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Change to Spare: Embracing technology change in the workplace.

March 31 2021

The only thing that never changes is that things always change. How we work through the change we experience makes all the difference in whether the outcome is positive or negative. That being said, not all change is equal. What are the factors that contribute to that positive or negative experience?

Key questions to ask before a modern analytics migration

February 23 2021

Key questions to ask before a modern analytics migration

Migrating to a modern analytics platform allows for growth and scale as demand for data increases. The flexibility to transform data into actionable insights allows companies to operate faster and more efficiently. In this post, we will review some of the key questions that often assist a smooth migration.

Does the SolarWinds breach have you searching for a new Systems Monitoring solution?

February 10 2021

System Center Operations Manager

The recent SolarWinds breach is in all the IT and news headlines. This has caused IT decision-makers to rethink/re-evaluate their current Systems Monitoring solutions if they are a SolarWinds customer. This is where a tried-and-true platform from Microsoft may be able to assist in the decision-making process.

DAX Day is a thing. We invented it. You're welcome.

February 9 2021

DAX stands for Data Analysis Expressions.

You may ask yourself, "Why is DAX important?"

 

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.

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