Failed to Subscribe / Failed to Activate Storage Event Trigger After Publishing in Azure Synapse Analytics

I ran into an issue today while trying to publish a storage event trigger in Azure Synapse Analytics. After publishing, I got error messages that said “failed to subscribe” and “failed to activate”. The storage event trigger had been published, but it wouldn’t start. Help! 😱

Screenshot of Azure Synapse Analytics notifications showing “failed to subscribe” and “failed to activate” errors.

(Skip to how I fixed the failed to subscribe / failed to activate errors 👇🏻)

The Error Messages

The error messages hinted at access control or permission issues:

Connecting to HubSpot from Azure Synapse Analytics or Azure Data Factory

HubSpot logo.

I spent a couple of hours today figuring out how to connect to HubSpot from Azure Synapse Analytics. Since it wasn’t straightforward for me, I decided to blog about how I did it. Hopefully, this post can help one or two others (or future me!) save some time 😊

The HubSpot Linked Service

The Azure Synapse Analytics (or Azure Data Factory) linked service connects to HubSpot using a Client ID, Client Secret, Access Token, and Refresh Token:

Screenshot of the HubSpot linked service.

How do we get these values from HubSpot?

The overall process is to:

  1. Create a private app in HubSpot to get the Client ID and Client Secret
  2. Authorize the private app and get authorization code
  3. Exchange authorization code for Access Token and Refresh Token
  4. Create linked service in Azure Synapse Analytics or Azure Data Factory

Let’s dig into the details! 🤓

Training Day at SQLBits 2022: Data Integration using Azure Data Factory or Azure Synapse Analytics

Are you new to Azure Data Factory or Azure Synapse Analytics? Maybe you’re an expert SSIS developer wondering how to take that first step into Azure? Do you feel a little overwhelmed by all the possible ways you can move and transform data these days? Join me at the ExCeL London on Tuesday, March 8th, 2022! I will be delivering a training day at SQLBits 2022 called Beginner’s Guide to Data Integration using Azure Data Factory or Azure Synapse Analytics 🥳

Person announcing the Beginner’s Guide to Data Integration using Azure Data Factory or Azure Synapse Analytics training day at SQLBits 2022.

My goal is to help kickstart your journey as an Azure Data Engineer, and for all of us to have a great and safe day of learning and networking. SQLBits are taking covid safety seriously by requiring proof of vaccination / tests, wearing masks, and ensuring proper spacing between seats. I will be there in-person and hope you will be able to join us too!

(Oh, and if you want to get the most out of your week at SQLBits? Check out Paul Andrew’s training day on Wednesday called Azure Data Integration Pipelines - Advanced Design and Delivery 🤓)

First Day as a Senior Consultant in Skill!

Today is a very special day. It’s Monday, it’s a new week, and it’s a new month - all sorts of new beginnings. The most important new beginning, however, is that today is my first day as a Senior Consultant in the Data Management and Analytics team in Skill! Yay 🥳

Cathrine Wilhelmsen’s profile picture next to the Skill logo.

Skill is a Norwegian IT consulting company with over 100 consultants working from two locations. They have teams focused on everything from cloud infrastructure to cloud productivity, from security to business applications, and from collaboration to analytics.

What do they all have in common? They all deliver solutions built on Microsoft technologies! Just like me 🤓

(And just like me, there are many people in Skill who love giving back and helping their communities! I’m honored that I can now call fellow Microsoft MVPs Jan Vidar Elven, Magnus Goksöyr, and Ulrikke Akerbæk my coworkers 🤩)

I’ve joined the Data Management and Analytics team, and will continue to focus on Azure Data and the Microsoft Data Platform. I get to dive deeper into fun things like Azure Synapse Analytics and Azure Data Factory, and I’m hoping to learn even more about Power BI and the rest of the Power Platform. Maybe I’ll even pick up a thing or two about infrastructure, networking, and security?

I’m very much looking forward to this new chapter. Great people, a supportive workplace, and exciting technologies…? I’M SO EXCITED! 😊

Preparing for and Taking Microsoft Exam DP-900 (Azure Data Fundamentals)

Microsoft Certification Exam Badge for Exam DP-900.

On September 28th, 2021, I passed exam DP-900: Azure Data Fundamentals, yay! 🥳 The exam is mainly intended for those who are new to working with the Azure data platform, but is also required for achieving Microsoft partner status in the Data Platform competency.

In this post, I share how I prepared for the exam and what my experience was like on the day of the exam.