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How to Create Measure Tables, Display Folders, and Organize your Measures in Power BI

January 7 2021

How to Create Measure Tables, Display Folders, and Organize your Measures in Power BI

Recently while working with a customer I was presented with a challenge that I hadn’t considered before; they have more than 50 measures in a dataset and asked for the best practices around organizing them. After pausing for a bit too long, I said I would get back to them and provide our recommendations. I then proceeded to spend the better part of 2 days agonizing over how to make a simple yet robust system for organizing measures for both dataset developers and report builders.

Why are landing zones essential to Azure success?

January 6 2021

Why are landing zones essential to Azure success?

So here you are sitting down at your desk with a fresh cup of coffee to begin another workday from home. You open Outlook to check your e-mail and review your calendar for the day. You hop on your morning Teams meeting and then the voice of a colleague intones, “The marketing team wants to put their website in Azure, and we want to do it quickly.” Suddenly, that dark brew coffee tastes a little bitter, the leather chair feels a little stiff.

Intro to DataFlows

December 29 2020

Intro to DataFlows

DataFlows is one of the more exciting features added to Power BI of late. It allows anyone with experience in Power BI to create full ETL solutions through a few clicks rather than the traditional futzing around with SSIS, Stored Procedures, or any of the other multitudes of products and solutions out there.

Let's step through a common scenario using DataFlows, sourcing some data from SQL server:

Understanding the Limitations of Authentication Session Management with Conditional Access

December 4 2020

Understanding the Limitations of Authentication Session Management with Conditional Access

New to conditional access is session control where you can define sign-in frequency and persistent browser session. This requires Azure AD P1.

.NET Conf 2020

December 1 2020

.NET Conf 2020

It is that time of year again. Microsoft just finished the .NET Conf 2020 talks and there is a lot here to unpack. With the pending merge of the .NET Core and .NET Framework projects into .NET 5, we knew this was going to be a big year for developers. And Microsoft did not disappoint. Follow along for some overviews and deep dives into what Microsoft announced, and what that means for development teams and your custom software going forward into 2021.

Benefits of Azure for Small to Medium Business

November 24 2020

Benefits of Azure for Small to Medium Business

Don’t Let IT Challenges Distract Your Business

November 23 2020

Don’t Let IT Challenges Distract Your Business

In today’s modern business environment, reliable digital infrastructure is essential and having access to real-time IT support is a resource that you can’t afford to live without. Fortunately, contrary to popular belief, you have cost-effective options that can provide some peace of mind.

Protecting Your Browser Session with Isolated Sessions

October 26 2020

What is Microsoft Defender Application Guard?

Attackers often hijack browser sessions to steal and/or manipulate data. In addition, they run malicious code to steal passwords, plant trojans, ransomware, and other activities to penetrate your network.

How-to Read Office Documents with PowerShell

October 22 2020

Powershell

Modern Microsoft Office documents are created with Open XML formatting. PowerPoint, Word, and Excel documents are mostly created with an Open format that is widely documented with SDK available. There are a couple of ways to install the SDK, but with Windows 10, this process is even easier.

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