Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

Internet of Things (IoT) Part 1: A game changer

What is IoT? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase still unknown to 80% of people, yet it is a reality that will change the world. It refers to devices that collect and transmit data through the Internet. According to a recent survey it is estimated that in the next 20 years, IoT investments and related jobs will contribute about $10 – $15 trillion to global GDP.…

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Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

Trends and Takeaways from SQL PASS

I recently attended SQL PASS Summit in Seattle, a conference focusing on Microsoft Data Platform users. The conference brings over 4000 people from around the world who all get excited about data to one place. This year, Microsoft unveiled a handful of new products and a slew of upgrades and new features to existing products.…

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Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

Configuring Custom Render Formats for SQL Server Reporting Services in SharePoint-Integrated Mode

SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) is a very versatile tool, allowing report users to export reports in many standard render formats, including Excel, PDF, CSV, and many others. However, there are many reasons why a user may need to export a report in a non-standard format. For example, a user may need to export data from an SSRS report in to a legacy application that requires a very...

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Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Conquering Supply Chain Data Disparity

Many manufacturing and distribution companies are trying to leverage data in order to solve a variety of business problems. Some companies are focused on improving delays or inaccuracies in order fulfillment. Some are trying to consolidate logistics spend or improve forecast accuracy; while others look to streamline inventory levels and more efficiently store product.…

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The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

The Big Data Analytics Revolution – How Big Data Has Changed Business Intelligence

Big Data is mainstream. Over the past few years, the Big Data buzz has dissipated as companies look to shift from awareness to action. At O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop conference last September, I was excited to hear the victorious claim that Big Data had gone mainstream and ever since I have seen evidence through our clients, partners, and publicized examples of Big Data cases.…

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Advanced QlikView Security Permissions

Advanced QlikView Security Permissions

When developing dashboards that display sensitive information, there are often a variety of security requirements that must be considered during design and development. These requirements depend on the number and types of users and the structure of the business. Very commonly, some users should have access to only a subset of data while others should be able to view all of the data. …

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Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Why You Should Blend Instead of Join in Tableau

Data blending in Tableau is the operation of combining multiple data sources into the same view by finding common fields between them to join on. Unlike an ordinary join, which combines data sources at the lowest granularity before any aggregation is done, a data blend can join data sources after aggregation is performed on the individual sources; ultimately limiting the number of records that...

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How to Prepare for the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam for Free

How to Prepare for the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam for Free

I recently took the Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate Exam and passed it without spending anything on preparation materials. Having taken other certification exams before, I knew that study guides issued by exam providers don’t always provide the most thorough methods of preparation. In preparing for this exam, I was unsure about the best approach for studying, and ended up exhausting the...

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Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Is Data Warehousing really dead?

Traditional data warehousing was pioneered by Ralph Kimball and Bill Inmon in 1970s to address growing problem of accessing data for reporting and analytics from multiple disparate data sources. Key drivers and goals of data warehousing are: Collect data from multiple sources into a single repository Expose data for reporting and analytics in a performant way Keep full history of data...

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Power your Project Management with Power Query

Power your Project Management with Power Query

When running a project, every project manager (PM) maintains a task list, in some form or fashion, to be able to track their progress. Sometimes the PM manages and maintains one task list; however, when projects scale, more complex tracking techniques are needed. A common problem for PMs is the need to consolidate data from several teams, in the form of task lists, status reports or weekly...

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Demystifying Elasticsearch

Demystifying Elasticsearch

Is your app’s searching capability not scaling to meet added load? Do your searches slow as your transactional data volume grows? Do you have complex, hard to maintain stored procedures that function as your main search components? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have spent some time looking at search technologies, such as Elasticsearch, Solr, Lucene, and SQL...

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