Case Study: Are You Developing Power BI Reports the Right Way?

Data is king, or queen depending on your household dynamics. How you communicate that data and its impact to your clients can help or hurt your business. Both your short and long term relationships can hang in the balance, which is why the quality and delivery of your Power BI reports are everything.

Case Study: Power BI Report Development

In this blog post mini-series, we will be taking you through the process of creating a Power BI report. The demo report draws from one we created for a client as part of a larger dashboard project. It implements a line chart to visualize the weather on Mars.

The actual report we developed had nothing to do with Mars, space, or weather, but you should find it useful to understand how real-life issues can be resolved and optimizations can be employed. The first post in the series focuses on data-prep and implementation of a legend slicer.

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Happy Holidays from Mi4!

We will be away from the office eating cookies and drinking hot chocolate on Monday 12/24/18 and Tuesday 12/25/18.

We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday 12/26/18.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. Eat until your heart’s content.

Mi4 will be closed through the weekend. We will resume normal business hours on Monday November 26.

The NEW Mi4.com

We launched our updated Mi4.com website this week! Developed in-house, we think it is a big improvement over our old site, but we’re biased. So don’t take our word for it, head over to Mi4.com and tell us what you think.

In my last post I mentioned that you would be seeing more of our new logo and that we had several releases planned in the near future. I was not pulling your leg. These are busy, exciting times at Mi4. Stay tuned.

Redgate Certified Partner

Mi4 is excited to announce that we are now a Redgate Certified Partner.

Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day.

Mi4 customers have actually been enjoying the benefits of Redgate’s tools for years without realizing it. We employ SQL Compare to rollout updates across all of our customers’ databases and use SQL Monitor to ensure the Productioneer databases are operating at peak performance.

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CockroachDB Test Drive

We do a lot at Mi4. We create turnkey applications, custom software solutions, provide BI and data visualization consulting, software integrations, cloud migrations, cloud to on-premise connectivity, and a bunch of other stuff that is slipping my mind right now. We also write fascinating and insightful blogs.

Because we offer so many IT solutions we keep a pulse on what’s going on in the IT world around us. We stay abreast of updates, changes, and new feature options that are available on the platforms we currently use, but we also keep an eye out for new products and techniques that could benefit our customers.

I came across one of these products called CockroachDB while naviguant sur Internet (French for “doing market research”). CockroachDB is a cloud-native SQL Database; a new breed of solution that is a consistently-replicated, transactional datastore by default. Now the name “CockroachDB” makes more sense doesn’t it?
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Putting on Augusta….

We recently added a putting green to the office for goofing off, gambling, entertaining clients, keeping our skills sharp for the weekend, to relax so we’ll be more productive.

Mi4’s  address is 1502 Augusta Dr Suite 430, Houston, TX 77057….so I’ve played on Augusta.

I feel like there’s also a pun that can be made from being on Augusta DRIVE….if you think of one leave a comment.

Disclaimer: I am neither a photographer or a hand model

The Snapchat UI Change from a Historical Perspective

I’ve been casually following the recent Snapchat UI change that has generated a lot of discussion. I am not an avid Snapchat user so I don’t have much skin in the game but I like to keep track of UI trends and developer/end-user/shareholder relations. I’m a nerd like that….sorry, I mean: “I am a professional like that.”

The UI change has raised questions about whether a company should trust their R&D and stand by their change, if they should listen to a large outcry from it’s user base to roll back some of the change elements, and what impact UI changes can have on stock prices.

I looked at other UI changes that generated similar debate. Facebook, Windows, and iTunes have all had UI changes resulting in loud outcries from their users. Continue reading “The Snapchat UI Change from a Historical Perspective”