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Your source for SQL Server and Business Intelligence expert insight and the latest Pragmatic Works' news.

Rethink How You Approach Staff Augmentation

Posted Sep 26, 2016 by Ryan Dowd

Good help is hard to find. The old adage still rings true today.

Business literally moves at the speed of light these days. That’s a good thing, right? Well yes! However, IT teams are being asked to do more than ever to support the business in keeping up with the competition.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Sunburst

Posted Sep 22, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the  Power BI Custom Visual Sunburst.  The Sunburst chart is similar to the standard donut chart but allows you to show multiple levels at once, which is great when presenting hierarchical data.

This Week In Data - Data Visualization Best Practices

Posted Sep 21, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Welcome back to another episode of This Week In Data! If you missed our previous episodes, you can watch them here. In this week's episode, we're discussing some data visualization best practices.

Expand Your Reporting Skills with Our New SSRS Mobile Reports Course!

Posted Sep 15, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

This week, we released a new course called Mobile Reports and Dashboards with SSRS 2016! This course is roughly 7-hours in length and is focused on showing off the dashboarding and mobile reporting capabilities of Reporting Services 2016.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Bubble

Posted Sep 15, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Bubble chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Bubble chart allows you to show the value of categories proportionally represented by the size of the bubble.

This Week In Data - What is Slack?

Posted Sep 14, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Welcome back to another episode of This Week In Data! If you missed our previous episodes, you can watch them here. In this week's episode, we're discussing how Slack can improve your company's internal communication.

Task Factory Transforms SSIS to a True Data Warehouse Solution for the University of Calgary

Posted Sep 13, 2016 by Ryan Dowd

Over the years, our customers have come to know Pragmatic Works as true experts in developing uniquely powerful ETL solutions through Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Our industry experts have worked in countless customer environments, each with their own challenging data integration needs. Our consultants, who are NOT shy :), often tell us about their experiences and their long wish lists: "If only I could validate that a text file contained the expected information in the expected format before it completes" or "Man, I wish there was a way to conditionally update or insert data faster than I can today."

Getting to Know Azure Offerings

Posted Sep 13, 2016 by Delora Bradish

As Azure offerings mature and Azure becomes less bleeding edge and more cutting edge, many of us are getting ready to entertain the idea of jumping on the Azure wagon.  However, when I first started to wrap my head around Azure offerings, I needed to learn a few basics.  Is anyone out there with me?  For example:

Hack Your Professional Development

Posted Sep 08, 2016 by Adam Jorgensen

Goal.jpgThanks to everyone who registered for my webinar on Tuesday. We covered a lot of great content on growing your data career and I appreciate all your comments and feedback. If you missed the session, you can watch it here but I’d like to provide a quick summary of some important takeaways from the session.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Table Heatmap

Posted Sep 08, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Table Heatmap Power BI Custom Visual. The Table Heatmap has the look and feel of a pivot table or matrix report. However, instead of seeing traditional values in the table, you actually see colors that represent your values instead.

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