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5 Reasons why Azure Synapse Analytics should be on your roadmap

5 Reasons why Azure Synapse Analytics should be on your roadmap

James Broome

Explore 5 key reasons to choose Azure Synapse Analytics for your cloud data needs, based on years of experience in driving customer outcomes.
Power BI Embedded: Convention-based dynamic Row-level Security

Power BI Embedded: Convention-based dynamic Row-level Security

Ed Freeman

Explore Power BI Embedded for ISVs, using JavaScript library for personalization, Row-level Security, and modifying Embed Requests for data filtering.
Depositing Cheques via a Mobile Banking Experience

Depositing Cheques via a Mobile Banking Experience

Paul Waller

It is possibly that I have only recently discovered one of my favourite pieces of UX whilst on lockdown - Mobile cheques deposits via digital imaging in my banking app. In this short post I share my experience of discovering a simple but practical piece of UX that made me happy.
C# 8.0 nullable references: transcending the type system with AllowNull

C# 8.0 nullable references: transcending the type system with AllowNull

Ian Griffiths

Explore C# 8.0 nullable references & AllowNull attribute for better null-related bug detection and enhanced expressiveness in properties & generics.
Maintaining communication and relationships within a remote team

Maintaining communication and relationships within a remote team

Carmel Eve

With a lot of people all over the world suddenly finding themselves working remotely, I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I think is one of the most challenging parts of a company going fully remote: maintaining relationships.
How can I improve my data model in Power BI?

How can I improve my data model in Power BI?

Carmel Eve

Explore how to configure model properties in Power BI for enhanced discoverability and improved data visualisation support.
C# 8.0 nullable references: get better results with nullability attributes

C# 8.0 nullable references: get better results with nullability attributes

Ian Griffiths

C# 8.0 nullable references enable us to annotate our code with information that lets the compiler discover possible null-related bugs.
Why Power BI developers should care about the read/write XMLA endpoint

Why Power BI developers should care about the read/write XMLA endpoint

James Broome

Whilst "read/write XMLA endpoint" might seem like a technical mouthful, its addition to Power BI is a significant milestone in the strategy of bringing Power BI and Analysis Services closer together. As well as closing the gap between IT-managed workloads and self-service BI, it presents a number of new opportunities for Power BI developers in terms of tooling, process and integrations. This post highlights some of the key advantages of this new capability and what they mean for the Power BI developer.
What should I do next? - How to choose accomplishable tasks

What should I do next? - How to choose accomplishable tasks

Carmel Eve

If, like me, you often find yourself unable to decide how to spend your time productively, it might be worth giving this post a read! Here Carmel runs through some of the things to consider when deciding which task to tackle next. These tasks can be anything from "send out finance report", to "call mum", to "decide where to go on holiday next year". We have a huge amount of options when deciding how to spend our time, so here are some strategies for whittling down that choice!
5 tips for an awesome Windows Terminal experience

5 tips for an awesome Windows Terminal experience

Mike Evans-Larah

Improve the already-great Windows Terminal experience by following these tips for customizing the application to work best for you.
C# 8.0 nullable references: getting started in an existing codebase

C# 8.0 nullable references: getting started in an existing codebase

Ian Griffiths

C# 8.0's nullable references feature dramatically changes a fundamental aspect of the language. In this post, Ian explains how to you can soften the impact by enabling gradually across your projects.
How does Azure Key Vault help me secure my data?

How does Azure Key Vault help me secure my data?

