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Incorporate Information from Survey Monkey Using REST Source

Posted Jul 31, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

If you use Survey Monkey, are you looking for an easier way to get and utilize that information for your business? Survey Monkey is a great tool for getting useful information and keeping in touch with clients. At Pragmatic Works, we use it for things like post-event follow up, emails after demos for feedback and at the completion of consulting engagements.

3 Secrets to Changing Your Data Culture

Posted Jul 28, 2017 by Adam Jorgensen

 Are you trying to get new initiatives moving to change the data culture of your business?  Do you have challenges with adoption or getting excitement around these data initiatives?  

Here are 3 secrets that you can implement immediately to get traction on your data culture efforts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Power KPI

Posted Jul 27, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Power KPI Custom Visual.  The Power KPI displays your KPI indicator values on a helpful multi-line chart with labels.

The Importance of Data Warehouse and BI Testing

Posted Jul 25, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

In the world of data, it’s imperative to test your data warehouse and BI systems. If you’re not testing early in the process, then you run the risk of incorrect results and poor performance, which can result in restarting a BI project all over again— wasting time, effort and money, as well as creating bad business decisions and losing business.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Drilldown Player

Posted Jul 20, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Drilldown Player Custom Visual.  The Drilldown Player acts like a slicer that animates other visuals around it on your report.

Introducing Our New Course - Power BI for Consumers

Posted Jul 19, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

In today’s world, businesses run on data. Anyone who is not a developer in your organization is a data consumer. Knowing how to view and share reports on your data, or even create a Power BI dashboard can help you in your day-to-day tasks that involve data.

Are you a consumer and need to learn how to consume Power BI reports within your organization? Then our new course, Power BI for the Consumer, is for you!

Is Everyone Moving to the Cloud?

Posted Jul 18, 2017 by Adam Jorgensen

I'm sure you’ve heard people talking about how they are embracing the cloud and migrating their business there. And you’re thinking, 'Is everyone moving to the cloud?' The answer is YES; about 75% of our customers are having deep cloud solution conversations about modernizing their data platform, moving their data center and evaluating cloud analytics.

Customer Story: The Benefit of Data Lineage with DOC xPress

Posted Jul 17, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

A lack of data lineage can cause issues with compliance by not knowing where your data is coming from or going to. It can also cause issues and increase production time by not being able to see what you’re impacting when changes or updates to systems occur. Pragmatic Works Principal and COO, Tim Moolic, spoke with one of our customers in Australia, Cameron Monk, about his experience with our DOC xPress data lineage feature.

Do You Know What Your CIOs Are Up To?

Posted Jul 14, 2017 by Adam Jorgensen

Your CIO plays one of the most important roles in your organization. Do you know what your CIO is working on to help grow your business?

Validating your CIO’s strategy is an important piece of knowledge to ensure that your business is moving forward. Here are the 3 questions to ask to figure out that strategy.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Drilldown Cartogram

Posted Jul 13, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Drilldown Cartogram Custom Visual.  The Drilldown Cartogram is a map visual that displays a circle for each location with varying size and color based on specific values you provide.

The Importance of BI xPress' Best Practice Analyzer

Posted Jul 12, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

When working with various packages, like SSIS, SQL Server or Oracle, it’s important to establish standards across the enterprise. An architect will want to establish standards, or best practices, for the organization that developers and DBAs writing SSIS packages, or Junior Developers or outside teams, can adhere to.

Make Your Move from Oracle to SQL

Posted Jul 07, 2017 by Adam Jorgensen

Are you tired of Oracle, Cybex or Teradata? Are you ready to move from these platforms to a better system for your business, but not sure how to get there? So many of our customers are moving their platforms to SQL Server. Let me tell you the 3 main reasons they are making the move.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Drilldown Choropleth

Posted Jul 06, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Drilldown Choropleth Custom Visual.  The Drilldown Choropleth is a map visual that displays divided regions that are highlighted indicating the relative value in each location.

Using SSIS REST Source to Get the Reports You Need from Litmos

Posted Jul 03, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic Works has done a series of blogs and videos discussing how our Task Factory REST Source can help you easily get the data you need from web services, such as Salesforce, GoToWebinar and Google Analytics. Here, we want to show how REST Source helped our Training Director, Devin Knight, with Litmos.


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