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

Power BI Custom Visuals - Attribute Slicer

Posted Mar 30, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Attribute Slicer Power BI Custom Visual.  Using the Attribute Slicer allows you to filter your entire report while also being able to visibly see a measure value associated with each attribute.

Digital Transformation - The 3 Priorities of CIOs for 2017

Posted Mar 29, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Digital transformation is, or should be, at the top of every organization’s priority list this year. When it comes to digital transformation, CIOs have 3 main priorities in 2017. Pragmatic Works can help you in all 3 key areas to get your transformation on track, wherever you are in the process.  

Bowl-a-Thon Sabotaged by Bad Data

Posted Mar 28, 2017 by Jeremy Sirois

On Thursday, March 23rd the Pragmatic Works Software Sales Team participated in what was supposed to be a fun and mildly competitive bowling tournament at the local alley here in Salem, NH.

SQL Server 2016 and R Server

Posted Mar 24, 2017 by Ginger Grant

While the language has been around since 1996, the momentum in the trade press about R has been steadily increasing over the last few years.  R is part of the explosion of all things Data Science, which has shown great promise in providing meaning to data through the application of advanced analytics and the ability to visually present data.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Gantt

Posted Mar 23, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module you will learn how to use the Gantt Power BI Custom Visual.  Using the Gantt chart helps to easily visualize project timelines and deliverable completion.

SSAS Multidimensional or SSAS Tabular?

Posted Mar 22, 2017 by Alan Faulkner

Determining whether multidimensional or tabular is the optimal solution for your organization is a key step when working with SQL Server Analysis Services 2012/2014/2016. During last week’s free webinar, our Senior Consultant Alan Faulkner introduced the common pitfalls with each solution and how to avoid them. He also highlighted new features of SQL Server Analysis Services 2016 and how they play a role in deciding the best solution to use.

The Top 5 Things That Online Training Should Include

Posted Mar 17, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

When investing money in online training, you want to get the most for your dollar. Pragmatic Works Training Director, Devin Knight, knows the 5 hot tips on what you should be looking for when you purchase online training (e-learning) and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. Here’s what you should look for:

Power BI Custom Visuals - Stars

Posted Mar 16, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Stars Power BI Custom Visual.  The Stars visual is a great way to visualize ratings data.

The Big Reason You Should Think About Azure SQL DW

Posted Mar 15, 2017 by Osei May

There are many reasons why your company should strongly consider using Azure SQL DW. However, the point of this post to convince you - the developer, consultant, architect, and/or accidental-DBA - that you should
start getting familiar with Azure SQL DW for one simple and hefty reason — Big Data.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Image Viewer

Posted Mar 09, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Image Viewer Power BI Custom Visual.  The Image Viewer visual helps to display images based on an image URL stored in your data.

How to Get Your Data from GoToWebinar

Posted Mar 07, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Let’s face it, having to manually pull data from web services into another database platform is time consuming. Manually pulling data leaves room for error and takes time out of your busy day, which leads to inefficiency. REST Source is a component inside Pragmatic Works' Task Factory Suite which will automate the process of connecting to web services to pull information down into your SQL platform. You don’t have to be concerned with the process of getting the data you need – you can rely on it being all in one place. This lets you spend your time thinking about what you want to do with your data. Isn’t this a much better way to spend your time?

Announcing Our New Course - Data Modeling!

Posted Mar 06, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

We are excited to announce our new course – Data Modeling! This course is designed for individuals who are in the process of designing new databases, particularly transactional databases and data warehouse systems. This six and a half hour course will guide you on the best methods and practices for creating proper data models.

Investing in IT Skills Development - A MUST for "A" Talent

Posted Mar 02, 2017 by Ryan Dowd

There is a shift happening in modern Database Management and Business Intelligence —  and it’s happening faster than you think.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Long Text Viewer

Posted Mar 02, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Long Text Viewer Power BI Custom Visual.  The Long Text Viewer visual helps in displaying longer text fields that you have in your dataset.

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