Category : Features

[Cross posted from granitestatehacker.kataire.com] There were a number of very cool announcements made at Microsoft Build’s 2016 kickoff, Wednesday, March 30th.  On first brush, one might not notice the common theme across the announcements, however. Hololens is shipping for developers. Xbox One has an active Dev mode, enabling any Xbox Retail unit to become an Xbox dev kit (and go …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Bob Familiar has released a new code repository for learning how to architect and implement an IoT solution using Windows 10 Core IoT hardware devices and Azure IoT Hub and Stream Analytics. The material is in the form of a 5-module hands-on lab. At the conclusion of going through the hands-on lab, you will have provisioned an Azure environment using …

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Written on Mar, 02, 2016 by in , | Leave a comment

[Cross-posted from blog.davemdavis.net] Yesterday Microsoft announced the availability of the HoloLens Developer Kits.  The kits are available to developers who registered and were approved to get them. They will be shipped in waves with wave 1 shipping on March 30th.  These kits are going for $3000 and are only available in the US and Canada. Making a real hard decision …

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Written on Dec, 02, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

How to speed up performance of Excel Reduce Operations The number of cell references and operations has the biggest impact on workbook performance, not the number of formulas. A few smaller helper formulas are usually more efficient than one enormous formula. If possible, avoid the use of the same formula repeatedly in multiple cells by taking it out and using …

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Written on Nov, 11, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

This is a second blog in a four-part series dedicated to building efficient Excel models. Here, I’ll discuss some general recommendations for building lean and mean (and small) Excel models. Although you can build large Excel models, there are several reasons not to. Large Excel models containing multitudes of tables and columns are overkill for most analysis and consume large …

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Written on Nov, 10, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

When clients think of digital agencies, they are often not sure what to expect. But the one word that jumps out to them is ‘Creative’. This is not necessarily what agencies are about though, or the service they offer. We have this at BlueMetal, an Insight company, where we have ‘creative’ employees and a ‘creative’ department, which we have structured to …

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Written on Nov, 03, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Building Efficient Excel Models (part 1 of 4) Recent economic developments across the globe have added to the uncertainty that fueled the recent stock market turbulence as demonstrated by the VIX above reflecting implied volatility of traded option contracts on S&P 500 stocks. The index peaked on Monday, August 24 (otherwise known as “Black Monday” due to the global sell-off …

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Written on Nov, 03, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Digital Showrooms are big business now – Tommy Hilfiger and Neiman Marcus have started installing them into select stores to gain insight into consumer appetite. Audi launched a successful digital showroom in London. A heightened digital customer experience that saves on floor-plan because stock is virtually presented has clear business benefits. It works for specific use cases such as a …

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Written on Oct, 27, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

Retailers have long held for a dream of a connected experience – the idea that you can create a tether between your brand and customers. But technology has never been quite at that point to achieve this vision. Until now. Several factors have combined to now fulfill the tethered brand. The cloud: The cloud has finally reached its original promise …

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Written on Oct, 20, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

You may have heard recently about LinkedIn being ordered in court to pay $13m in damages as a result of its bad user experience which forces, or tricks, its newly signed users to spamming their contacts without their knowledge. The figure comes from 10 dollars in damages charged to every user. If this had been proved to cause mental anguish, …

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