Never again forget to send that email sitting in the Drafts folder!

One evening last week I wrote an important email to a client and I thought I sent it but I didn’t. I wanted to let the client know their project is ready so in the morning they can start using it. And after I finished writing that email, while checking for typos, I got distracted by something, and by another thing…and I never sent it that night.

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Using Power BI to replace a legacy desktop application

GrainSelectorTool

Over a decade ago I had the pleasure to create a small desktop application for Chammas Cutters, this was the Grain Selector tool pictured above, and it helped their clients quickly determine how much gas-generating grain to use in the application of their chemical cutter tool.

While pretty basic (and written in it) the desktop application served a good purpose for the past 10 or so years. Prior to the desktop application, clients would have to resort to a rather bulky and complicated spreadsheet-type catalog tables, which can be more time confusing and can lead to human error.

Now that it needed to be improved or rewritten, I decided to replace it with a Power BI report that took just a few hours to create. Here’s why I chose that path:

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Linear and Log in Power BI with Charturo Custom Visual

A while back on the blog we did a series that touched on changing between linear and log scales on the fly in Power BI. In this post, we’re going to see how using the Charturo custom visual from the Power BI Appsource simplifies the process of adding this functionality to Power BI Reports and the functional benefits of using Charturo over the standard Line Chart.

Charturo is an interactive line chart Mi4 has developed that allows the end users to switch between log and linear axes directly on the chart surface. It also allows inverting the Y axis, but we will spend most of this post talking about the Linear & Log functionality. Continue reading “Linear and Log in Power BI with Charturo Custom Visual”

We ❤ Power BI so much we created a custom visual

About a year ago (March 2020) We needed a line chart that can do the following:

  • Allow the viewer of the report to change the Y axis scale on the fly
  • Allow the X axis to be placed near the top of the chart
  • Have the ability to invert the Y axis*

When we started, we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel, so we searched first but couldn’t find a chart on the App Source marketplace that could do all of these thing I listed above*. So we started creating our first custom Power BI Chart Visual: CHARTURO

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Power BI Small Multiples Preview Feature

A new Small Multiples visualization feature has been released for public preview in Power BI. I was thrilled to see this first announced on the roadmap and am looking forward to putting it through its paces now that it is out in preview.

“Small Multiples” use multiple similar views to show different partitions of a dataset. Small multiples are sometimes called trellis or grid charts and until now, you have had to use custom visuals or some SVG tricks to get the functionality in Power BI. Continue reading “Power BI Small Multiples Preview Feature”

Productioneer Production Review Dashboard Update

We are happy to announce that in December 2020 Mi4 released an update to the Production Review Dashboard with new features and functionalityThis dashboard is available to all Productioneer customers and allows oil and gas organizations to efficiently aggregate and analyze oil and gas production across a diverse collection of assets quickly and efficiently in one report. 

The Production Review Dashboard offers oil and gas companies a modern dashboarding tool without procuring any software licenses or building it in house.

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Azure Data Factory Date Parameters with Timezone Sensitive Default or Adhoc Values

Date and time values have been the bane of programmers’ existence since Pandora opened a box several millennia back……at least it feels that long. I wanted to share with you how we implemented flexible date parameters for an Azure Data Factory pipeline in a recent project.

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Use Power BI to Monitor Your Oil Storage Capacity with DAX Moving Averages Excluding Zeros

Productioneer has an extensive paginated report library for our customers to utilize. We have everything from simple data exports to paginated reports that highlight variances and trends.

One of the reports we have had in our library for quite a while, is the Tank Stock report. The user selects a day and the report returns the tank stock and tank production for each tank in the organization for the selected day. It aggregates the stock and production at the tank, battery, field, and organization level and provides the tank strappings (feet and inches) for each tank.  It is a standard and widely used report and I know it has not had any significant changes requested to it for at least 3 years.

Suddenly, without any warning, drastic changes in the market caused everyone to take a closer look at their storage capacity. We were receiving requests from multiple clients to add more analytics to the Tank Stock report. Continue reading “Use Power BI to Monitor Your Oil Storage Capacity with DAX Moving Averages Excluding Zeros”

Jumpstart Enverus Drillinginfo Direct Access API Integrations

Disclaimer: Mi4 is not affiliated with Enverus. Mi4 does not endorse or recommend any particular data subscription service.

Mi4 has helped many of our clients integrate data from data subscription services into their own projects and data initiatives. One of the many subscription services we have implemented solutions around is Enverus Drillinginfo’s Direct Access API.  The Direct Access API allows Enverus customers with DI Plus subscriptions to access Enverus’ extensive collection of public data and bring it in-house.

TL/DR: Check out our C# Classes and SQL scripts for the Enverus Drillinginfo Direct Access API on our GitHub.

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