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10 Tips to Power BI Training

Oct 19, 2018 2:18:44 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in Power BI

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Millions of users have adopted Microsoft's 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. 

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Demystifying the Azure Talent Shortage

May 23, 2018 9:24:16 AM / by Robert Gerads posted in Azure

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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.

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Customer Success Story: Marketing Intelligence with Power BI

Apr 25, 2018 1:12:43 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in Analytics, Business Intelligence, Content Marketing, Data, Marketing, Power BI, Excel Analtyics, Data Analytics

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"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." 

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Build Your Power BI Sandbox

Apr 9, 2018 1:20:38 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data, training, Power BI, Data Analytics

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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

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Critical Talent Shortage: Data + Analytics + Cloud

Dec 6, 2017 3:28:52 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in Recruiting, Data Analytics

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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.

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SQL Saturday 2017 "Midwest Tour"

Nov 22, 2017 12:55:32 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in SQL Server, SQL Saturday

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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.

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Power BI: Use the Ladle Please

Oct 16, 2017 11:06:00 PM / by Robert Gerads posted in Analytics, Power BI Report Server, Data Visualization, Power BI, Cube, Tabular Model, Excel Analtyics

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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. 

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