Book Review – IoT Solutions in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite (Apress)

IoTBook

  • Full Title: IoT Solutions in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite: Data Acquisition and Analysis in the Real World
  • Author: Scott Klein
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st edition (April 22, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484221427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484221426

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding every day with newly connected devices continually coming on line. Processes that benefit from having mini-computers attached to them are being discovered all the time as more data is being generated. Storing, analyzing, and reporting on this data is what Microsoft’s cloud-based system (the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite) has been constructed to do.

In IoT Solutions in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite, author Scott Klein documents the rise of IoT, how to work with several existing sensors we can use to generate telemetry data, and then spends the rest of the book showing the reader how to get usage data into the cloud. With Azure IoT Hub as a messenger between IoT devices and IoT solutions, Klein builds a complete end-to-end pipeline to ingest, analyse, store, and present data.

For each step of the sample project, Klein presents background on an Azure resource and the reasoning behind why using it is ideal for an IoT solution. This is followed by a detailed chapter on how to use the Azure tool in your own application. Along with the IoT Hub, Klein shows us Azure Stream Analytics to process and transform the collected data, Azure Data Factory to move the data into an Azure Data Lake, and PowerBI for reporting on the aggregated results. There are also chapters on Azure Machine Learning and Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s big data solution in the cloud.

I enjoyed this book and it gave me insight into how Azure can become a full solution for an IoT project. One drawback of the book though is the screenshots that accompany the text. Photos of devices and many of the screenshots appear dark. They also seem poorly cropped so that one has to look to find what the author is referring to. Callouts within the photos might have helped. As well, some screenshots of the Azure Portal use the Dark Theme and they are harder to view when compared to the ones that use the Light Theme.

This first book on Azure IoT Suite is a great resource and one of many that are sure to appear over the next while as the field of IoT and Azure grow. I know I will refer to it as a resource for my Azure IoT work and as a refresher on the other Azure resources Klein highlights in the book.

Disclaimer: In the interest of full disclosure, Apress provided a copy of this book in exchange for a review. However, Apress had no editorial control over the writing of this blog post and did not instruct me on what I could or could not say in my review. All opinions given are my own.

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About Ken Cenerelli
I am a technical writer/programmer writer/content developer, .NET developer, Microsoft MVP, public speaker, blogger, and Microsoft Azure nerd. I blog about technology at kencenerelli.wordpress.com and am on Twitter via @KenCenerelli.

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