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

Power BI and Data Security - Sharing Data

Posted Apr 21, 2017 by Steve Hughes

As more enterprises adopt Power BI into their BI environment, questions still remain about data security. In his last webinar, our Business Intelligence Architect Steve Hughes discussed data security and compliance within the Power BI platform including data classification, privacy levels and other settings that help manage security.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Line Dot Chart

Posted Apr 20, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module you will learn how to use the Line Dot Chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Line Dot Chart gives you the ability to make a more engaging line chart that can be animated across time.

How to Implement Successful BI Solutions

Posted Apr 19, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Maybe you’re in the process of creating a BI, data warehouse or data platform solution for your business. Or maybe you’ve hit a roadblock or are halfway there, but need help with implementation.

Questions About Our New Course - Data Modeling

Posted Apr 17, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic Works new course, Data Modeling, is designed for individuals who are in the process of designing new databases, particularly transactional databases and data warehouse systems. This course is taught by one of our experts on data modeling, Mitchell Pearson. Here, Mitchell answers a few questions about the course:

Power BI and Data Security - Compliance and Encryption

Posted Apr 14, 2017 by Steve Hughes

As Power BI becomes more prevalent in data analytics and visualization within the enterprise, data security becomes a significant concern. Companies who have made the leap to cloud technologies such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Salesforce and Microsoft Office 365 should have an understanding of the data compliance and security capabilities of those solutions. 

Using REST Source to Get Data from Google Analytics

Posted Apr 14, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

We get it, you’ve got tons of data in external sources, such as Google Analytics, and it’s time consuming to dig through to get the data you need to make decisions for your business. Wouldn’t it be great to have the information you need gathered for you in one place?

Power BI Custom Visuals - Table Sorter

Posted Apr 13, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module you will learn how to use the Table Sorter Power BI Custom Visual.  The Table Sorter allows you to rapidly re-sort and rank values within a table.

Successful Data Platform Migration

Posted Apr 12, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Data platform migration can be a big, scary project for organizations, but at Pragmatic Works we have an incredible reputation of success through our years of experience with data platform and BI work.  To make the most of your data migration initiative and make sure it’s successful, there are a few factors you need to focus on.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Network Navigator

Posted Apr 06, 2017 by Devin Knight

 In this module you will learn how to use the Network Navigator Power BI Custom Visual.  The Network Navigator is most useful when you are trying to find links between different attributes in a dataset. It does this by visualizing each attribute as a node and the strength of activity between those nodes can be represented in multiple ways.

Announcing Our New Course - Introduction to DAX!

Posted Apr 06, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

We are excited to announce our new course – Introduction to DAX! Whether you are well versed in building Tabular models or just starting out, learning more about introducing DAX into the equation is for you!

Azure SQL DB - What Happened to SQL Server Agent?

Posted Apr 05, 2017 by Bob Rubocki

SQL Server Agent is not available in Azure SQL DB. So how do we manage tasks for which we currently use SQL Server Agent? During last week's free webinar, our Senior Business Intelligence Consultant Bob Rubocki explained why the absence of SQL Server Agent may not be the end of the world when working with Azure SQL DB.  He also discussed Azure Automation as an alternative for some tasks previously managed with SQL Server Agent.

The Best Method for Adoption in Your BI Reporting and Analytics Projects

Posted Apr 05, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Is adoption in your BI reporting and analytics projects a struggle for you and your team? Adoption can be a struggle for even the best solutions. Oftentimes, the focus becomes more about the solution itself, rather than about the user base that the solution is supporting.

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