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How to transfer cached SQL Server names in SSMS between machines

  • by Michael Gombasy
  • September 05, 2017

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) has a helpful feature that remembers that last 15 SQL server instances to which you’ve connected, displaying them in a dropdown list within the Connect to Server window. This eliminating the need to remember or track the often-times complex server names we use on a daily basis.

But when it comes time to upgrade to a new machines - or worse, you are forced to wipe your system and reinstall everything - that list of servers disappears!

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DAX Made Easy - Rolling Averages

  • by Andy Parker
  • August 28, 2017

After spending significant time writing the perfect DAX expression to calculate rolling averages in Power BI, I was pleasantly surprised by the April Power BI Desktop release that included a slew of new pre-built "Quick Measures" that take much of the pain away from writing complicated DAX measures.

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Inviso is One of the First Few Solution Providers to Earn Accreditation to Offer Services Through the Microsoft Software Asset Management Managed Service Program

  • by Liz Mangini
  • August 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Inviso was approved by Microsoft® as one of a select group of Microsoft partners to provide services through the Microsoft SAM Managed Service Program in the US.

“Inviso is grateful for the opportunity to provide input to the program definition, and excited to be a charter SAM Managed Service partner to Microsoft,” said Martin Wolfram, Co-founder and CEO, Inviso. “We are committed to helping our clients realize maximum advantage from their IT assets, and we see the Microsoft SAM Managed Service Program as an opportunity to provide significant incremental value to our shared clients.”

The Microsoft SAM Managed Service Program is currently available in the US and UK markets. The program is designed to provide a continual, governance-based, outsourced service, through accredited providers to help customers more effectively manage their software assets. By introducing customers to SAM best practices, tools, and resources while providing a complete view of their infrastructure, the program is designed to help them drive better IT decisions throughout all software and related asset lifecycle management.

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Congratulations to David Lazarus, Inviso’s Director of SAM & Cloud, for earning Microsoft’s 2017 SAM Key Individual of the Year award

  • by Liz Mangini
  • July 26, 2017

“We recognize your commitment to Inviso and to the Microsoft SAM program as being invaluable to our future growth and vision," said Patama Chantaruck, Microsoft General Manager Worldwide Software Asset Management & Compliance at Microsoft. “It is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize the best of the best within our ranks. I am truly grateful for your partnership and contributions to the transformation of our NEW SAM as we continue to drive Microsoft’s overall mission: to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We’re lucky to have you as part of our community.”

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Auto-generating Date Tables in Power BI Desktop

  • by Joe Gravelyn
  • June 20, 2017

It’s common practice for data-centric companies to have a standard date table to use for reporting purposes with all kinds of useful fields to measure performance over time.

But what if you - or other users of the report - don’t have access to that date table? Power BI has a built in function that allows you to generate a date table on the fly. Combine that function with a couple of DAX formulas and parameters in the Query Editor window, and you get a reusable template you can use for almost all of your time intelligence needs.

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An Introduction to Machine Learning

  • by Jeff Scherrer
  • June 10, 2017

In just a few decades, software engineering has revolutionized human capacity for problem solving. Today, an engineer can easily write software to perform addition, subtraction, searching items in databases, and even complex algorithms. But tasks like recognizing the text on a street sign - something that is very easy for a human to do - is still very difficult for a computer to do.

The next revolution in computing - machine learning - is attacking this problem by giving software itself the capacity to solve these problems. Boosted by the power and scalability of modern hardware and the cloud, machine learning is turning the artificial intelligence theories of yesterday into reality and blurring the lines between the human brain and software.

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