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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…

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…

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Cloud Development with Microservices in Azure

Cloud development sometimes winds up looking a lot like traditional application development and hosting. Developers can create large, monolithic, web applications and deploy them to a virtual machine or app service. In that sense, transitioning to Azure can be simple for most developers. However, to make best use of Azure, developers need to start thinking differently. Developers need to start thinking about their software architecture in terms of microservices.
What are microservices?
Microservices are a software architecture style in which applications are composed of small, independent modules that communicate with each other using well-defined API contracts. These service modules are highly decoupled building blocks that serve a small single purpose function. The benefit of microservices architecture is that it makes development and scaling of applications easier. A microservices architecture also makes collaboration between autonomous teams easier and can enable them to bring…

Power BI Users, Guest Accounts and Licensing (Establishing a Power BI Environment)

A Power BI environment is established through the Office 365 admin center. The environment consists of Office 365, Azure Active Directory, and of course, Power BI. Azure AD is the backbone of the environment setup, as user creation, and license assignment all leverage AD functionality.

When setting up your Power BI environment, it is important to understand what data store in Azure the environment will exist. This is not done within Power BI directly, but based on your Office 365 country or Azure AD data center. Note, it is important to think about other Azure resources Power BI may utilize. To prevent things like latency and Azure Egress charges, your environment should reside in the same or nearby Azure region as the related services. You can check your Power BI data store from the Power BI Service at any time.
Power BI…

Accessing SQL Server with Managed Identities

Every developer knows that keeping credentials in code is a terrible idea, however, they some still have that moment of weakness, typically followed by, “It’ll just be temporary.” The simple fact is that storing credentials in a inconspicuous configuration file during development is just the easy way out. This is why Microsoft developed Managed Identities for Azure resource. Managed Identities used to securely gain access to an Azure KeyVault is a easy and safe way to store and access secrets for your application.
A common tactic then is to migrate all the sensitive connection strings into the KeyVault and simply pulling those down for the application to use to connect to a SQL server. However, authenticating to an Azure resource to retrieve the credentials to connect and authenticate with another Azure resource seems a bit redundent. Why not just skip the…

Classify Your Wardrobe Using Azure Custom Vision

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a technology that is used in our daily lives, but understanding how machine learning works is a completely different story. Typically, machine learning has been developed by people who are experts in the AI field and have access to high computing power. Microsoft has removed these barriers by providing Azure Cognitive Services. These services are available to anyone with an Azure cloud subscription and make it easy for developers to add AI features into their own applications. Today, I will be discussing Microsoft’s easy-to-use image classifier service Custom Vision.
I first came across Custom Vision while developing an application to generate fashionable outfits. The idea was to be able to upload an image of an outfit, (found on Pinterest or a fashion blog) and then have the application find similar items at a handful of websites…

Microsoft Power BI Report Builder

Introducing the Power BI Paginated Report Builder

In this post, I’ll discuss the concept of paginated reports, how they typically differ from the dashboard reporting delivered by Power BI, and how Microsoft anticipates and answers the need for generating paginated reports with the Power BI Paginated Report Builder. Moreover, I’ll discuss prerequisites for using the Paginated Report Builder, as well as explore some general considerations for using it to design reports.
So, What are Paginated Reports, Anyway?
Power BI, consisting of cloud-based BI services (“Power BI Services”), together with a desktop-based “studio” interface (“Power BI Desktop”), was released to the general public on July 24, 2015, and has evolved at an accelerated rate ever since.   Power BI offers capabilities that enable straightforward data preparation and data discovery, as well as the assembly of interactive reports and dashboards for collaboration.  Because of its dashboard orientation, Power BI is designed primarily…

Microsoft Healthcare Bot Service for COVID-19 Webinar Series

Last year, our AI team was invited to learn about Microsoft’s new Healthcare Bot. The ability to quickly develop and modify this technology was incredible. The cloud-based service was built specifically using AI to empower and scale the healthcare industry with compliance top of mind, and healthcare-centric language built-in to start.
Our team was already familiar with the Microsoft Bot Framework so we signed on very quickly to become a Certified Bot Partner. We saw the opportunity to help both hospitals and out-patient clinics and offices, we even have a pre-COVID webinar, titled Enabling and Enhancing Patient Engagement in Healthcare published on our Youtube channel that highlights the basic features and benefits of this technology.
At the time, the market was a bit behind the technology. Things like concern about elderly patients interacting with a Chatbot, and fear of change.
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