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5 short tips for Power BI

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 19 July 2021

Sometimes our Owls come across little titbits that aren't big enough to count as a full meal. Instead we bide our time and create a smorgasbord of little bites for you to feast on. With that in mind, here are 5 Power BI tips that you might not know.

Tags:   Power BI | General

Power BI Channels you should watch

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 July 2021

There are many great resources for learning Power BI, and so many of them are completely free! Level up your BI skills with some of the best. Here Sam covers some of his favourite BI channels. You even get a glimpse behind the curtain to see other channels he watches!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Practise SQL in your browser with SQL Fiddle

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 01 July 2021

Some of our poor delegates don't have the luxury of a home computer to install SQL on (even worse some have made bad life choices and picked a Mac). The good news is that you can still practise your SQL skills in your web browser, using the impressive SQL Fiddle site. Have no fear, SQL Fiddle is here, a browser based sandbox to bring you cheer!

Tags:   SQL | General

What to do when you get red squiggly lines in SSMS and no Intellisense

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 28 April 2021

Normally when SQL Server Management Studio underlines words with what Microsoft call "red squigglies" it's because you haven't refreshed your local cache, but it could also be because of a recent bug - here's how to get round this!

Tags:   SQL | General

Solving FAILED TO DECRYPT CREDENTIALS message when running Power BI

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 20 April 2021

Following the April 2021 update to Power BI (perhaps coincidentally) we started getting this message appearing on our computers, blocking us from running Power BI. Here is how to solve this!

Tags:   Power BI | General

Two easy ways to create themes in Power BI without needing to write JSON

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 30 October 2020

This blog show two ways in which you can create custom themes in Power BI without needing to learn how to write JSON: either use the built-in theme editor in Power BI, or use the theme generator from Power BI Tiips.

Tags:   Power BI | General

This blog shows you how to connect to Remote Desktop if you're using a Mac

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 30 October 2020

Most people attending our online training courses use Windows computers, but the odd Mac user slips through! This blog explains how you can connect to Remote Desktop on a Mac, and so still enjoy your Wise Owl online training.

5 horrible SQL jokes and one puzzle

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 22 July 2020

Sam has a terrible sense of humour which is all too often inflicted on his delegates. Sadly, with this blog, on website viewers too ...

Tags:   SQL | General

Writing an App in Power Apps

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 26 June 2020

Sam was tired of getting told off for crinkled or missing expense receipts. So he had a look at Power Apps and this is what he found…

Tags:   Power BI | General

Use VBA to create Microsoft Team meetings

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 26 June 2020

Did you know that you can create Microsoft Team meetings using VBA in Outlook? This blog shows you how!

Tags:   VBA macros | General

5 things Sam has done while locked inside!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 26 June 2020

Our trainers are normally out and about across the entire UK (even Europe sometimes). So what has one of them been doing with all this extra time at home?

FAQ - questions (and answers) about how our online training works

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 19 June 2020

This blog answers some of the frequently asked questions about how our online training works (such as what software and hardware you'll need, and what freebies are included!).

How to configure your webcam, microphone, speakers and much more!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 19 June 2020

Not sure what you need for our online courses? Here's our definitive guide to setting up your computer sofware and hardware to ensure that everything works smoothly.

The Wise Owls have new home offices (with some better than others ...)

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 07 April 2020

The Coronavirus crisis has made the Wise Owls flee to their home nests - but as this blog shows, some nests are better prepared than others.

Sam attended our first Power BI meetup at the end of January, and was impressed!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 29 February 2020

A summary of what happened in the Power BI meet-up at the end of January, from a convert (Sam).

Tags:   Power BI | General

YouTube Silver Award - 100K + subscribers!

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 25 November 2019

We're proud to announce that YouTube have given us their coveted silver award, in recognition of the fact that our video channel has over 100,000 subscribers.

Dynamic comparison calculations in DAX

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 11 November 2019

This blogs shows a clever way in which you can use a slicer to choose which values to compare in a measure.

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

Explaining the VALUE argument of the RANKX function in DAX

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 29 October 2019

The RANKX function does what the name implies - it ranks values based on a calculation. However, the VALUE argument often causes confusion; this blog explains what it does!

Tags:   Power BI | Measures / DAX

5 board games worth trying

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 05 October 2019

Sam lists out 5 board games you should try, covering everything from matching symbols to killing zombies.

Attending an Expo - 5 things to consider

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 19 August 2019

Having attended our first expo we would like to share some insights into things to consider!

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