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

Top 5 Things to Capture in a Data Dictionary

Posted Feb 14, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

At Pragmatic Works, we understand that it’s important to understand the data you are looking at. What if you are unsure of what a certain column or field means? Who do you track down if a bug is happening? Or if a database or server goes down, do you know who owns the data so you can report to them that there is a problem? Creating a Data Dictionary is an extremely important data documentation tool that helps you to better understand your data.

What a Great Looking Bunch!

Posted Feb 09, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

As we hunker down for another Nor’easter and a foot of snow in New England, we don't let the winter blues get us down! The Pragmatic Works sales team in New Hampshire celebrated an uncharacteristically warm (50 degree) February day yesterday by breaking out our favorite Hawaiian shirts! We take pride in looking good while helping organizations gain value from the enhanced BI development, documentation and automated data validation capabilities that are realized by using the Pragmatic Workbench.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Gap Analysis

Posted Feb 09, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Gap Analysis Power BI Custom Visual.  The Gap Analysis visual is used to analyze the difference between two different groups of data you have.  For example, you might use it to analyze the gap between two answers people gave in survey response data.

Business Intelligence Boot Camp Testimonial

Posted Feb 08, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Pragmatic Works wants to help you fulfill the training essentials for you and your employees. Whether it's in-persononline or free training, we've got you covered. At Pragmatic Works, our training is designed to give you an intensive learning experience focused on real world applications. Our interactive Boot Camp training attracts people from many different industries and will give you the knowledge and the tools that will allow you to apply what you have learned right away. These in-depth training courses cover topics such as SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Power BI.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Box and Whiskers Version 2

Posted Feb 06, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Box and Whiskers (Brad) Power BI Custom Visual.  This is the second of two Box and Whiskers visuals that we have covered (You can learn more about the first one here). The Box and Whiskers chart is used to show things like data outliers, clusters of data points and the volume of data between two extremes.

Introduction to SSAS Tabular Course Updates

Posted Feb 03, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Do you want to learn more about creating Analysis Services Tabular models? Our course, Introduction to SSAS Tabular, will teach you all you need to know!

Power BI Desktop and Dashboards Training

Posted Feb 02, 2017 by Pragmatic Works

Are you in need of Power BI training? If you're just starting out or well versed in Power BI, then this class is for you! 

Power BI Custom Visuals - Box and Whiskers

Posted Jan 26, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Box and Whiskers (Jan Pieter) Power BI Custom Visual.  This is the first of two Box and Whiskers visuals that we will cover. The Box and Whiskers chart is used to show things like data outliers, clusters of data points and the volume of data between two extremes.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Sankey with Labels

Posted Jan 20, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Sankey with Labels Power BI Custom Visual.  The Sankey with Labels is a type of diagram that visualizes the flow of data between a source and destination columns. This visual is similar to the visual we showed in Module 28, but with a few key differences.

New Feature! Power BI Subscriptions

Posted Jan 17, 2017 by Devin Knight

Power BI Service now has a newly added feature called Power BI Subscriptions. If you’ve worked with any BI, particularly Microsoft BI, you may be familiar with this idea. Wouldn’t it be great to have reports delivered directly to your email whenever things change in the data? Power BI Subscriptions allows you to have the information you need delivered to you right away, so you can see things as they update, instead of having to actively search for information or updates on your reports on the Power BI service.

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