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Build Your Power BI Sandbox

Posted on April 09, 2018 by Robert Gerads

Growing up in a small town near Lake Mille Lacs, a good 90-minutes north of the Twin Cities, much of my learning as a little boy happened in a sandbox. Not the giant plastic turtle you see in Walmart today. Rather, an oversized wood structure filled with sand and a collection of old metal Tonka Trucks. I would spend the summer days building roads, bridges, castles, and rivers. I engineered high-security prisons for frogs I caught. I threw sand at my older brother and occasionally we tangled with a garden hose, much to my mother's displeasure. Every night I'd come in for dinner covered head to toe in dirt. Little did I realize, I spent those long summer days learning physics and engineering in the sandbox. I've always learned by just digging in. My childhood story really has nothing to do with Power BI - it simply points out the fact we can learn so much more when we get our hands dirty

5 Goal Setting Techniques to Power through February (And On)

Posted on February 15, 2018 by Jack Swift

Have you given up on your New Year's Resolution already? Surprisingly (or maybe not), February is usually when people drop out of their "New Year, New Me" mantra. Reality sets in, the gym feels a million miles away at 5:00 am, maybe saving money is overrated. It's easy to talk yourself out of the whole thing.

Power BI Visualization: All that Glitters is Not Gold

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Teal Derheim

We have all heard that sage advice since as far back as we can remember,  "all that glitters is not gold."  This rings true in data visualizations in Power BI. As part of our ongoing Power BI blogs, we are here to help you transform your business data into an engine that drives insights. Check out our full Resource Library for more.

 The purpose of data visualization is to simplify, messy, and overwhelming data to solve a business problem. Enable decision makers to make insightful, data-driven decisions. To understand what great data visualization is, a good place to start is find out what it is not.

Critical Talent Shortage: Data + Analytics + Cloud

Posted on December 06, 2017 by Robert Gerads

During my recruiting days - I naturally sought the thrill of chasing down the nearly impossible candidate. The type of candidate with a minimal digital foot-print, and a LinkedIn profile of fewer than 60 followers. The bulk of my time was spent seeking the ever-elusive mobile developer long before anyone had heard of Xamarian. Well before Microsoft's acquisition of the mobile cross-platform tool. Coffee meetings, technical user-groups, tossing around astronomical salaries. Or so I thought at the time. Emerging technology was driving this market and every organization was desperate to discover adequate talent.

SQL Saturday 2017 "Midwest Tour"

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Robert Gerads

I kissed my wife and three boys good-bye, and jumped in my car to begin my 269-mile trek across the border to Madison, Wisconsin.  As a Minnesotan, we don't typically cross the border unless we have perfectly good reason.  I was pondering my future.  In the weeks leading up to this point, I had a few unique opportunities surface and was on the verge of accepting an opportunity to build a Microsoft Data, Analytics and Cloud practice for a company downtown Minneapolis.I had developed a strong belief in the "new Microsoft" under Satya Nadella and Microsoft's Data Analytics ecosystem - featuring products like Azure, Power BI, Machine Learning. I also could sense there was something special about the community of users - but couldn't quite put my finger on it. I mean, on any given Saturday ordinary people are freely giving up their Saturday to spend a day rubbing shoulders with their tech-peers and learning.

Using MomCertImport.exe  in a Powershell Workflow to Automate Certificate Deployment on SCOM Gateways

Posted on November 09, 2017 by Cole McDonald
In my continuing efforts to fully automate a SCOM environmental deployment, I've been tackling how to go about automating registering the SCOM gateways to the Management Server Pool.  I've got most of the process done, but the certificate registration has tried to elude me as the MOMcertImport tool doesn't work directly from Powershell.  Luckily, Powershell allows us to work around that using the Start-Process cmdlet to run an executable application in its own cmd.exe instance.

Office 365: Stay in the game and stay agile

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Molly Burgess

Just like a sports game, companies have to train hard, use the latest technologies and strategies to out play their opponent and keep their rankings.

Power BI: Use the Ladle Please

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Robert Gerads

Up here in the North Country the chill of the fall weather is just starting to set in. Over the next few months we'll hit some bone chilling temperatures and dig out the long-underwear. Nothing warms the heart and soul like a hearty bowl of soup, especially one perfected through the years with a bit of Grandma's love. If Grandma has taught us anything, it's that when you serve her soup you don't use a teaspoon - you use the ladle. 

Using SCOM to Automate the OMS Workspace Fix

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Cole McDonald

Last time (Fixing OMS Workspaces) we looked a way to repair or distribute OMS Workspace settings using Powershell.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could leverage SCOM's access to individual machines to be able to keep them attached to the workspaces?  If we could pull this off, we could minimize the amount of time we're blind to each server in our environment.  Why use SCOM to push OMS settings?

Azure OMS Workspace Settings Disappearing

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Cole McDonald

We've seen some interesting behaviors in Azure with the Healthservice Agent which provides the connection to SCOM in our hosted environment and OMS in Azure.  The management groups registered with the service (Healthservice - Microsoft Management Agent - MMA for short) seem to disappear every once in a while.  We suspect it happens during updates to the agent (extension if you're deploying from the Azure portal).

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