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Power BI Custom Visuals - Card with States

Posted Aug 04, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Card with States Power BI Custom Visual. The Card with States allows for you to have a value displayed with an indicator that can be manually adjusted or data-driven. Check out http://okviz.com/ for more details on this and other visuals or view my previous blog posts.

EXPOSED: 9 Truths and a Lie for Our 9th Anniversary

Posted Aug 03, 2016 by Devon Stiles

Last week to honor our 9th Anniversary, we posted 9 truths and a lie about the history of Pragmatic Works and asked you to try and pick out the lie. In the poll, about half of the results correctly identified the lie, and the rest of the results were pretty scattered. Today, we're here to uncover the lie and share some of the evidence regarding the truths. 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Posted Aug 02, 2016 by Tim Moolic

Twenty one members of the Pragmatic Works Sales Team took a trip to steamy Fenway Park last week to celebrate an awesome Q2 in software sales .  The Sales Team sat in the sun-drenched seats where it was over 100 degrees with no relief other than beer and lots of water.  Unfortunately, the Sox lost in a nail biter when Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera homered in the 9th inning to end the tie game.   All agreed the next sporting event will be a Bruins ice hockey game. :)

Key Takeaways from WPC 2016

Posted Aug 01, 2016 by Adam Jorgensen

I just got back from Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. I was there with our alliance team and it was an incredible week! We joined over 16,000 other partner leaders to hear about what Microsoft has planned, how they want to work with us and to give them feedback on how things have been going.

9 Truths and a Lie for Our 9th Anniversary

Posted Jul 28, 2016 by Devon Stiles

Over the past 9 years, we’ve had some hilarious and odd occurrences happen in our office - some that are barely believable! In honor of our anniversary, we thought it’d be fun to share some of these stories in a round of 9 truths and a lie. Can you spot the lie in the following Pragmatic Works memories?

Power BI Custom Visuals - Chord

Posted Jul 28, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Chord Power BI Custom Visual. Chord diagrams show directed relationships among a group of entities using colored lines (chords); this allows for an easy representation of correlating data. If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Next Generation Data Validation, Put an End to Your Bad Data Days

Posted Jul 22, 2016 by Tim Moolic

As the COO of a company, Tim understands the important role data plays in a business's success. Whether it's annual reports, forecasting sales or making important decisions for the business's future, Tim relies on data - data he knows is accurate because it's been tested and validated.

Pragmatic Works helps customers all over the world with their data-centric challenges. If it involves data, we’ve pretty much done it. One challenge our customers continue to see, and we experience ourselves, is the random and unexpected bad result. These are results that cause our business users and customers to question the validity of the reports we produce for them. Even with Master Data Management, Data Cleansing and products like DQS, companies continue to wrestle with bad data. But why?

Power BI Custom Visuals - Dot Plot

Posted Jul 21, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Dot Plot Power BI Custom Visual. The Dot Plot is often used when visualizing a distribution of values or a count of an occurrence across different categorical data you may have. Watch this module to learn more! If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Enhanced Scatter

Posted Jul 13, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Enhanced Scatter Power BI Custom Visual.  This new-and-improved scatter chart allows for more customization and better data representation over the standard scatter chart that is provided to you by default with Power BI. If you want to learn more about Power BI Custom Visuals, view my previous blog posts.

Power BI Custom Visuals - Histogram

Posted Jul 07, 2016 by Devin Knight

In this module, you will learn how to use the Histogram, a Power BI Custom Visual. A Histogram is a column chart which shows the distribution of occurrences divided into categories, called bins. This type of chart is useful for estimating density and discovering outliers.

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