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Power BI Custom Visuals - Chiclet Slicer

Posted Oct 06, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Chiclet Slicer Power BI Custom Visual.  The Chiclet Slicer is similar to a Slicer filter natively available in Power BI but has a lot more flexibility and includes the ability to use images instead of text as filters.

This Week In Data - The Importance of Data Testing

Posted Oct 05, 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, guest host Tim Moolic discusses the importance of data testing with Adam and Devin.

Tips on Keeping Your Data Safe

Posted Oct 04, 2016 by Dan Taylor

Do you Yahoo? Well if you do, your personal information could now be in the hands of folks up to no good. Yahoo began releasing information to the media that at least 500 million user accounts have been compromised. According to reports, data gathered by the hackers was Personally Identifiable Information (PII), not financial data.  Hackers are going to find ways to bypass our security measures put in place. Even knowing that our information could be compromised, it is in our best interest to do all we can to protect our data.

SQL Server 2016 – Data Masking and Always Encrypted

Posted Oct 03, 2016 by Sean Werick

What Dynamic Data Masking Is

Dynamic data masking limits (DDM) sensitive data exposure by masking it to non-privileged users. It can be used to greatly simplify the design and coding of security in your application.The purpose of dynamic data masking is to limit exposure of sensitive data, preventing users who should not have access to the data from viewing it. Dynamic data masking does not aim to prevent database users from connecting directly to the database and running exhaustive queries that expose pieces of the sensitive data.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Steam Graph

Posted Sep 29, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Stream Graph chart Power BI Custom Visual.  The Stream Graph is similar to a Stacked Area Chart, but has more of a fluid look and feel to it. You’ll find this visual often useful when displaying data across time.

This Week In Data - Why Companies are Choosing Power BI

Posted Sep 28, 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 going to discuss the top 5 reasons why companies are adopting Power BI. 

Rethink How You Approach Staff Augmentation

Posted Sep 26, 2016 by Ryan Dowd

Good help is hard to find. The old adage still rings true today.

Business literally moves at the speed of light these days. That’s a good thing, right? Well yes! However, IT teams are being asked to do more than ever to support the business in keeping up with the competition.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Sunburst

Posted Sep 22, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the  Power BI Custom Visual Sunburst.  The Sunburst chart is similar to the standard donut chart but allows you to show multiple levels at once, which is great when presenting hierarchical data.

This Week In Data - Data Visualization Best Practices

Posted Sep 21, 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 some data visualization best practices.

Expand Your Reporting Skills with Our New SSRS Mobile Reports Course!

Posted Sep 15, 2016 by Pragmatic Works

This week, we released a new course called Mobile Reports and Dashboards with SSRS 2016! This course is roughly 7-hours in length and is focused on showing off the dashboarding and mobile reporting capabilities of Reporting Services 2016.

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