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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…

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…

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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…

1500 form Editor

How to Access the Online Fillable CMS-1500 Claim Form on X12 Hero

In this blog we provide instructions on downloading a free CMS-1500 form. Since we’ll be using the Claim Form Editor Web-App on X12 Hero the CMS form is enhanced by our EDI validation software. X12 Hero offers a SaaS subscription for access to a full collection of healthcare EDI and medical billing web-apps. With this 1500 form we can easily enter claims and check completed claims for entry errors. We’ve found that pre-validating your claims in X12 Hero results in an 80% or better first pass acceptance rate. We’ll discuss how to resolve these errors that could otherwise result in a denied claim. The application also has the capability to convert CMS 1500 forms to EDI 837p files for submission. This blog gives simple steps for you to get started and improve your medical billing efficiency.
How to Use the Fillable…

Transforming the Retail Experience Using IoT and the Cloud

Successful retailers that attract today’s millennial shoppers have three key ingredients in their retail experience delivery:

Help find things that inspire
Help choose what is right
Help buy effortlessly

Online stores are increasingly better at attracting these shoppers and converting them into profitable customers. Physical storefronts are experiencing less foot traffic and conversion rates are lowering. The transformation challenge is thus clear. How can retailers deliver these same customer experience ingredients in the brick-and-mortar environment in ways that are simple, easy and memorable?
To drive traffic both storefronts focus on search and marketing. Ecommerce obviously has the advantage in terms of offering the customer convenience to explore the storefront anytime and from anywhere. For conversion, ecommerce storefronts focus on the following:

Extensive catalogs with digital content that showcases the merchandise.
Customer intimacy based on customer information.
A frictionless shopping journey with ease of search and navigation.

Physical storefronts have…

Smart Chatbots are Relegating the FAQs Page to History

Whether you call them conversational agents, dialog systems, or chatbots, AI-powered bots that can hold human-like conversations are seeping into our everyday lives.
Chatbots work well in a structured environment with a predetermined dataset. Answering simple questions, for example, would be a task a chatbot could excel at. Which is why chatbots are now replacing the Frequently Asked Questions page on websites.
Here’s what you need to know about how these chatbots work and why you might never see a traditional FAQ page again:
Why Q&A?
Chatbots can be either retrieval-based or generative, which means they can either retrieve data from a predetermined dataset or generate new responses from scratch. These bots can also be open or closed domain, depending on whether the user can take the conversation anywhere and still expect a reply or whether a user needs to stick to a narrow…

Here’s How Microsoft Executives are Using Power BI

The Customer Data and Analytics (CDnA) team at Microsoft enables strategic data insights that shape the entire organization, from high-level leadership policies to small product decisions. At its core, CDnA creates and monitors indicators, known as “Power Metrics,” for some of the key divisions and businesses in Microsoft. CDnA delivers Power BI dashboards to several teams, including the Windows and Devices Group (WDG), Office, Bing, Cortana and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The SLT leverages the Power BI dashboards to monitor progress on strategic initiatives at the company.
Both CDnA and the Power BI product have mutually benefited from a close relationship since the Power BI public preview in 2015. In fact, the early and ongoing input from this internal Microsoft team and its users has helped make Power BI the “enterprise ready”, robust, and feature-rich platform it…

Microsoft is Teaching Systems to Read, Answer and Even Ask Questions

From left, Rangan Majumder, Yi-Min Wang and Jianfeng Gao on Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, campus. Photo by Dan DeLong.
Microsoft researchers have already created technology that can do two difficult tasks about as well as a person: identify images and recognize words in a conversation.
Now, the company’s leading AI experts are working on systems that can do something even more complex: Read passages of text and answer questions about them.
“We’re trying to develop what we call a literate machine: A machine that can read text, understand text and then learn how to communicate, whether it’s written or orally,” said Kaheer Suleman, the co-founder of Maluuba, a Quebec-based deep learning startup that Microsoft acquired earlier this year.
The Maluuba team is one of several groups at Microsoft that are tackling the challenge of machine reading. Two other research teams, one at the company’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters and the…

Top 3 Trends Impacting Healthcare Payers

Healthcare is one of the most important factors in how individuals perceive their quality of life.i But quality health care comes at a price and precious healthcare funding is being lost to fraud, waste and abuse (FWA). In fact, an estimated $455 billion in global healthcare spending is lost every year – ultimately leading to lower quality care and higher premiums and taxes.ii
Everyone plays a role in combatting FWA, but healthcare payers are on the front lines. Recently, three major trends emerged that present an opportunity for healthcare payers to play a major role in combating FWA. Let’s take a look at the way these trends are changing the healthcare landscape.
1. Plenty of healthcare data, not enough insights
Healthcare executives would like to leverage big data, but only a few are able to gain EDI data insights and visibility needed to garner…

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