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Posts by Devin Knight

Why Your Employees Are Not Engaged With Training - The Solutions

Posted Feb 10, 2016 by Devin Knight

In my previous blog, we discussed some of the problems you may be facing that's causing your training efforts to fail. Now you're probably wondering what the solutions to those problems are. If society being easily distracted is the core problem for keeping people engaged, then what’s the solution? What is needed to have attendees leave a training class feeling excited about what they just learned? How can you make students leave feeling like they can actually use what they learned to solve real world problems?  

Let's take a look at ways you can make sure your training endeavors are successful.

Why Your Employees Are Not Engaged With Training – The Problems

Posted Feb 03, 2016 by Devin Knight

Attending a training class should be an exciting experience. You’re learning something new and hopefully something you can actually use. You’re sitting in a room full of people that likely are struggling with the same problems you are and have what should be an expert teaching you how to solve those problems. However, we often find ourselves distracted, bored or even put to sleep. 

Have Assurance in Your Training Investment

Posted Dec 22, 2015 by Devin Knight

Does your organization have a training budget used to regularly invest in keeping your staff’s skills up-to-date? It’s very common at larger and some small companies for employees to be sent to training classes regularly. But is your organization getting the appropriate ROI for that investment? Do your employees see training as an investment or a burden?

The Next Generation of Training

Posted Oct 07, 2015 by Devin Knight

Over the last five years, training and education have seen drastic changes in how course material is delivered. The reason is because many students simply cannot attend a training class that has a set start and end time and/or eats up twenty to thirty hours of their week. The reality for many of us is that work comes first, and it is impossible to be completely disconnected from our regular nine to five job to attend a training class.

Preparing a Technical Session Part 2: Coming Up With a Title

Posted Jul 22, 2015 by Devin Knight

In his first blog on creating a technical session, our Training Director Devin Knight discussed how to choose a topic. In this post, he'll give you tips on picking the perfect title for your session. The title of your session often dictates how successful your presentation will be, and Devin is sharing his tricks on creating the best presentation title.

Preparing a Technical Session Part 1: Picking a Topic

Posted Jun 30, 2015 by Devin Knight

So you’ve decided or perhaps were told to do a technical presentation. If this is something that’s new for you, then you may be going through a variety of emotions. You may start feeling excited in anticipation of the event, but often that quickly that changes to anxiety as you realize the amount ofwork ahead of you. As an experienced technical presenter, I understand what you're going through and the challenges you'll face throughout the process. 

Creating a SQL 2016 CTP2 Virtual Machine in Azure

Posted Jun 17, 2015 by Devin Knight

With the CTP2 of SQL Server 2016 now released, you may be eager to try it out. One of the best ways to do this in my opinion is to set it up on a virtual machine. You could certainly do this with VMWare or Hyper-V but my new preference for creating VMs is Azure.

Power BI with Azure SQL Database

Posted May 28, 2015 by Devin Knight

**Information is current as of 5/21/2015**

Recently Azure SQL Database was added as a new connection to the Power BI Preview. Read the notes about how it can be used here. The things I found especially worth noting were:

Power Query – Controlling M Query Functions with User Driven Parameters

Posted Apr 08, 2015 by Devin Knight

Have you ever had a user run a query against one of your largest tables only for them to immediately filter the results in Excel to show the last years worth of data? All of that data brought across your network and then immediately filtered out. Or maybe Excel just can handle the amount of unfiltered data they’re trying to return.

Optimizing Power BI Q&A with Synonyms & Phrasing Using Cloud Modeling

Posted Oct 02, 2014 by Devin Knight

If you’ve have used or even just seen a demo of Power BI Q&A you’ve likely seen there’s great potential in the feature for even low-tech user. I usually say, “If the user knows how to use a search engine then they can interact with Q&A.” You can read the basics of how Power BI Q&A works from my previous post here.

While having this capability is great it can take some fine tuning to perfect for users interacting with it. Power BI provides you with the ability to now optimize your models for Q&A and it can all be done directly from the Power BI site with what Microsoft is callingCloud Modeling.

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