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Power BI Custom Visuals - Card Browser

Posted Nov 16, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Card Browser Custom Visual.  The Card Browser allows you to display document data in visually appealing ways with images.

Faster and Cleaner SSIS Loads with Task Factory

Posted Nov 15, 2017 by Pragmatic Works


Let’s face it, many of us have performance issues with SSIS. Would you like to learn how to load your data up to 3000% faster? Who wouldn’t, right? Now imagine this with the benefit of creating cleaner data. Sound too good to be true?

Using Power BI for Digital Storytelling

Posted Nov 13, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

In the data driven business world we need the tools that allow us to better understand our data. Power BI is the best tool out there for your data. And now it’s even better with the new features that have been released over the past few months, offering a great way to extend Power BI and make it a more efficient storytelling tool.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Image Timeline

Posted Nov 09, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Image Timeline Custom Visual.  The Image Timeline is a great way to display data in order across a timeline.  If you have images of your data, you can also display those images on the timeline.

Translating Your SQL and Excel Skills to Tableau

Posted Nov 07, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Are you doing data analytics with SQL or Excel? Would you like to gain more knowledge about using Tableau, or how to translate your SQL or Excel skills to Tableau?

Power BI - Problem, Design, Solution - Folder Source Option for JSON Files

Posted Nov 06, 2017 by Manuel Quintana

In this episode of the “Problem, Design, Solution” Power BI series, we will be talking about the “Folder” option inside the sources display for Power BI Desktop. This is a fantastic feature that works well with your standard Delimited/CSV (Comma Separated Value) files, making life easier by importing any files you have in a directory.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Enlighten Stack Shuffle

Posted Nov 02, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Enlighten Stack Shuffle Custom Visual.  The Enlighten Stack Shuffle is helpful when you want to display a "top N" set of values.  For example, if you want to display your top 5 selling employees, this visual can make that very easy.

What's Going On in November?

Posted Nov 01, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

We're kicking off the month exhibiting at PASS Summit 2017 in Seattle, WA and hosting our 6th annual SQL Karaoke event, often considered to be the highlight of PASS. You can follow us on our social platforms like Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on daily happenings at this event. 

Check out what else we have coming up this month in our training, software and consulting departments!

Validate Your Data Before Your End Users Invalidate You

Posted Oct 30, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Database testing is a critical aspect of development. BI and Data Warehouse testing is another level of testing that is key to ensuring the quality of your data throughout your BI system. Data quality, or lack of it, is a focus of many these days. Bad data is an epidemic, and data testing is the key to solving the epidemic while allowing you to have confidence in your data.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Cylindrical Gauge

Posted Oct 26, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Cylindrical Gauge Custom Visual by MAQ Software.  The Cylindrical Gauge can be helpful for visualizing a single metric on your report.


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