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This Week In Data - How to Ask for Help

Posted Aug 31, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Welcome back to another episode of This Week In Data! In our first episode, Adam and Devin debated the value of certifications. In this week's episode, we're discussing the right way to ask for help.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Aster Plot

Posted Aug 31, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Aster Plot Power BI Custom Visual. The Aster Plot is a twist on the standard Pie or Donut Chart. What sets the Aster Plot apart from these visuals is that it has the ability to use a second measure to drive the sweep angle.

Introducing LegiTest Annotations

Posted Aug 25, 2016 by Manuel Quintana

Hello everyone! You may have seen our most recent summer release blog showing off the latest and greatest features for the Pragmatic Works software tools. In that release, we announced that users can now create annotations for their tests in LegiTest. With this new feature, users can create a category or name and include whatever information they would like. This information will then be made visible in LegiTest Server. To get you familiar with how this function works, we've created a short demonstration: 

This Week in Data - The Value of Certifications

Posted Aug 24, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

We know you you've been dying to know, what is TWID?  Drumroll please.... We're excited to announce the launch of This Week In Data!  This Week In Data is a weekly video podcast hosted by Adam Jorgensen and Devin Knight that discusses important news and topics within the data world. The goal of the series is to drive thoughtful conversations that address questions and concerns you may have about data culture. 

Power BI Custom Visuals - Bullet Chart

Posted Aug 23, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Bullet Chart Power BI Custom Visual. The Bullet Chart serves as a replacement for poorly designed dashboard gauges and meters you might be using now. Typical gauges do not show very much information and require a lot of space on a dashboard. The Bullet Chart overcomes these flaws by allowing you to split into multiple categories (show more information) and orient the chart to fit your needs (requires less space).

Developers: Simplify Your Job with BI xPress

Posted Aug 23, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

As a developer, do you often find yourself frustrated with tasks that should be easier to complete? There are many different aspects of the developer role that can be tedious and drawn out. That's why we created BI xPress to simplify your experience when working inside SSDT. Let’s take a look at some common practices in a BI environment and how BI xPress makes those practices easier and smoother to implement.

What is TWID?

Posted Aug 17, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Having trouble staying up-to-date with everything going on in the data world? Do you feel like you can't keep up with water cooler talk about industry topics? Have no fear, Pragmatic Works is here to help you become a thought leader within your organization.

Introducing Task Factory's File Gateway Task

Posted Aug 16, 2016 by Manuel Quintana

Greetings everyone! As you may have seen in our recent summer release blog, there are a lot of features new to our tools. Today, we're going to have a look at another fantastic tool from our Task Factory product - the File Gateway Task!

Don't Be Delta – 3 Tips Keep Your Data Center Out of the News

Posted Aug 15, 2016 by Matt Gordon

Delta Air Lines has been in the news a lot in the last couple of weeks for all the wrong reasons. News reports have been full of pictures and videos of massive lines at airports, people sleeping at gates and sob stories from stranded travelers thanks to a massive computer outage affecting all of Delta’s systems. If you’re a regular Delta traveler it’s a nightmare, and if you’re in IT for Delta, these are probably some of the worst days of your career.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Calendar Visualization

Posted Aug 11, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Calendar Visualization Power BI Custom Visual. The Calendar Visualization is a very unique visual that allows you to show the distribution of values across a calendar.

Highlights of Pragmatic Works Software Update 2016.3

Posted Aug 11, 2016 by Devon Stiles

In our recent webinar, Brian Knight, John Welch and the Pragmatic Works Software Team announced the newest releases of Task Factory, BI xPress and LegiTest. Here's a recap of some of the new features and enhancements in our suite of tools that can help you improve your data solutions.

We've Had a Busy Summer

Posted Aug 08, 2016 by Kim Stinehour

Hi everyone! My name is Kim and I'm the HR Manager here at Pragmatic Works. It’s been a hectic summer for Pragmatic Works in the Jacksonville office and I'm excited to share a few updates with you. 

Power BI Custom Visuals - Card with States

Posted Aug 04, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Card with States Power BI Custom Visual. The Card with States allows for you to have a value displayed with an indicator that can be manually adjusted or data-driven. Check out http://okviz.com/ for more details on this and other visuals or view my previous blog posts.

EXPOSED: 9 Truths and a Lie for Our 9th Anniversary

Posted Aug 03, 2016 by Devon Stiles

Last week to honor our 9th Anniversary, we posted 9 truths and a lie about the history of Pragmatic Works and asked you to try and pick out the lie. In the poll, about half of the results correctly identified the lie, and the rest of the results were pretty scattered. Today, we're here to uncover the lie and share some of the evidence regarding the truths. 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Posted Aug 02, 2016 by Tim Moolic

Twenty one members of the Pragmatic Works Sales Team took a trip to steamy Fenway Park last week to celebrate an awesome Q2 in software sales .  The Sales Team sat in the sun-drenched seats where it was over 100 degrees with no relief other than beer and lots of water.  Unfortunately, the Sox lost in a nail biter when Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera homered in the 9th inning to end the tie game.   All agreed the next sporting event will be a Bruins ice hockey game. :)

Key Takeaways from WPC 2016

Posted Aug 01, 2016 by Adam Jorgensen

I just got back from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. I was there with our alliance team and it was an incredible week! We joined over 16,000 other partner leaders to hear about what Microsoft has planned, how they want to work with us and to give them feedback on how things have been going.

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