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Data Lake - Piraeus Consulting

  In the span of my 16-year career, I’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible maturation of data processing and storage in the context of many large business intelligence projects. In the early days, setting up a new data environment was an…

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Machine Learning Piraeus Consulting

  I had done some machine learning in the past but never using Azure’s Machine Learning Studio, and I wanted to give it a try. The following example uses machine learning to predict how individuals respond to a bank’s direct…

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data_reporting Piraeus Consulting

If you’re a seasoned analytics developer, you may be able to relate to the following scenario: You’ve spent more hours than you’d like to admit designing a report that will blow your director away. It has time series drill downs…

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Power BI Designer Piraeus Consulting

  For those who have followed my previous posts on the new Power BI application from Microsoft, you’ve probably already created some fantastic-looking visuals to tell the story of your data. If the art of tapping into a variety of…

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Get Started with SQL on Azure

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If you are a developer interested in leveraging the power of the cloud for your project, Microsoft’s Azure is one of the leading platforms to consider. Microsoft has gone “all-in” on the cloud and that includes the venerable SQL Server. If…

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Power BI Design Piraeus Consulting 2

In previous posts, I’ve detailed how to import, configure, and visualize your data sets in the new Power BI Designer desktop app. But what happens after you’ve done the hard work, and you’re ready to share your impressive new report…

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Power BI Designer Piraeus Consulting

Rock the Mash Pit in Power BI Designer In a previous post (Power BI Get Data: The Mix-Up before the Mash-Up), I reviewed the options available from a vast number of data sources and ways to tailor those data sets prior…

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Excel 2016: The First Week

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As you know, Microsoft is rolling out a new version of Office: Office 2016.  Along with this new rollout comes an upgrade to the old BI standby, Excel. Over the years, the capabilities of Excel have expanded- especially with the…

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Power BI Data Piraeus Consulting

If you’ve explored Microsoft’s new Power BI Designer, you’ve notice one intriguing feature: the number of sources used to pull data. With the source count growing continuously with every weekly update (it’s now up to 42), this array of options…

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How to query TFS within a SSIS package

Data warehouses; the backbone of BI and Marketing Analysis. I recall one client who requested a small data warehouse for internal BI purposes.  They wanted to include Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) data as part of the warehouse.  I needed…

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