That’s what my client said to me: “I need my financial process as simple as pressing a button…”
She was joking, of course. But it really got my mind whirring. And then came one heck of a side project!
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The accounting team at TPIC was spending too much time doing manual and repetitive tasks to close out the month and generate regular reporting packets for management. Having worked with us in the past, they asked us to streamline the process.
We promised them we’d make the process as fast and as simple as possible, joking that it would be as easy as pressing a button, and now it is!
A process that used to take days now only takes a few minutes, and all the manual labor has been reduced to a single button press, literally.
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Is Your Oilfield Management Platform Doing These 6 Things?
“Digitization is the new lubricant for the future of the oil and gas industry’s upstream sector.” –Strategy& report by PwC
In order to keep a competitive advantage in a cutthroat marketplace, world-class oil and gas operations are tapping into the latest technologies. Augmented reality (AR), machine learning, automation, and robotics are all part of ‘what’s next’ in oil and gas exploration, but the greatest investments in transformative technologies are taking shape around software designed to make exploration more agile and data more accessible than ever before. Continue reading “Is Your Oilfield Management Software Doing These 6 Things?”
Welcome to the second post in our miniseries: “Are You Developing Power BI Reports the Right Way?” In the two-part series we are designing a sample Power BI report visualizing the weather on Mars and using some real world techniques.
The highlights of our first post were:
- Getting data from Mars
- Using a JSON file as a data source
- Performing operations in the “Get Data” phase using M
- Implementing a Dynamic Slicer
- Using Chiclet Slicer and Dummyimage to create a Legend Slicer
- Making design decisions
Note: Due to the popularity of this article, we have developed a custom Power BI line chart visual that has built-in support for allowing the end users to switch the axis scales, read about it in @Talal’s post. and viewing them in Power BI Desktop.
This post will focus on:
- Switching an Axis Between Logarithmic and Linear Scales via a Slicer
- Adding a Date Slicer
- Using a Dark Theme
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Mi4 is excited to announce the public release of the Productioneer Report Portal to all of our Productioneer customers. The Productioneer Report Portal allows Productioneer users to see their Productioneer reports directly in a web browser. To use the portal, users do not need to have Productioneer installed on their computers and can now view their reports on tablet or mobile devices.
Access to the Productioneer Report Portal is included with a Productioneer subscription and is available to all Productioneer customers at no additional cost. Since Productioneer is not priced by user, Productioneer customers can give any member of their organization or partners access to the portal at no additional fee. Continue reading “Productioneer Report Portal General Release”
Data is king, or queen depending on your household dynamics. How you communicate that data and its impact to your clients can help or hurt your business. Both your short and long term relationships can hang in the balance, which is why the quality and delivery of your Power BI reports are everything.
Case Study: Power BI Report Development
In this blog post mini-series, we will be taking you through the process of creating a Power BI report. The demo report draws from one we created for a client as part of a larger dashboard project. It implements a line chart to visualize the weather on Mars.
The actual report we developed had nothing to do with Mars, space, or weather, but you should find it useful to understand how real-life issues can be resolved and optimizations can be employed. The first post in the series focuses on data-prep and implementation of a legend slicer.
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In the world of software consulting, it is impossible to ignore the recent precipitous growth of cloud-based software solutions. Since 2016, worldwide spending on cloud-based software has increased by 42% and is expected to rise another 38% by 2020. Cloud capabilities enable new streams of connectivity to take shape in our global networks that make our businesses operate smoothly and more efficiently. Continue reading “The 7 Benefits of Creating a Simple Software Solution Using the Cloud”
We launched our updated Mi4.com website this week! Developed in-house, we think it is a big improvement over our old site, but we’re biased. So don’t take our word for it, head over to Mi4.com and tell us what you think.
In my last post I mentioned that you would be seeing more of our new logo and that we had several releases planned in the near future. I was not pulling your leg. These are busy, exciting times at Mi4. Stay tuned.
Today is the official launch date of our new Mi4 logo. The new logo was crafted in-house by one of our developers, and we think you will be seeing a lot of it. We have several releases planned for the back part of 2018. Stay tuned!
Mi4 is excited to announce that we are now a Redgate Certified Partner.
Redgate makes ingeniously simple software used by over 800,000 IT professionals and is the leading Microsoft SQL Server tools vendor. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems developers and DBAs face every day.
Mi4 customers have actually been enjoying the benefits of Redgate’s tools for years without realizing it. We employ SQL Compare to rollout updates across all of our customers’ databases and use SQL Monitor to ensure the Productioneer databases are operating at peak performance.
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