Sharing Photos of Technical Books Is a Good First Step

Reading Time: 2 minutes A strange trend has developed on social media where people share pictures of technical books they have recently purchased. Sometimes, they share photos of shelves of books they’ve accumulated over the years. This technique obviously works better in print because there are not many people sharing screenshots of digital books. It’s also very difficult to…

Animated GIF Backgrounds in Power BI

Reading Time: 2 minutes Although I hesitate to publish this post, did you know that Power BI allows animated GIFs as backgrounds for report pages? I’m not advocating the use of animated GIFs in data visualization. Instead, I’m simply pointing out the possibilities in the tool. There are small variations between the image formats and behavior when inserting an…

Customize the Power BI Report Builder Map Gallery

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of the defining features of Power BI’s [paginated] Report Builder vs the current geospatial offerings in Power BI Desktop is the native support for ESRI Shapefiles. If you have worked with maps in Report Builder over the years, you may have used the Map Gallery. The Map Gallery offers a collection of built-in geographies,…

Microsoft R: A Revolution in Advanced Analytics

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the benefits of working on a team at BlueGranite is the collective expertise that I can tap into when needed. Whether it’s a skill that I am learning or a problem that I am stumped on, one or more of my colleagues typically has the ability to point me in the right direction. To…

Beyond Analytics: The Cortana Intelligence Suite

Reading Time: 3 minutes Goodbye Cortana Analytics. Hello Cortana Intelligence. In an announcement at the Build conference today, Microsoft revealed the changing face of Cortana Analytics for Azure. More than simple semantic changes, the Cortana Intelligence Suite now includes the new Bot Framework. Cortana Intelligence also reflects the inclusion of the Project Oxford APIs as Cognitive Services. In addition to placing greater focus on “intelligence”…