Azure Synapse Analytics: Integrating and Analyzing Data at Scale 

Malaika Kumar
Azure Synapse Analytics: Integrating and Analyzing Data at Scale


Azure Synapse Analytics unifies big data and data warehousing, offering an unparalleled analytics platform. This guide focuses on how to practically integrate various data sources with Azure Synapse, enabling businesses to analyze data on an impressive scale. 

Understanding Azure Synapse Analytics 

Azure Synapse combines the capabilities of big data and data warehousing, facilitating a seamless analytics experience. It’s designed for businesses aiming to analyze data comprehensively and efficiently. 

Key Features of Azure Synapse 

Azure Synapse stands out for its scalability, performance, and integration capabilities, featuring serverless on-demand queries and deep integration with Apache Spark. These features cater to a wide range of analytics needs, from querying data lakes to performing complex data transformations. 

Integrating Data from Various Sources 

A critical aspect of leveraging Azure Synapse to its full potential is integrating data from diverse sources. Here, we outline the steps to achieve seamless data integration. 

Step 1: Setting Up Azure Synapse Analytics Workspace 

  • Create an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace through the Azure portal, which will serve as the central hub for your data integration and analytics efforts. 

Step 2: Connecting to Data Sources 

  • Utilize the Azure Synapse Studio to connect to various data sources. Azure Synapse supports connections to Azure Data Lake Storage, Azure Blob Storage, Azure SQL Database, and many other sources. 
  • Navigate to the “Manage” tab in Azure Synapse Studio, select “Linked services,” and then “New” to add a new data source connection. 

Step 3: Data Ingestion with Azure Data Factory 

  • Within the Azure Synapse Studio, access the integrated Azure Data Factory instance to create and manage data pipelines. 
  • Use the “Copy Data” tool or build custom pipelines to ingest data from the connected sources into Azure Synapse. These pipelines can be scheduled to run at specific intervals, ensuring up-to-date data is always available. 

Step 4: Transforming Data with Data Flows 

  • For data transformation, create data flows within Azure Data Factory. Data flows allow for visual design of data transformation processes without writing code, making it accessible for users to perform complex ETL operations. 
  • Transformations can include data cleaning, aggregation, and enrichment, preparing the data for analysis. 

Step 5: Loading Data into Synapse SQL Pools 

  • Once transformed, load the data into Synapse SQL pools (formerly SQL Data Warehouse) for analysis. This step involves mapping the transformed data to SQL tables and defining the schema. 
  • Use the “Copy Data” activity in Azure Data Factory pipelines to move data into Synapse SQL pools, optimizing for query performance. 

Analyzing Data with Azure Synapse 

With data integrated from multiple sources, utilize Azure Synapse’s analytical tools to derive actionable insights. SQL analytics and Spark pools provide flexible and powerful environments for data analysis, supporting both on-demand exploratory queries and complex data processing tasks. 


Integrating and analyzing data at scale with Azure Synapse Analytics opens up new possibilities for businesses to gain insights from their diverse data sources. By following these steps to integrate data sources with Azure Synapse, organizations can effectively leverage this powerful platform to drive informed decisions and strategies. 

Ready to transform your data analytics strategy with Azure Synapse Analytics? SQLOPS offers expert guidance and services to help you seamlessly integrate your data sources and unlock the full potential of Azure Synapse. Contact us today to learn more. 

Explore our range of trailblazer services

Risk and Health Audit

Get 360 degree view in to the health of your production Databases with actionable intelligence and readiness for government compliance including HIPAA, SOX, GDPR, PCI, ETC. with 100% money-back guarantee.

DBA Services

The MOST ADVANCED database management service that help manage, maintain & support your production database 24×7 with highest ROI so you can focus on more important things for your business

Cloud Migration

With more than 20 Petabytes of data migration experience to both AWS and Azure cloud, we help migrate your databases to various databases in the cloud including RDS, Aurora, Snowflake, Azure SQL, Etc.

Data Integration

Whether you have unstructured, semi-structured or structured data, we help build pipelines that extract, transform, clean, validate and load it into data warehouse or data lakes or in any databases.

Data Analytics

We help transform your organizations data into powerful,  stunning, light-weight  and meaningful reports using PowerBI or Tableau to help you with making fast and accurate business decisions.

Govt Compliance

Does your business use PII information? We provide detailed and the most advanced risk assessment for your business data related to HIPAA, SOX, PCI, GDPR and several other Govt. compliance regulations.

You May Also Like…