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10 Tips to Power BI Training

Posted on October 19, 2018 by Robert Gerads

Millions of users have adopted Microsoft widespread business analytics platform and are seeing their businesses transformed.  Over the past three years, we’ve learned a few tips on how to optimize your teams Power BI training and deployment.  Below are 10 Tips for Power BI Training, that will immediately empower your users. 

Guest Limitations with Azure Site Recovery

Posted on October 08, 2018 by Jeremy Brewer

This week I had a chance to work with a client who wanted to start their journey into Business Continuity Planning using the Azure Site Recovery tool. This was their first-time recovery planning, so they wanted to start with a few non-production machines. They could watch for any performance impacts to the machine and end with a failover test. During the experience, I ran into some issues that I thought would be helpful for others. 

 

What Katrina Taught Me about Disaster Recovery

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Jerry Nelson

An organization I worked with owned a site in New Orleans. Our disaster recovery plan was simple; It required that the General Manager transport the most recent backup tapes to a designated accessible sister site where IT would redeploy the site's data and applications. When Katrina hit, our disaster recovery plan worked flawlessly and we recovered within the prescribed RTO and RPO. However, the 37 employees that used that data to generate revenue for the organization were scattered around the country unable to conduct business leaving our customers with an inferior product. What good is a disaster recovery plan without an associated solid business continuity plan?

Three Reasons Why Common Data Service (CDS) Matters

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Jerry Nelson

What is Common Data Service?

Common Data Service is a cloud-based data storage and management system that standardizes your data across business applications like Dynamics 365, Office 365, mobile apps, and Power BI. 

Your data is stored in standard (or customized) entities, similar to how a table stores data in database. If you use Common Data Service, your suite of business applications feed data predictably to these entities, allowing simple data sharing, data mining, and business intelligence.

Your Marketing Data is Useless. Here's Why:

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Jack Swift

This dashboard probably looks very familiar to you. You might have five or six dashboards you’re watching for ebbs and flows, spikes and surges. Maybe you have a very advanced process that involves downloading data into Excel and mashing different channels together. But that doesn’t sound very advanced, does it? Manual data entry? Staring at four online dashboards, commenting on "this one is up, or this is down"? There’s nothing advanced here. It doesn’t tell you how people responded, how their interactions lead to anything. Do you let your marketing data impact future creative decisions? If it's not producing marketing intelligence, your marketing data is completely useless.

Demystifying the Azure Talent Shortage

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Robert Gerads

4 Solutions to the Azure talent gap 

Business transformation and optimization are major drivers behind cloud adoption today. Azure, Microsoft's public cloud, is the fastest growing public cloud platform in the world. Azure has emerged as a leader in the public cloud space given its emphasis on innovation, enterprise scalability, and security.

Customer Success Story: Marketing Intelligence with Power BI

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Robert Gerads

"Last night, we had a happy hour to celebrate burning Joe's Excel spreadsheet."

Those were the exact words out of the mouth of the Director of Marketing at a global med-tech company based in Minneapolis. Just a few months earlier, Beyond Impact helped deploy a Marketing Intelligence Solution leveraging Power BI to migrate an Excel spreadsheet that essentially ran the entire Retail Marketing division. This Excel spreadsheet was held together with duct-tape and elbow grease, leading the client to say, "there has to be a better way to work with our marketing reports." 

Garbage Collection in Powershell to Speed Scripts

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Cole McDonald

I've recently produced a couple of scripts that produce large, in memory objects that they're storing out to a CSV file as they go.  My thread counts for Powershell are running high as I'm looping through several instances of these larger objects.  Although my CPU and Memory are fine per the Resource Manager, the script is running very slowly and the thread count continues to rise.

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.

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