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15 Jan 2020 How to create a Time Table in Power BI in a few simple steps

In a previous blogpost, we already explained how to make a date table in Power BI with DAX. Besides the dates you can add extra properties for each date: year, month-names, weekday-names,... But what about hours and minutes? In this blog and video, we'll show you how to create time tables in Power BI.

07 Jan 2020 De Tijdloze 2019: de follow-up

31 december was het zo ver, we zaten aan de radio gekluisterd om de Tijdloze op de voet te volgen. Op plaats 93 noteerden we onze eerste voltreffer en hoe dichter we bij de top 10 kwamen, hoe beter onze voorspelling . Negen van de tien nummers uit de top 10 hadden we voorspeld en drie hiervan hadden de voorspelde ranking.

27 Dec 2019 De Tijdloze van StuBru: onze Power BI-voorspelling

Waar we vorige jaren begin januari in actie schoten, staken we nu reeds in december de handen uit de mouwen. Aan de hand van een predictieve analyse doen we een poging om De Tijdloze 2019 te voorspellen, niet enkel de top 3 maar de ganse lijst.

12 Dec 2019 Custom email notification in Azure Data Factory

Tired of logging on to Azure Data Factory every day and checking the status of your pipeline(s)? In this blog, Data Wizard Wout Cardoen shows you how to develop an automatic email that alerts you when a pipeline fails.

03 Dec 2019 Creating a Secure Databricks Environment

Azure Databricks is a cloud native (Big) Data analytics service, offered as a managed PaaS environment. It’s designed to hide the underlying distributed systems and networking complexity as much as possible from the end user, so you can focus on developing rather than having to stress over infrastructure management.

18 Nov 2019 Azure Synapse Analytics: Where Azure DWH, Spark & ADF meet

When I started to jump from DBA to Data Architect, I thought that these roles would diverge further and further until they became two separate roles and functions. The current evolution Microsoft launched proved me wrong though. Enter Azure Synapse Analytics.

30 Oct 2019 Prevent lock escalation on indexed views

Recently our data wizard Thomas Costers was at a customer who created an indexed view, which spanned multiple tables as part of a release. Because you can't disable lock escalation for an indexed view as you can for a table, he went looking for another solution.

27 Jun 2019 How To video: Visualise your Fitbit data in Power BI

In our latest How To video, our BI wizard Frederik Aerts, integrates the data of his Fitbit into Microsoft Power BI. There are different ways to do it... Enjoy!!

28 May 2019 Power BI: How to unpivot twice

Recently I had a customer providing data for a Power BI report in a format that wasn't ideal for reporting purposes. We solved it by using a combination of pivoting and unpivoting columns. This blog post will show you how to do this.

30 Apr 2019 Does Persisting sampling rate work on Databases with compatibility levels below 130?

When you create or update statistics (without specifying a sample rate) the sample rate is automatically calculated by SQL Server. If you would want this statistic (or the whole table) to use a Flat sample rate, say 5 percent, then you could specify a persisting sample rate after updating your stats. Read all about it in this blog.

14 Mar 2019 Free download: How Big Data and AI can help your business move forward?

A while ago, our DAX Diviner at The Kingdom of Wizards, Ken Geeraerts, has been interviewed for a whitepaper on Big Data and AI for the company Nimbuz. Download a free copy of the whitepaper "How Big Data and AI can help your business move forward" here.

12 Mar 2019 The Chamber of SQL Part 4: What is a managed instance?

Stefanie was planning to update her knowledge on Microsoft Azure. After a good night rest, she was ready for this new adventure. She opened up her laptop, turned on the power and immediately stopped and stood up. First things first. Black gold. Now she was ready to learn about Managed Instance.

06 Mar 2019 SQL Server Plan Guides: A Walkthrough, Part 2

In the first part of this blog series on SQL Server plan guides, we looked into the basic plan guide setup. In this part we will be taking a closer look at somethings you cannot do as well, as how to add a plan guide to procedures, and how to find queries that are using plan guides.

18 Feb 2019 The Kohera DNA and me

Working for Kohera is more than a day-to-day job. In fact, it’s a passion that started five years ago. Because it does not always have to be technical, I would like to give you some shop-floor insights and somehow reflect my five years of experience so far.

12 Feb 2019 SQL Server Plan Guides: A Walkthrough Part 1

Plan guides are some strange things, and can be very high risk. This post does not have the intention to get all you fine people to implement plan guides everywhere, it should be one of the last resort options in your toolkit.

23 Jan 2019 How To videos: Power BI and Python (part I & II)

Python is a great addition to the Power BI family by providing you the ability to perform quick data transformation or plot cool data visualizations. Our Power BI wizard Ken Faes gives you an introduction in setting up Python in Power BI...

14 Jan 2019 Data Lake Security and Governance best practices

Data Lakes are the foundations of the new data platform, enabling companies to represent their data in an uniform and consumable way. In this document, we’ll describe how to setup a Data Lake in such a way that it will become the efficient Data Lake that users are looking for.

09 Jan 2019 Power BI and Python: scraping De Tijdloze 100 website

As you might know, Python is now available as a preview feature in Power BI. I used it to complete the data in our Power BI dashboard of the radio show "The Tijdloze 100". The data was mostly coming from a web-page, but in the latest edition all data was not available for Power BI.