Carmel Eve

Azure Key Vault safeguards encryption keys & secrets for secure data access. It offers isolated storage, AD integration, RBAC, and access policies.
Learning DAX and Power BI – CALCULATE

Learning DAX and Power BI – CALCULATE

Carmel Eve

This is the final blog in a series about DAX and Power BI. This post focuses on the CALCULATE function, which is a unique function in DAX. The CALCULATE function has the ability to alter filter contexts, and therefore can be used to enable extremely powerful and complex processing. This post covers some of the most common scenarios for using CALCULATE, and some of the gotchas in the way in which these different features interact!
Testing Power BI Reports using SpecFlow and .NET

Testing Power BI Reports using SpecFlow and .NET

James Broome

Ensure Power BI report quality by connecting to tabular models, executing scenario-based specs, and validating data, business rules, and security.
Data modelling with Power BI - Loading and shaping data

Data modelling with Power BI - Loading and shaping data

Carmel Eve

Explore data modelling in Power BI, including loading, shaping, and enhancing data. Learn key steps and practical examples.
Handling upheaval and navigating uncertain times

Handling upheaval and navigating uncertain times

Carmel Eve

I doubt that it's escaped anyone's notice that we have suddenly been thrown into a world which is pretty unrecognisable from that of even a few weeks ago. And I don't think any of us can claim to be managine it well all of the time, but in this post Carmel runs through some of the strategies and coping mechanisms which have helped her adjust.
C# 8.0 nullable references: inferred (non-)nullness

C# 8.0 nullable references: inferred (non-)nullness

Ian Griffiths

Ian discusses inferred nullness and its significance in C# 8.0's new Nullable References feature.
Learning DAX and Power BI – Related Tables and Relationships

Learning DAX and Power BI – Related Tables and Relationships

Carmel Eve

This is the sixth blog in a series about DAX and Power BI. This post focuses on relationships and related tables. These relationships allow us to build up intricate and powerful models using a combination of sources and tables. The use of relationships in DAX powers many of the features around slicing and page filtering of reports.
Recording of Azure Oxford talk on combatting illegal fishing with Azure (for less than £10/month)

Recording of Azure Oxford talk on combatting illegal fishing with Azure (for less than £10/month)

Carmel Eve

Jess and Carmel recently gave a talk at Azure Oxford on Combatting illegal fishing with Machine Learning and Azure - for less than £10 / month. The recording of that talk is now available for viewing!The talk focuses on the recent work we completed with OceanMind. They run through how to construct a cloud-first architecture based on serverless and data analytics technologies and explore the important principles and challenges in designing this kind of solution. Finally, we see how the architecture we designed through this process not only provides all the benefits of the cloud (reliability, scalability, security), but because of the pay-as-you-go compute model, has a compute cost that we could barely believe!
Testing Power BI Dataflows using SpecFlow and the Common Data Model

Testing Power BI Dataflows using SpecFlow and the Common Data Model

James Broome

Ensure reliable insights with endjin's automated quality gates for validating Power BI Dataflows in complex solutions.
Effectively managing mental capacity

Effectively managing mental capacity

Carmel Eve

We are currently living in extremely uncertain times. As we try to process these changes, many of us have found that we do not have the same mental capacity we once did. Some of that might be due to extra constraints on our time, but a lot of our brain-power is also spent trying to process the huge worldwide changes which are currently taking place. In this blog, Carmel talks about some techniques for managing that mental capacity, and how those apply in an ever-changing world.
C# 8.0 nullable references: embrace the expressiveness

C# 8.0 nullable references: embrace the expressiveness

Ian Griffiths

C# 8.0 nullable references detect null-related errors and enhance code expressiveness.
Learning DAX and Power BI – Table Functions

Learning DAX and Power BI – Table Functions

Carmel Eve

This is the fifth blog in a series on DAX and Power BI. This post focuses on table functions. In DAX, table functions return a table which can then be used for future processing. This can be useful if, for example, you want to perform an operation over a filtered dataset. Table functions, like most functions in DAX, operate under the filter context in which they are applied.
Azure Analysis Services - how to save money with automatic shutdown

Azure Analysis Services - how to save money with automatic shutdown

James Broome

Explore Azure Analysis Services for scalable analytics. Control costs via automation with Powershell & Azure DevOps in multi-environment setups.
Building a proximity detection pipeline

Building a proximity detection pipeline

Carmel Eve

Endjin's blog post details their project with OceanMind, using a serverless architecture and machine learning to detect illegal fishing.