By Alison Box

DAX Microsoft Power BI in Practice

The Key Influencers Visual Versus Strictly Come Dancing

The Key Influencers visual, introduced in February 2019, is Microsoft's first visual that uses "Machine Learning" to identify factors that influence the outcome of a particular metric. "Wow", I thought! The idea of leaving Power BI to do all the hard work in analysing my data seemed too irresistible to ignore, so I gave way to temptation and decided to give it a go. On the one hand, it's a very simple visual to construct (it only has 3 buckets;… Read More

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By Burningsuit

Microsoft

Burningsuit Featured at the Microsoft Business Applications Summit

This week, the Burningsuit team were delighted to attend the Microsoft Business Applications Summit which took place in Atlanta, Georgia. The summit featured many insightful talks, training sessions and updates about the Power BI platform. Keep an eye out for our next blog post that will be an in-depth look at the two day event and everything that we experienced and learnt. For now, discover why this summit is so important for our industry and our main highlight from the… Read More

By Burningsuit

Excel Microsoft
Excel

Microsoft Excel: Why you Need to be an Expert!

Microsoft Excel is one of the most well known and used computer programs in the world. Whilst you probably know the basics of how to use it, there are many benefits to undergoing training and improving your knowledge and skills. Discover our top reasons why you need to become an expert in Excel. Improve your day-to-day work life In the majority of office jobs, there is at least some need to use Microsoft Excel, from HR tasks to big data… Read More

By Burningsuit

Excel Microsoft Power BI Resources
Power BI

Why Power BI is the future of Excel

Microsoft’s Power BI is powerful and easy to use, and with new features being added every week, it is fast becoming the future for business analysis. Excel formulas and pivot tables may well be the most popular programming language in the world, and the addition of tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, Power Map, and Power View mean you can connect to, clean, remove duplicates and transform almost any data you have. We have discussed the benefits of Power BI… Read More

By Burningsuit

Microsoft Power BI Resources
Power BI

Power BI vs Tableau: Five reasons Power BI wins

When it comes to business intelligence tools there is no doubt that the two front-runners are Power BI and Tableau. With both of them being very similar products, it can be tricky to choose which one is best for you. It would be easy for us to simply say that Power BI trumps Tableau and you shouldn’t even consider Tableau as an option, but the truth is the best product very much depends on you, your organisation, budget and your intended use… Read More

By Stuart Box

Microsoft Power BI Resources

Theme Colours in Power BI

The March update to Power BI has added a host of new features, take a look here to see them all. One preview feature we've been waiting for is the ability to use "Theme Colours", packages of colour themes for charts and graphs. So now we can customise our Dashboards and Reports to use corporate colours, highlight particular data sets, or just get some differentiation by using some funky colours. One slight downside to this is that the themes are… Read More

By Stuart Box

Cloud Microsoft Office 365

The great Office 365 Turn Off

After nearly twelve years I've finally been able to turn our Server off, permanently! Most businesses need a server, something that collects and redistributes email, stores files, manages users and communications, stuff like that, and we are no exception. Our first server, way back in 2000 was a second-hand laptop, running Linux that ran "sendmail" and other arcane Linux applications. That "server" sat in the loft and just about managed our email and internet. Back in those days, we had a… Read More

By Stuart Box

Cloud Microsoft Office 365

Off to the Cloud

At Burningsuit we've been thinking of going wholly over to "The Cloud"  for some time. We run a Microsoft Small Business Server here that runs our Email on Microsoft Exchange, data storage and backup and a few other usefull things. It's been good and worked well, but Small Business Server 2008 is getting a little dated, and recently the uninterruptable power supply it's connected to has been flashing an amber light telling us it's time to renew the batteries. Bits of… Read More

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By Alison Box

FAQ Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 – Top 10 FAQ’s

From our experience, businesses are rapidly moving over to Microsoft Office 2010, in some cases "leapfrogging" versions and going from 2003 or even earlier releases straight to 2010. I've already blogged about our "12 Top Tips for 2010" and "Upgrade Help", but we're getting other questions as people get over the immediate change and start using it day to day. I thought I'd post the Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions from attendees on our 2010 training courses, hopefully this will answer… Read More

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By Alison Box

Microsoft Office 2010 Training

Twelve Top Tips for Office 2010

How are you getting on with Microsoft Office 2010? We think it's great, and are seeing an increasing number of clients implementing it in the last few weeks. It looks like 2011 will be the year of 2010! If you're new to Office 2010 or have just been migrated over to it, we thought we'd document our Twelve Top Tips for Twenty Ten. Remember we can also help with Office 2010 Upgrade training either On-site or Online. 1. Keep getting… Read More

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