About The Author

Colby Ford

Dr. Colby Ford is the former Principal of Life Sciences at BlueGranite. He comes from a background in mathematics, data science, and computational biology, he combines this expertise to architect scalable solutions in the Azure cloud. Using R, Python, and Spark, he puts AI and bioinformatics to work to provide valuable insights from data. Outside of BlueGranite, Colby is an avid researcher in infectious diseases and human genomics. Check out Colby’s website at


Health & Life Sciences, Modern AI & ML

Using Azure CycleCloud and Batch for Scalable HPC Workloads

Public Sector, Digital Transformation, Modern Analytics

Microsoft AI: Look, Listen, Innovate! Hackfest - BlueGranite's Smart City Solution

Health & Life Sciences, Modern Data Platform, Modern Analytics

Query Millions of Genomic Variants At-Scale using Azure Synapse

Health & Life Sciences

Review: How 3 Life Science Organizations Harness the Power of the Cloud

Health & Life Sciences, Modern Data Platform

Introducing BlueGranite's Azure Data Factory Connector for Illumina BaseSpace

Machine Learning & AI, Modern Data Platform

Event Recap: Shape Your Future with Azure Data and Analytics

Health & Life Sciences, Power BI, Genomics

Reading Bioinformatics and Genomics Files in Power BI

Machine Learning & AI, Text Analytics, Data Science

A BlueGranite Blog Post Written (Mostly) by AI

Machine Learning & AI, Health & Life Sciences, Genomics

Give Your Genomics Pipeline a *Glow* Up in Azure Databricks

Machine Learning & AI, Health & Life Sciences

SIR Modeling on Azure: COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics

Machine Learning & AI, Health & Life Sciences

Let's Talk About COVID-19: Part I

Machine Learning & AI, Azure Databricks

Comparing Azure Machine Learning Service and Azure Databricks

Machine Learning & AI

Recap of rstudio::conf(2020) for Data Science and Machine Learning

All, Health & Life Sciences, Azure Databricks, Genomics

Scaling your Genomics Pipeline in the Cloud with Azure Databricks

Machine Learning & AI, Azure Databricks

Migrating & Scaling Machine Learning Models to Azure Databricks for Cloud-Powered AI

Azure Databricks, Genomics

Introducing the Databricks Unified Analytics Platform for Genomics

Machine Learning & AI, Azure Databricks

Recap: Spark+AI Summit 2018

Machine Learning & AI, Cognitive Services

Cognitive Services Showcase:  API Search Tools

Machine Learning & AI, Azure Databricks

Let Azure do the Heavy Lifting on Your AI Workload

Machine Learning & AI, Data Science

Recap of rstudio::conf(2018)

Azure Databricks

Microsoft Azure & Databricks = Cloud-Scale Spark Power

Machine Learning & AI, Financial Services, Retail & Consumer Goods

Maximize Your Customer Retention by Predicting Customer Churn

Machine Learning & AI, Genomics

Become the Maestro of your Genomics Workflow with Bioconductor and Microsoft R Server

Machine Learning & AI, Manufacturing & Industrial

Publishing Predictive Web Services with Microsoft R Server

Data Visualization, Health & Life Sciences, Genomics

Data Visualization for Bioinformatics with R in Power BI

Machine Learning & AI

Webinar Recap: Distributed Computing & R Server

Machine Learning & AI

SAS Enterprise Guide vs. Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

Machine Learning & AI, R

ImpoRting and ExpoRting: Getting Data Into and Out of R


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