interactions. Year after year, the amount of collected data continues to grow at remarkable rates. As we enter an era defined by AI, the importance of this data becomes even more significant.

The advent of generative AI and language model services, exemplified by Azure OpenAI Service, empowers customers to leverage and construct everyday AI experiences that revolutionise how employees allocate their time. However, effectively harnessing value from this data has proven to be a challenge for many. Siloed data leads to synchronisation issues, inconsistent data incurs high integration costs, and poor data quality hampers the performance of AI models. Outdated reports can also lead to misinterpreted insights. All of these factors impede the ability to fully unlock the value of data, stifling innovation, and AI experiences.

Microsoft’s Fabric platform launched in May to address “every aspect of an organisation’s analytics needs,” but this claim may pose a challenge for organisations already relying on various vendors, technologies, and architectures to meet different business needs and serve diverse user populations.

What is Microsoft Fabric?

Microsoft Fabric is a comprehensive and cohesive analytics platform designed to address all organisations’ data and analytics requirements. It serves as an end-to-end solution that consolidates various data and analytics tools into a unified product. By seamlessly integrating technologies like Azure Data Factory, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Power BI, Fabric empowers both data and business professionals to leverage the full potential of their data and establish a solid foundation for the AI-driven era.

The platform comprises the following key components:

  • Data Factory: With Data Factory in Fabric, organisations can unify their hybrid and multicloud data estates, enabling them to extract value through a data integration experience that combines the user-friendly features of Microsoft Power Query with the scalability and power of Data Factory.
  • Synapse Data Engineering: The next generation of Synapse data engineering within Fabric empowers data engineers with a top-notch Spark platform, offering exceptional authoring experiences to efficiently transform data at scale and democratise data through the concept of a lakehouse while promoting effective collaboration.
  • Synapse Data Warehouse: Synapse Data Warehouse delivers industry-leading SQL performance and scalability. It allows data engineering, data warehousing professionals, and BI analysts to operate on a unified open format, enabling a single source of truth for all stakeholders.
  • Synapse Data Science: Data scientists can work seamlessly alongside their data engineering and BI counterparts, leveraging Fabric’s capabilities to build sophisticated AI models rapidly and at scale.
  • Synapse Real-Time Analytics: Fabric’s Synapse Real-Time Analytics empowers organisations to explore and analyse data in real time, even when dealing with large volumes of streaming data from applications, websites, IoT devices, and more, ensuring high performance and low latency.
  • Data Activator: The Data Activator component within Fabric enables users to create a detection system that monitors analytics and triggers timely human and automated actions across the organisation.
  • OneLake: OneLake serves as the “OneDrive for data” within Fabric, providing a comprehensive and feature-rich enterprise-wide data lake offered as a SaaS service. OneLake is fundamental to Fabric’s lake-centric approach, enabling efficient data management and utilisation.

What benefits does Microsoft Fabric bring?

OneLake and Lakehouse

Microsoft Fabric includes OneLake, a software-as-a-service (SaaS), multi-cloud data lake that is automatically available to every Fabric tenant. OneLake eliminates data silos by providing a unified storage system for developers, facilitating data discovery, sharing, governance, and compliance. It adopts open data formats, such as Delta and Parquet, for all workloads, enabling a unified data stack without the need for maintaining separate copies of data.

Streamlined Data Integration

Microsoft Fabric brings together disparate data sources and simplifies the data integration process. By consolidating various technologies into a unified product, Fabric eliminates the complexity of managing multiple tools. This streamlined approach allows organisations to focus on deriving value from their data instead of dealing with integration challenges.


OneLake introduces the capability of “Shortcuts,” which enables the virtualisation of data lake storage across different cloud providers like ADLSg2, Amazon S3, and Google Storage (coming soon). This allows developers to compose and analyse data seamlessly across multiple clouds.

Unified Experience

Fabric delivers a SaaS experience that is automatically integrated and optimised. Users can quickly sign up and start gaining business value within minutes. Fabric caters to the specific needs of different teams involved in the analytics process, including data engineers, data warehousing professionals, data scientists, data analysts, and business users, providing role-specific experiences to enhance productivity and usability.

Empowering Every Business User

Microsoft Fabric is designed to empower every business user by deeply integrating with the Microsoft 365 applications commonly used on a daily basis. With Fabric, Power BI becomes a fundamental component seamlessly integrated across the Microsoft 365 suite. This integration enables users to transform their Microsoft 365 apps into hubs for discovering and applying valuable insights. Additionally, Power BI is natively integrated with SharePoint, facilitating easy sharing and dissemination of insights among teams. Furthermore, the preview feature of Microsoft Graph Data Connect allows for the native integration of Microsoft 365 data into OneLake. This empowers customers to unlock insights related to customer relationships, business processes, security and compliance, and people productivity.

Reducing Costs Through Unified Capacities

Traditionally, analytics systems involve the combination of products from multiple vendors within a single project, leading to complexity and increased costs. However, Microsoft Fabric simplifies the purchasing and management of resources by offering a unified solution. Customers can now acquire a single pool of computing resources that powers all Fabric workloads. This unified computing capacity significantly reduces costs by eliminating the need to manage separate resources for each individual workload. Fabric offers a more cost-effective approach to analytics systems by streamlining resource management.

With its comprehensive capabilities, seamless integration, and user-centric approach, Microsoft Fabric offers organisations the opportunity to overcome data challenges, unlock the full potential of their data, and drive innovation in the AI-driven era. It brings cohesion, efficiency, and value to analytics processes, enabling organisations to make data-driven decisions and propel their success in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Contact Spanish Point today and discover how Microsoft Fabric can revolutionise your organisation’s data and analytics processes.