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Power (BI) to the People! - Easing the Transition From Excel to PowerBI

Power (BI) to the People! - Easing the Transition From Excel to PowerBI
I’ll admit it, I’m a diehard Excel user. I get excited by the capabilities of nested functions and I consider a well crafted pivot table a work of art. I’ve learned the data limits of a spreadsheet the hard way (1048576 rows by 16384 columns, in case you were wondering). I take pride in building a workbook that allows me to import data and instantly transform it into useful visualizations. I just might be a little bit stubborn; I didn’t really want to leave the familiarity and comfort of a tool that I’ve used for so long and know so well. Fortunately, I might also be a little bit lazy, which drives me to employ efficiencies and work smarter wherever possible to minimize the amount of work I have to do. When I realized just how simple Power BI is to use, and how, well, powerful its visualization capabilities are, I...
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3 Test Automation Strategies to Consider

3 Test Automation Strategies to Consider
Test automation is an established strategy to get your code up and running successfully by complementing manual testing. Moreover, with Agile and DevOps practices gaining ground, automation has become a necessity. However, while drafting their test automation strategy, organizations often make the mistakes of either looking for the ‘best’ automation tool, or the ‘best’ automation strategy. The truth is that there is no one-size-fit-all approach. Instead, businesses should ask what is the best automation test tool for them. Joe Colantonio suggests that questions to ponder over should include: What’s your strategy and goals? What is it that you are trying to get done? What problems are you trying to solve with automation? Who is going to be using your test tools? Programmers or testers? What is your tech stack? What tool will be future proof? Is it scalable enough? Do you have the budget to train your team on the tool...
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Power BI vs QlikView - Business Intelligence tool comparison

In July, I had created a post about Power Bi vs Tableau for BI data visualization. The race between Power BI and Tableau is rather close, as is evident from the Gartner’s Magic Quadrant 2017. However, you must have noticed that there’s another player in the Leaders’quadrant – QlikView. While its scores on ‘ability to execute’and ‘completeness of vision’could do better, QlikView is certainly a solution to watch out for. But is it better than Power BI? Not in my opinion. If you are about to choose a BI solution for your organization and are wondering which solution to go ahead with – Power BI or QlikView – let me make the choice easier for you. QlikView – Offers flexibility and simplicity and yet… QlikView is one of the most flexible Business Intelligence platforms in the world. Qlikview’s USP ‘The Associative Experience’. They enable users to gain unexpected  business insights by...
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Reasons to implement Data Lake architecture for Business Intelligence

Reasons to implement Data Lake architecture for Business Intelligence
The confusion and the ensuing debate is understandable. Just as organizations were adjusting to dealing with Big Data concepts and terminologies, there has been a spurt of intermingling of new and not so new concepts, such as the use of Data Lakes for Business Intelligence. I can hear some of you thinking: “Are these two even compatible?”, “Isn’t Business Intelligence meant to use Data Warehouses?”, or, “Is this just another new-fangled experimental setup that is likely to hit my bottom-line?” Hold on. That’s a lot of questions. Let’s first get down to the basics. What’s exactly is a Data Lake? Techopedia explains: The data lake architecture is a store-everything approach to big data. Data are not classified when they are stored in the repository, as the value of the data is not clear at the outset. As a result, data preparation is eliminated. A data lake is thus less structured compared...
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Overview of the most popular Methodologies & frameworks for IT Service Management (ITSM)

Overview of the most popular Methodologies & frameworks for IT Service Management (ITSM)
The importance of IT service management cannot be exaggerated. If done well, it can help IT enable business growth. If mismanaged, it can turn IT into a budget and performance nightmare. This is where delivery, and not development, is the focus. As in life, so in management, there is no ‘golden rule’. There are several guidelines that have evolved over the years and address different business requirements. Let’s take a look at the popular ones.  IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL): ITIL is the most widely recognized approach to IT services globally. Built and refined over 25 years, it is a winner because it addresses specific and unique business needs across a wide range of industries. Trusted by the likes of Microsoft, Disney, Boeing etc., it enables businesses to prioritize tasks by revealing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of various aspects. IT investments get streamlined, consensus is gained, and productivity increased. Advantages...
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