TDSP, what is it really?

Microsoft in the News

I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but Microsoft has been chosen as the best when it comes to Operational Database Management Systems (ODBMS).  A couple days ago, Gartner, an American research and advisory company, released their findings on competitors in the ODBMS field.  In a graphic, here is what they concluded:

This wasn’t just a one-off accomplishment.  This is the third year in a row that Microsoft has been found to be the leader.

SQL Server was found to be the least vulnerable DBMS, and one of the most cost competitive for enterprise use.

The full report can be found here:




Whatever Data Science is, it is all the rage!  Geeks around the world are scrambling to include the words “Data Science” on their CV.  Ever since 2012 when the Harvard Business Review labeled Data Science as “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” the momentum has been gathering as fast as Data itself.

Microsoft has taken a broad view of Data Science and concluded that it is best approached as a team effort.  A sort of, “no data scientist is an island” view.  Everyone in IT is reliant on someone else.  The DBA needs the Statistician needs the Project Manager needs the Sys-Admin, etcetera.  If it is a collaborative effort, there needs to be work flow, structure, and a division of labor.

Many of the haystacks that you need to sort through to find the needle are enormous.  That means that you are either dealing with a large, multi-site system, or the cloud.  Microsoft’s Azure cloud system combines all the tools you need to manage your Data Science process.  However, because this is a rapidly evolving area of computer science the process to finding predictive or intelligent models is far from settled.  Microsoft would like to help by organizing the process for you.

Microsoft has taken on the role of Project Manager and created the Team Data Science Process (TDSP).  This is a process that can be used consistently to produce predictive analytics solutions as well as intelligent applications.  They have shown how to organize your team and collaborate over the lifecycle of product development.  Microsoft has codified the best practices used across many industries to help make your data science project a success.

In my next blog, I will take you on a tour of the TDSP process.

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