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Learning Azure with Pluralsight

Learning Azure with Pluralsight

Cloud solutions have little to do with the solutions we have on-premises. Cloud solutions are built with ambitious and monstrously huge goals in mind, so, often it feels like no previous technology has been reused. In addition to some understandable concepts, like...

How to Model a Reporting Layer

How to Model a Reporting Layer

On my first BI job, where I was an ETL developer, my team was using Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Service (SSRS) as a reporting tool. My job was to model the Data Marts and create the data flows into those tables. Our report analysts were good at SQL, I have even...

SAS Functions Book

SAS Functions Book

Over the years, we've been building up our comic-style SAS function one-page guides, drip-feeding them to you.  Well, guess what?!  We put them all together and made a book so they're all in the one place, to make referencing them easier for you. Thank you...

Checking the File Path from Database in PowerShell

Checking the File Path from Database in PowerShell

On one of my recent projects I was analysing my customer's data for migration. Their legacy application could handle documents. They were stored on the organisation's shared folder, and the file path was recorded in the database with the rest of data. As a part of the...

The best lockdown baking recipes

The best lockdown baking recipes

The nation has been hit by a baking craze!  Lockdown gave some of us more time to do some of the simple things in life, like baking, and, if you were lucky enough to get flour and yeast you could create some delicious treats! I've always enjoyed baking, so loved...

Being social while social distancing

Being social while social distancing

The world has been social distancing for some time now, and will be for a bit longer, depending where you live. To help put off or at least mitigate going stir crazy I thought I would share what I have been doing to keep up some sort of social life.   Before the lock...

Our How To blogs

Our How To blogs

We do cool sh!t with data and over the years we have shared a lot of blogs to help you do cool sh!t with data too.  If you want to jump right in and see if we have something that piques your interest here are all our how to blogs.  If you...

SAS Utilities: cleanwork

SAS Utilities: cleanwork

When a user starts and runs code in a SAS session, a number of temporary folders and files are created in the SASWork and SASUtil locations.  If that session completed and exits normally these folders and files are removed, however some SAS sessions exit abnormally,...

1080 By The Numbers

1080 By The Numbers

If you have lived in New Zealand for long enough, I am sure you would have heard of the poison 1080, used by the Department of Conservation (DOC) as a form of pest control. 1080 can be used in bait stations or by airdrop, which is used for many of the remote and hard...