How to Work from Home Successfully and Stress Free

As someone who has been working from home for over 5 years, I have some veteran advice for anyone who may be entering this precarious work/life balance for the first time. It may sound like a dream come true for most people, but make no mistake, it is still work. More disciplined and deliberate than a traditional office setting, but with great responsibility come great perks…if done right. Here are my tips for how to work from home successfully:

Rachel TruloveHow to Work from Home Successfully and Stress Free
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Data Validation and Power Apps Rules

powerappslogoWant to help your users avoid pesky mistakes with your Power Apps? Here, I’ll show you how to use Power Apps rules to enforce data validation and make the user experience even better. You’ll also learn the manual techniques for doing the same type of data validation. I’ll begin with the manual way, then show you how to use automated rules, which is an experimental feature at this point in Power Apps. As always, check out my video included to see the code that I use; it’s also written out in the video summary.

Tom WardData Validation and Power Apps Rules
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Azure Data Factory v2 Parameter Passing

Summary of the Matter:
Parameter passing in ADFv2 had a slight change in the summer of 2018.   Microsoft modified how parameters are passed between pipelines and datasets.  Prior, you could reference a pipeline parameter in a dataset without needing to create a matching dataset parameter.   The screen prints below explain this much better, and if you are new to ADFv2 and parameter passing, this will give you a nice introduction.  I personally feel the change is an improvement.

New Warnings and Errors
My client had been using ADFv2 since the beginning of 2018, then on a particular Monday, we walked into the office and noticed that our ADFv2 datasets were throwing errors and warnings. 

Tom WardAzure Data Factory v2 Parameter Passing
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University of New Haven Transforms their Reports with Power BI

PowerBI-600x200University of New Haven had challenges with their reporting system and were looking for a better way to create reports in real-time, as well as the ability to easily review reports across departments and to compare multiple years’ worth of data, and ultimately make better decisions.

Tom WardUniversity of New Haven Transforms their Reports with Power BI
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Is Everyone Moving to the Cloud?

Everyone to the cloud v2.jpgI’m sure you’ve heard people talking about how they are embracing the cloud and migrating their business there. And you’re thinking, ‘Is everyone moving to the cloud?’ The answer is YES; about 75% of our customers are having deep cloud solution conversations about modernizing their data platform, moving their data center and evaluating cloud analytics.

Tom WardIs Everyone Moving to the Cloud?
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Do You Know What Your CIOs Are Up To?

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Your CIO plays one of the most important roles in your organization. Do you know what your CIO is working on to help grow your business?

Validating your CIO’s strategy is an important piece of knowledge to ensure that your business is moving forward. Here are the 3 questions to ask to figure out that strategy.

Tom WardDo You Know What Your CIOs Are Up To?
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Does Your Business Have Talent Debt?

Pay your talent debt.jpgOK, so we’re half way through the year; are you meeting your goals for your business? If not, what’s holding you back? It’s probably talent debt. Let me tell you what you need to take your skills or talent debt worries off your plate, so you can focus on getting traction on your new initiatives.

Tom WardDoes Your Business Have Talent Debt?
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You Need to Get Your Company to the Cloud!

Mindset to the cloud.jpgAre you looking to build a successful strategy to get your business into the cloud? Is your business lacking a true partnership with your IT department to move your organization forward? Unfortunately, many companies have an “IT” mindset, putting their focus on preventing pain and keeping things from breaking, instead of focusing on creating opportunities to grow their business.

Tom WardYou Need to Get Your Company to the Cloud!
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