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Ken has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses for the last 30+ years. Working both as a consultant and a Microsoft instructor for the past 21 years, Ken is well versed in many aspects of technologies specializing with Microsoft. He currently has 38 Microsoft certifications. Ken has worked on many technologies in the Microsoft arena..., but his area of focus has been on SQL Server.  He has been certified since SQL 6.0 (1997) and recently passed the BETA SQL 2016 Admin exam.   More
Ken Kruthaup

Embedding Power BI into SharePoint

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Power BI can now be shared with anyone in your network within seconds!

Native data reporting within SharePoint is a powerful tool to have, but embedding this reporting into Power BI is even more powerful.

The option for sharing Power BI data has been somewhat limited until now. Microsoft recently launched an update allowing users to embed interactive Power BI reports into SharePoint pages. This new feature allows convenient access to sharing data-rich graphs as well as other presentations. The embedded reports are also more secure because not all users have permission to access the report; the permissions to review the report are set within the Power BI service. This means they can be shared for internal or external review as needed.

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SQL Advanced Threat Protection | Securing Your SQL Database

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SQL Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) now offers DBAs (Database Administrators) the opportunity to discover and classify sensitive data, understand database vulnerabilitiesand detect abnormal activities that could indicate a threat to the database. Thereby providing a central go-to location for enabling and managing these security capabilities.

SQL Advanced Threat Protection provides...

a set of advanced SQL security capabilities, including Data Discovery & Classification, Vulnerability Assessment & Threat Detection.

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Power BI Licensing Options – What fits your needs best?

Power BI Licensing Options – What fits your needs best?

Power BI Desktop

This free version of Power BI is designed for the single user to create ad hoc reporting and data exploration. This software, unlike the other two options is installed directly to your local desktop. The dataset size is limited to 1GB per individual dataset and an overall storage quote of 10GB per user. With this option you also have the ability to review reports or dashboards that have been published in a Premium workspace (see below). While Power BI Desktop can create reports that the user can view, it lacks the ability to share with others. Plus there are gaps in functionality between the two, see the chart below for details.

Power BI Desktop is a great edition to get started with while there is no software investment cost. 

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Microsoft Power BI: See It In Action

Microsoft Power BI: See It In Action

The 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence places Microsoft Power BI in the leader’s quadrant once again because of its affordable price, ease of use, visual appeal, product vision, and customer experience. Customers continue to show high levels of interest and adoption in the cloud-based business analytics service because of Power BI’s effectiveness in providing data preparation, data discovery, interactive information sharing, and augmented analytics.

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8 Major Updates Included in SQL Server 2017

8 Major Updates Included in SQL Server 2017

If you haven’t heard yet, there are several major and exciting updates to SQL Server with the 2017 release.  From the ability to run on Linux and Docker containers to rich data graphing functionality, the new features could have a big impact on your database and your data.

1) Expanded operating system support

In addition to Windows, you can now run SQL Server on Linux and Docker containers. If you’re already managing one of these environments – or you’ve been considering moving an existing SQL Server to one of these environments – then this will come as particularly welcome news.

It is worth nothing that there are some pieces of functionality that are missing on Linux. There are no Reporting Services, Analysis Services, or Machine Learning Services (formerly R services) yet. Only time will tell if customer demand sways Microsoft to offer these functions across all operating systems.

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