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

Why You Need a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted Jan 12, 2017 by Matt Gordon

As data platform professionals, our number one responsibility is to make sure that the data we are providing to our customers and users is available to them whenever they need it. The last thing we want to have happen is
for our business to lose a customer because their “highly available” data wasn’t available when needed or, worse yet, a datacenter-related disaster meant their data was lost and never available to them.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Sankey Bar Chart

Posted Jan 12, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Sankey Bar Chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Sankey Bar Chart is used to show a flow of data between different stages of a process.

Achieve a GDPR Compliant Data Governance Strategy

Posted Jan 09, 2017 by Brian Knight

The ever-growing need for data protection and security is creating legislation in various forms throughout the world. These laws and regulations often contain strict policies for organisations that handle personal data of citizens and how that data should be handled. One of the largest efforts we’ve seen is the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Power BI Custom Visuals - Percentile Chart

Posted Jan 06, 2017 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Percentile Chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Percentile Chart is used to show a distribution of values over a range. This helps you answer questions like, “What percentage of my customers bought 4 or more items?”

Power BI Custom Visuals - Horizontal Funnel

Posted Dec 29, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Horizontal Funnel Power BI Custom Visual.  The Horizontal Funnel functions somewhat similar to the traditional funnel, but it allows you to display a secondary measure and has a few more customizations than you would normally get. You’ll find that the Horizontal Funnel is great for displaying a flow of data.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Linear Gauge

Posted Dec 22, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Linear Gauge Power BI Custom Visual.  The Linear Gauge is best used to visualize a KPI. It gives you the ability to compare an actual vs. target, as well as showing up to two trend lines.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Dial Gauge

Posted Dec 15, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Dial Gauge Power BI Custom Visual.  While the usefulness of gauges on a dashboard is often debated, this module will show you how to configure one using Power BI. The Dial Gauge is often used to show KPIs.

This Week In Data - Why You Need a Data Warehouse

Posted Dec 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 discuss the importance of having a data warehouse.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Sankey

Posted Dec 08, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Sankey Power BI Custom Visual.  The Sankey is a type of diagram that visualizes the flow of data between a source and destination.

This Week In Data - Why People Are Running to SQL Server

Posted Dec 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 discuss why companies are deciding to move to SQL Server.

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