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IoT and the 1-bit problem

There are already over 270 million connected devices in the UK which maps to just over 4 devices per person, and Gartner estimates that there will be 25.1 billion connected ‘things’ globally by 2021. While the consumer space has seen some incredible growth in Smart Things (homes, buildings, cars, buggies, and so on), its commercial […]

It’s time to Think Cloud

Having helped many customers make the journey to the public cloud over the last few years, it still surprises me how organisations treat the cloud like a place to put their “stuff”. Most customers are quite content moving their applications, infrastructure or data as-is and make that decision based on price and quality-of-service. A smaller […]

Free SQL 2008 Support for 3 Years

On the 9th July 2019, SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will reach the end of support from Microsoft. If you’re still on those platforms, you should be thinking about what you’re going to do when support expires. Luckily, there are a few options to receive free SQL 2008 support for 3 years: Keep using the […]

Dataflows in Power BI: A Data Analytics Gamechanger?

During the Business Applications Event in July 2018, Microsoft announced a new service called Dataflows (formerly known as Datapools and Common Data Service for Analytics (CDS-A)). There are already a couple of great articles (here and here) explaining what Power BI Dataflows are and the technologies supporting it.  This blog focuses on how it could […]


Anonymised Data & GDPR Compliance using Many-to-Many Relationships in Power BI

A customer recently asked me if it was possible to view anonymised data in Power BI.  I will set some context: Power BI reports viewed by different Brands. Brand managers can see competitor brands sales values, but not allowed to know who the brand is. E.g. ‘Contoso’ brand would view ‘Datazen’ brand as ‘Brand 1’. […]

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