Data science track in the Microsoft Professional Program – Now out of Beta. My First Impressions from taking the first courses

Wanted to share the good news that the Microsoft Professional Degree program in Data Science is now out of Beta: Looks like there have been a couple of changes already, including changing the timing for the courses. I started the T-SQL course and was looking to finish it before the deadline and then was…


Microsoft Professional Degree in Data Science

There’s an interesting new offering where Microsoft has partnered with edX to package courses into a new offering: A Microsoft Professional Degree Program. The first instance of these I have seen is in Data Science, but I can only imagine there will be additional ones to follow soon: This was just announced and is still…


Power BI can analyze your tweets!

My colleague Sam Lester has been working on creative ways to showcase how to use Power BI. His latest post talks you through analyzing your tweet history with Power BI: It’s a nice way to answer some questions you might not have thought to ask — like which day you most often tweet. I…


Free training on Power BI on Edx

If you’re looking to ramp-up on Power BI, as I’ve been doing recently since it’s a powerful new tool which will eventually have some great integration points with SharePoint and SQL Server Reporting Services, there’s a free course available on EdX: I’ve recently been through the most recent version and apart from seeing some…


Free e-book on Power BI

I wanted to pass on a new resource I just learned about, a free e-book on Power BI: I haven’t had a chance to read through it yet but will post my thoughts when I do!


World Wide Importers — your new “Adventure” for data reporting

One of my colleagues let me know that Adventure Works — the SQL database so many demos are built on — is now replaced with a new database now that SQL Server 2016 has released: If you’re like me, you are probably a little tired of seeing the same demos with Adventure Works for…


What will my SharePoint 2010 Slide Libraries Look Like in SharePoint 2016?

I was happy to report earlier that I was successful in testing 2010 Slide Libraries upgraded to SharePoint 2016.  I wanted to add some screen shots here to let you know what to expect. Remember, of course, that you’ve not really “solved” the problem of Slide Libraries: You cannot create new slide libraries in SharePoint…


Office Online Server – Where’s my identity?

Ran into a speedbump while configuring a new Office Online Server for a SharePoint 2016 farm and wanted to share the solution I found from a colleague: If you are running Windows Server 2012 R2, you will find that this is a feature you enable, not an download from a KB article. When you kick…


Office Online Server Available on MSDN

The download for Office Online Server is now available on MSDN. For those of you working hard on setting up your SharePoint 2016 environments, you will need this download to setup your test environment for your customers who want/need to stay with an on-premises SharePoint 2016 environment. Here’s a horrible screenshot of the download link….


SharePoint 2010 Slide Libraries CAN be used in SharePoint 2016 — at least old ones

I am working with a customer who has been on SharePoint 2010 for so long they’ve now decided to skip the upgrade to SharePoint 2013 and move straight to SharePoint 2016. It’s actually not “straight” since we have to upgrade the DBs to SharePoint 2013 and then to SharePoint 2016. While doing some testing this…