Wise Owl's quarterly (ish) news tweet  |  Issue 19 - June 2017

The items included in this newsletter are listed below. Our newsletter go out about 3 times a year - if you'd like to subscribe, just let us know!

Test your Excel, VBA or other MS Office 2016 skills

We've now published skills assessment tests in all of the main Office 2016 applicatons - you can test yourself against the world here.  For data nerds, we've also created a page giving a breakdown of the 364,848 tests completed since 1st May 2011.

SQL Server 2016 courses

We've spent over 6 months updating our SQL Server courses to run in 2016, rewriting every page of every manual in the process.  SSRS and Report Builder should be finished by the end of July, leaving just SSAS to go.  Despite this feverish activity, SQL Server 2016 doesn't include many changes for our courses, so it doesn't actually matter for most courses which version you learn in!

Power BI Desktop

The extraordinary take-off of Microsoft's flagship BI tool continues.  Competitors - and especially Tableau - must be suffering (the evidence we're hearing suggests that Power BI Desktop is going to sweep all before it).  We currently run a two-day introductory course, and also publish our own take on the latest monthly updates

Course schedule for 2017

You can see a useful summary of our next few months' courses here.  We can also run courses at your offices anywhere in the UK, in which case we will also supply and set up computers - all that you'll need to provide is a room!

A permanent new nest for the Wise Owls

After two moves in 9 months, we've finally found a permanent home.  Our head office for the last 9 months has been in an industrial unit.  While we'll miss flying model planes in the loading bay, it'll be nice to return to civilisation!

Project Euler programming challenge

Project Euler is a website containing hundreds of programming challenges, each with a difficulty rating.  Once you've solved one problem correctly, you get access to a discussion thread containing lots of other possible solutions for it.  Not only is this a great way to learn how to code (and how to create algorithms), it's also fun (particularly if you're mathematically inclined).

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