Tableau Prep – we test drive this new user-centred data preparation tool

Data preparation is undoubtedly one of the most competency-reliant and time-consuming parts of report generation. For this reason, it is fast becoming the new focal area for further development and we are seeing a large uptick in the number of options being made available to help alleviate these issues. One recent entrant to this space…

Blockchain in bits – A technical insight

In our previous two articles, we articulated several real-life use cases for Blockchain implementations, and we have also elaborated conceptually how Blockchain differs from current/previous data storage architecture as well as other conceptual benefits of Blockchain as a platform. In this article, we touch upon the technical components of Blockchain networks and Smart Contracts, and…

Blockchain, lifting the lid on confusing concepts

In the previous article An Internet of Value – Blockchain, beyond the hype and why CxO’s must take note, we articulated why blockchain is more than just hype and provided some real-life use cases as to where/how blockchain is already helping businesses. But we want to dig deeper within this article, the second in a series…

ETL as a Service – Lifting & Shifting your existing SSIS ETL to Azure

Why a trend towards PaaS over IaaS ETL and how this relates to SSIS Businesses are moving more towards environments where infrastructure is invisible to the business; where Platforms as a Service (PaaS) are developed, deployed and managed in the cloud to reduce operational infrastructure overhead costs as well as increase the scalability and availability…

Chatbots – how the Azure bot framework is changing the AI game

What are Chatbots? Communication underpins intelligence. And language underpins communication. But language is complex and must be understood through the prism of intent and understanding. For example: Take the term, “thong” – in Australian slang this means flip-flops, a meaning lost on someone not familiar with Australian slang, as it means underwear in most other…

Power BI Report Server – A Quick Walk Through

Just about any implementation of a reporting environment within an organisation will have different styles of reports for different purposes. These reports may be operational\paginated, self-service using Excel, and\or highly interactive and user-friendly Power BI reports. The central question then beckons, how do all our users access these reports within one location which is easily…