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Power BI Custom Visuals - KPI Indicator

Posted Jun 30, 2016 by Devin Knight

In my previous post, we explored the Radar Chart visual. In this module you will learn how to use the KPI Indicator (This is kind of like saying “ATM Machine” isn’t it?) Power BI comes standard with a KPI visual but the custom visual we will cover in this post shows a few more options than is available in the standard tool. Using the KPI Indicator allows you to not only visualize key performance indicators but also include a historical trend line or bar chart with it.

Microsoft is Taking Over July Free Training!

Posted Jun 29, 2016 by Liz Hamilton

We are really excited about our July webinar lineup. Several of the awesome folks at Microsoft have signed up to host some amazing sessions, you might even recognize some of the names as being past Pragmatic Works employees. The topics in July cover SQL Server 2016, Power BI and Azure. So if you ever wanted some behind the scenes information on these topics, check out our July webinars!

Power BI Custom Visuals - Radar Chart

Posted Jun 23, 2016 by Devin Knight

In my previous post, we explored the Hebxbin Scatterplot visual. In this module, you will learn how to use the Radar Chart - another Power BI Custom Visual. The Radar Chart is sometimes also know to some as a web chart, spider chart or star chart. Using the Radar Chart allows you to display multiple categories of data on each spoke (like spokes on a bicycle wheel) of the chart. The Radar Chart does support the display of multiple metrics, which allows you to compare and contrast the “pull” that each category has on your metrics.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Hexbin Scatterplot

Posted Jun 16, 2016 by Devin Knight

In part one of my Power BI Custom Visuals blog series, I showed you all the fun you can have with the Enlighten Aquarium visual. In this module, you will learn how to use the Hexbin Scatterplot Power BI Custom Visual.  The Hexbin Scatterplot is a variation of the traditional Scatter Chart but instead of using bubble size it relies on color saturation and hexbins to show value distribution. You should consider using this chart when you’re more interested in visualizing density instead of individuals points themselves.

Inside the Mind of an Inside Sales Rep

Posted Jun 14, 2016 by Terri Mottram

I’ve been in sales longer than some of my peers at Pragmatic Works have been alive. If there is one thing that I have learned in all these years, it’s that I am still learning. Before I share my top five tips for being successful, let me share a little about me, so you understand where I am coming from.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Enlighten Aquarium

Posted Jun 09, 2016 by Devin Knight

Welcome to an exciting new FREE class on Power BI Custom Visuals! Over the next year (that’s right year), I will be releasing one module a week detailing how to work with all of the Power BI visuals available in the Custom Visuals Gallery.  You might ask why am I doing this?  Well The Microsoft Power BI team and the Power BI Community, through the Custom Visuals Gallery, have expanded the data visualization capabilities of Power BI drastically but have provided little  direction on how to use these the new features. 

SQL Server 2016 - PolyBase

Posted Jun 08, 2016 by Sean Werick

One of my favorite features (admittedly, there are quite a few) of SQL Server 2016 is PolyBase. It’s a fantastic piece of technology that allows users to near seamlessly tie relational and non-relational data. This feature has been available for Analytics Platform System (APS) and SQL Data Warehouse (SQL DW) for some time, and fortunately, it has finally made its way to SQL Server, thanks to the SQL Server 2016 release.

Introduction to Power BI Custom Visuals

Posted Jun 02, 2016 by Devin Knight

Welcome to an exciting new FREE class that I am launching today!  Over the next year (that’s right year!) I will be releasing one module a week detailing how to work with all of the Power BI visuals available in the Custom Visuals Gallery.  You might ask why am I doing this?  Well The Microsoft Power BI team and the Power BI Community, through the Custom Visuals Gallery, have expanded the data visualization capabilities of Power BI drastically but unfortunately has provided little and in some cases no direction on how to use these the new features. Click here to view all the blogs and videos I have published about Power BI Custom Visuals.

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