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Revisiting Self-Service BI Governance
1 year ago

Revisiting Self-Service BI Governance

How are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions? You have to be doing better than me. I get an F in January = total failure. Despite all the workout gear …
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Revolutionizing Microsoft Analytics
1 year ago

Revolutionizing Microsoft Analytics

Shhhh…everyone is asleep. Finally I can sneak into my home office, light up the lovely Sun & Sand Yankee Candle, and spin up the Azure Microsoft Data Science Virtual Machine …
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My Favorite Public Data Sources
1 year ago

My Favorite Public Data Sources

Where to get public data? In this article, I will share a few of my personal favorite public data sources. Combining public data in your own analytics projects can add …
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December 2015 Microsoft BI World News
1 year ago

December 2015 Microsoft BI World News

Here we go again! Another month means another deluge of announcements and feature releases from various Microsoft teams. There is no such thing as slowing down for the holidays in Redmond. For time-starved technical …
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BI Wars: Microsoft Awakens
1 year ago

BI Wars: Microsoft Awakens

A long time ago in a galaxy of data far, far away….

Mega-vendors and niche vendors aligned forces to expand on-premises business Intelligence battles into the cloud. The increasing commotion awakened …
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SQL Server and Power BI Holiday Gifts
2 years ago

SQL Server and Power BI Holiday Gifts

In traditional Microsoft style, the SQL Server and Power BI teams just released a few totally amazing downloads for the holidays including the highly anticipated SQL Server 2016 CTP 3.2 and the latest …
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Dear Santa Let Me Explain
2 years ago

Dear Santa Let Me Explain

Although 2015 was a fantastic year for Microsoft SQL Server BI and Power BI, it was not a good year for me. Dear Santa, I know the 2015 Underwood Family Task …
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November 2015 Microsoft BI World News
2 years ago

November 2015 Microsoft BI World News

Another month means another flurry of updates were released across Microsoft’s BI and analytics offerings. There is no such thing as a holiday slowdown for these teams. The external momentum now continues growing …
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Storytelling with Infographics: Where to Start
2 years ago

Storytelling with Infographics: Where to Start

My love for this profession is more of a sickness. Those of us that have this illness, can’t resist the temptation to dig in, play and visualize data. With the latest November Power BI Desktop release, …
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R You Ready for SQL Server 2016?
2 years ago

R You Ready for SQL Server 2016?

It is a late night here in Tampa – 2:04AM EST to be exact. Pups are snoring. Crickets are chirping. Classical music is quietly playing on my little iTunes gadget. …
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Power BI Desktop Tips & Tricks
2 years ago

Power BI Desktop Tips & Tricks

After an intense but awesome two weeks on the road in Redmond for PASS Summit, MVP Summit and catching up with my peers on the Power BI and SQL Server …
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October 2015 Microsoft BI World News
2 years ago

October 2015 Microsoft BI World News

The tidal wave of wonderful business intelligence news from PASS Summit 2015 and the gorgeous view from my hotel window of fall leaf colors in their full glory are keeping me smiling this weekend. …
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NEW Alteryx Visual Analytics Kit for Microsoft
2 years ago

NEW Alteryx Visual Analytics Kit for Microsoft

Alteryx is a rising star in the world of self-service ETL and analytics. I wrote about their offering from time to time when I was an independent analyst and truly …
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Revealing the Splendor in Power BI Desktop
2 years ago

Revealing the Splendor in Power BI Desktop

Get ready for the most awesome data month ever to continue! Data discovery, cloud BI and big data are exploding areas of the market with new, wild and exciting announcements. …
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Real-Time Twitter Analytics with Azure and Power BI
2 years ago

Real-Time Twitter Analytics with Azure and Power BI

I love Sunday nights. Nice breeze flowing through the open windows, crickets chirping, pups resting, social networks are slower paced and email is still fairly quiet while Redmond is enjoying …
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September 2015 Microsoft BI World News
2 years ago

September 2015 Microsoft BI World News

Microsoft development is literally moving at the speed of light. The massive daily waves of September releases have been impossible to track. As promised, I will share as much as I …
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Did you Buy a Self-Service BI Fantasy?
2 years ago

Did you Buy a Self-Service BI Fantasy?

As I gaze outside my quiet home office window watching an alligator in the pond, I am reminded of my mostly isolated virtual reality. Not even a rare splurge on chocolate chip cookie dough …
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A New World of Data
2 years ago

A New World of Data

Finally on a quiet 17 hour flight over the Pacific Ocean to Australia with no Gogo internet access, I completely disconnected from the all the constant digital buzz and rejuvenated …
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August 2015 Microsoft BI World News
2 years ago

August 2015 Microsoft BI World News

After an absolutely incredible July, Microsoft Power BI teams showed no signs of slowing down. The Power BI Desktop team released a key feature to import existing Excel 2013 Power BI …
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How To Visually Analyze Predictive Models in Power BI
2 years ago

How To Visually Analyze Predictive Models in Power BI

One of my passions in life is predictive analytics. Countless blogs and presentations have been inspired by my endless appetite to evaluate a myriad of predictive tools. A few weeks …
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