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This Week In Data - What is Slack?

Posted Sep 14, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Welcome back to another episode of This Week In Data! If you missed our previous episodes, you can watch them here. In this week's episode, we're discussing how Slack can improve your company's internal communication.

This Week In Data - What is the Internet of Things?

Posted Sep 07, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

Welcome back to another episode of This Week In Data! If you missed our previous episodes, you can watch them here. In this week's episode, we're answering the question, "What is the Internet of Things?"

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.

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. 

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.

Five Disaster Recovery Mistakes You Might Be Making

Posted Sep 24, 2015 by Pragmatic Works

Kathy Vick and Rowland Gosling are Pragmatic Works' resident experts on disaster recovery. Through their vast experience, they've noticed many common mistakes that DBAs are making and they're sharing their insight to prevent your recovery from being a disaster of its own:

Disaster planning is a challenging topic for most companies and a crucial factor in data lifecycle maturity. While we understand no one wants to think about bad things happening, but for the same reason you pay for insurance, you need to have a resolute disaster recovery plan. Even the most well-prepared organizations and DBAs can be challenged with what to do to bring their systems back online during an outage.

In our experience, we’ve noticed most DBAs understand planning for a disaster like their company’s RPO (Recovery Point Objective, or how much data they can lose in a disaster) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective – how much time they can be down), and they plan their disaster strategies around those objectives. But the real challenge comes when disaster strikes, and your DBA is put to the test trying to bring the systems back online and prevent recovery from being a disaster.

With all of that in mind, here’s our list of five common mistakes you may be making with your disaster recovery strategy:


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