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Events
We’re entering fall with a full schedule of events and opportunities! There’s been a great response to our virtual events thus far and we’d like to thank all of our attendees for joining and participating in the discussions. See below for what’s ahead and please take advantage of these free learning opportunities for your teams. Feel free to contact us for more information or check out our YouTube page for past presentations.
September 23
Azure DevOps: BYOToolchain: Webinar
September 24
Data Modernization Drives Digital Transformation
September 29
Analytics in a Day
October 1
Some Like it Hot…Data That is
October 1
Hartford Power BI User Group, Virtual
October 2
Water Utility Data Management 2.0
October 8
Analytics in a Day for State and Local Government
Tallan News

Our UXteam has made the process of shopping for technology services even easier with the Tallan Marketplace. Click here to view.
We’re also thrilled to announce the following promotions…

Dan Fluet, VP of Sales
Stan Kennedy,…

Webinar Q&A: Write-Back & Planning in Power BI

On September 2nd, Tallan and Power ON teamed up for the webinar, The Art of the Possible: Write-Back & Planning in Power BI. This was an in-depth presentation of the world’s first fully integrated BI & CPM solution for Power BI. Together we demonstrated exactly how users of any level can enter data, handle end to end workflow & approvals directly within their Power BI platform in addition to other techniques. Click here to view webinar.
Mike Marotta (Vice President, Sales – Power ON) and James Arey (Lead Consultant, Tallan) facilitated an enlightening Q&A during the webinar. Here were some of the questions raised during the webinar as well as our answers, which have been edited for clarity: 

How is Power ON deciding to allocate its Q1 update across the months?
It allocates based on the proportion that each cell makes up of the total, so a cell that…

Azure Mythbusters: Building ML Models Faster Than You Think

Amy Boyd, Microsoft Author & Cloud Advocate, recently shared a video offering valuable insight into machine learning…
Machine learning is hard. It’s experimental, we have to deal with really big data sets, and we have to choose all the different models and learn the theory behind all of the algorithms. Then you have to tune hyper-parameters and start deploying models. It feels like such a high barrier to entry to get into the machine learning space, but fortunately there’s a no-code machine learning experience that can lend us a hand. As part of the Azure Machine Learning Studio, you get access to the Azure Machine Learning Designer. This is a UI-based, machine learning module builder that lets you click and drag lots of different modules on your screen to build your own bespoke machine learning models. Check out this video, where we…

New Tallan Events & Educational Opportunities Coming this Fall

We’re consistently developing a calendar of events to help both technical and non-technical professionals better understand Data, AI, Cloud, UX and other elements of our rapidly changing IT landscape. Here’s what’s up ahead:
The Art of the Possible: Write-Back & Planning in Power BI, Webinar
Join Tallan & PowerOn for an in-depth presentation of the world’s first fully integrated BI & CPM solution for Power BI. We will demonstrate exactly how users of any level can now enter data, handle end to end workflow & approvals directly within their Power BI platform, and so much more.
Where: Online
When: September 2nd, 2020 at 11:15 a.m. EDT
Register Now
Azure DevOps: BYOToolchain, Webinar
Azure DevOps services will be used to orchestrate a toolchain with the end goal of building, testing, and deploying an application in a multi-cloud environment.
Where: Online
When: September 23rd, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Register Now

Data Modernization Drives Digital Transformation, Webinar
UnifyCloud and Tallan have partnered together to…

Angular Modules and Lazy Loading

When it comes to modern web applications, developers tend to gravitate towards one of the major players in the game. Of course, I am talking about Angular, React, and Vue. I personally have never been dismissive of any of these frameworks/libraries and have found that they each have their own usefulness for the problem I am trying to solve. One of the most common things I hear about Angular is how “heavy” it is. From a UI perspective and mobile-first mentality, you would not be incorrect. The way the Angular application is generated out of the box from the CLI is great for small apps, but when you get into enterprise-scale applications, using that same default box can lead to performance issues.
The Problem
Using the Angular CLI to generate a new angular application is a best practice we should all be…

Source: CNBC.COM

Tallan Client Abiomed Featured on CNBC for Innovation in Medical Technology

We are incredibly impressed by the innovation our client, Abiomed continues to deliver and are humbled to be a part of this life-saving solution.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the emergency use of Abiomed’s Impella heart pump to help treat Covid-19 patients suffering from heart and lung failure, the company announced Tuesday.
In 1 in 10 patients, the virus results in extreme inflammation of the heart, in addition to a build-up of fluid in the lungs. For 42-year-old Devan Smith, who had no history of heart disease, the combination proved nearly fatal in May. (CNBC.com)
To read full article, click here.
 
 

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Moving On From SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional – Part 1

Background
SQL Server Analysis Services Multidimensional (SSASm) was first offered in 2000, and soon became the dominant cube server product on the market.  It got a ground-up rewrite in 2005 and further enhancement in 2008 that greatly increased its capabilities, performance and proliferation.  SSASm uses the expression and query language MDX (multi-dimensional expressions), known for its power and steep learning curve.  SSASm grew into an amazingly powerful and widely-used product, the more impressive given it is bundled for free with a SQL Server license (sometimes you get more than you paid for).  Because of this bundling it is difficult to know how many production instances of SSASm are running, but even a small fraction of the number of SQL Server licenses would be significant.
In 2010, Microsoft introduced a new in-memory, columnar database technology named variously xVelocity and Vertipaq.  This new technology…

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How to Switch Between Angular Applications with Conflicting Node.js Requirements Like a Pro

The Problem
As web developers, it is not uncommon for us to switch back and forth across different code bases throughout our day. If you are working with applications whose front-end development processes depend on different versions of Node.js, your workflow can quickly grind to a halt. Let’s imagine you’re working on two Angular applications. Application 1 is production code that uses Angular 6 and has a custom build process that strictly depends on version 8.9 of Node.js. Application 2 is a greenfield project and uses Angular 9 which will work with the latest version of Node.js. 
In normal circumstances we could install the latest version of Node.js and that would be enough to allow us to develop against both applications. However, because of Application 1’s strict dependency on Node versions we have a troublesome situation. Are we really going to need to uninstall and reinstall different versions of Node.js every time we switch between environments? Are we going to…

Tallan is a 2020 Power BI Finalist for Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards

We are thrilled to share that we have been recognized as a finalist for the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Power BI Award. To be named by a panel of judges who reviewed over 3,300 entries, from over 100 countries this year is a testament to  our Data and Analytics Team’s work.
According to the official press release, “The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Tallan is recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in Power BI. The Power BI Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who has delivered a Business Analytics solution based on the Power BI cloud service.”
Tallan’s CEO, Craig Branning, notes, “We are proud to be acknowledged as a finalist for Power BI 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year. The…

Leonard Lobel | Pluralsight Author

Principal Tallan Consultant Leonard Lobel Shares Insight on Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed

Azure Cosmos DB is rapidly becoming a household name in data management among developers, though its change feed is still considered somewhat of an unsung facet to its operational capability. In this Microsoft Blog post, Tallan Principal Consultant Leonard Lobel discusses multiple scenarios that call upon the need for a change feed as they relate to varying documents in a container. These scenarios include:

Replicating containers for multiple partition keys
Denormalizing a document data model across containers
Triggering API calls for an event-driven architecture
Real time stream processing and materialized view patterns
Moving or archiving data to secondary data stores

Click here to read the full post, or learn more about Leonard’s Plurasight course offerings here.

Leonard Lobel (Microsoft MVP, SQL Server) is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Sleek Technologies, Inc., a New York-based development shop with an early adopter philosophy toward new technologies. He is also a principal consultant at Tallan, Inc.,…

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