SmartDocumentor highlighted on the MSDN Blog Logic App Team

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We are proud to announce that our article about Processing Feedback Evaluations (paper) with SmartDocumentor (OCR), Logic Apps, Azure Functions & Power BI written by our own Sandro Pereira was published by the influent blog: blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/logicapps from the MSDN Blog Logic Apps Team. See the article here:

In this article Sandro explain how he was able to use SmartDocumentor (OCR) and easily extend it using Microsoft cloud serverless technologies like: Azure Logic Apps, Azure Functions and Power BI, to process Events Feedback Evaluations forms that he recently organized to be able, in real time, to produce interactive dashboards on Power BI, in other words, how he was able to easily converted paper into data in order to generate additional value and gain insights over it.

If you want to know more about our product SmartDocumentor have a look here: http://www.smartdocumentor.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Power BI Tiles Pro NFR license for Microsoft MVPs

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Congratulations to this year’s MVPs who have recently received their new designations!

And to recognize your valuable work in local and worldwide communities, DevScope is very pleased to provide a free Power BI Tiles Pro not-for-resale (NFR) license (for 1 year) to all Microsoft Most Value Professional (MVP).

This NFR license will give you unlimited access to:

  • Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop for Office: These are Office Add-ins that allows you to embed your, or your team’s Power BI Visuals into your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Outlook Messages quickly and directly without leaving office in seconds.
  • Power BI Tiles Online: This is an online version of Power BI Tiles that will allow you to embed Power BI visualizations into office documents (Access Online, Excel 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), Excel Online, PowerPoint 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), PowerPoint Online).

To access this offer, you only have to submit this form. We will review your information and contact you to set up your account.

If you have any questions regarding Power BI Tiles Pro or this offer, just send us an email to support@devscope.net.

*By submitting your contact information, you authorize DevScope to contact you via email about its products, services and special offers. However, we respect your privacy and we will never sell your contact information and you are free to unsubscribe our newsletters at any time.

 

Power BI Tiles has a new desktop version with much cooler features

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We just released a new version of Power BI Tiles Pro  with some amazing new features:

  • Report Filters Now you can create variations of your PBI Reports by applying filters directly to the data. In all reports, the filters tab will be displayed by default.

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  • Microsoft PBI SDK update Microsoft released updates to its SDK and we are now using the latest versions. Enhanced functionalities enabled us to support filtering APIs.
  • Better and faster rendering We improved the rendering mechanisms and we are now experiencing much faster (+30%) refresh cycles.
  • Bug Fixing and overall improvements We fixed all reported bugs and refactored code to make it more stable and robust.

To enjoy all these newest additions, make sure you update your version of Power BI Tiles Pro or, if you are not a Power BI Tiles Pro user, do not miss the chance to install it.

Stop wasting time taking snapshots from your dashboards

Now you can:

  • Add Power BI visuals (dashboard tiles & reports) into your slide deck, Word document or Outlook message using high definition static images.
  • Maintain cropping or formatting, even while refreshing the underlining dashboards.
  • Navigate and preview your Power BI catalog without leaving your documents.
  • Automate the refresh process to ensure all images regenerate using the latest data in powerbi.com

For more information about our online and desktop version, please visit our website: http://www.powerbitiles.com

Azure Analysis Services ready for production!

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Microsoft announced today the general availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to their data platform in the cloud. Built on the on-premises analytics engine in SQL Server, Azure Analysis Services provides enterprise-grade data modeling in the cloud.

We have been lucky to be part of the early previews and we already have customers in production. The announcement (Announcing Azure Analysis Services general availability) even quotes our BI Team Manager, Rui Romano:

“One of the great advantages of using Azure Analysis Services and Power BI is that it gives us the flexibility to start small and scale up only as fast as we need to, paying only for the services we use. We also have a very dynamic security model with Azure Analysis Services and Azure Active Directory and in addition to providing row-level security, we use Analysis Services to monitor report usage and send automated alerts if someone accesses a report or data record that they shouldn’t.”

We want to congratulate the Microsoft Business Intelligence team for reaching another important milestone!

Congratulations Rui Romano, our new Microsoft MVP

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We are happy to confirm that in our team, we have a new Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP): Rui Romano, awarded as Data Platform MVP for his contributions to offline and online Microsoft-related technical communities.

We are thrilled to have such outstanding technical professional in our team and we would like to congratulate Rui for this MVP nomination. He will now join an exceptional group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out, share their technical expertise with others and help individuals maximize their use of technology.

“I’m proud to see Rui receiving this award, he is a brilliant technician and it has been a pleasure to see him grow both at a professional and personal level in these last 11 years that we work together. Thank you for putting such an effort helping others succeed and for being an inspiration for many others in our team. Congratulations Rui.”

Márcia Teixeira, Human Resources Manager at DevScope

Rui requested us to share his acknowledgment here:

“I’m deeply honored and humbled by this award that recognizes my work around Microsoft Data Platform Communities.

Although this award is viewed as a personal achievement it couldn’t be done without the help & backup from my fellow team mates at DevScope especially the BI & Data Analytics Team!

Thank You!”

Rui Romano, Manager & Senior Architect at DevScope

Most Valuable Professional is an annual award given to outstanding members of Microsoft’s technical communities. And we have the honor to have currently 3 Microsoft MVPs amongst our team:

Thank you all for their community efforts, showcasing their passions and drive to offer customers most valuable solutions in their business areas.

Have you already tried Power BI Tiles Pro?

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Time is too valuable for screen clipping and low-quality images “copy and paste”. Power BI Tiles Pro has a new desktop version with much cooler features that will allow you to embed your Power BI Visuals in seconds and become more agile and productive. So, stop wasting valuable time and open your favorite Office product (Outlook, Word or PowerPoint), login and navigate thru Power BI directly from Office and embed your, or your team’s dashboard and reports… yes! It is astonishing that so simple!

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What’s Power BI Tiles Pro?

Power BI Tiles Pro is a “pack” composed by two versions of the product:

  • Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop for Office: These are Office Add-ins that allows you to embed your, or your team’s Power BI Visuals into your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Outlook Messages quickly and directly without leaving office in seconds.
  • Power BI Tiles Online: This is an online version of Power BI Tiles that will allow you to embed Power BI visualizations into office documents (Access Online, Excel 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), Excel Online, PowerPoint 2013 Service Pack 1 (or higher), PowerPoint Online).

What’s Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop for Office? How does it work? What’s new?

These Office Add-ins will allow you to embed your, or your team’s Power BI Visuals (dashboards and reports) directly into your Office documents allowing you also to perform effects operations with it, like formatting to appear with shadows or performing, but most important, selectively update/refresh those visuals at any time keeping the shapes with the original format with just one click.

“Quite simply, a MUST-HAVE Power BI add-in”. Jonas Young

“The missing piece for Power BI integration into office. Simply fantastic”. Paul Stevens

“Awesome work. Top add-in. Worked perfectly for me. You guys rock!” Stewart Langley

You can now install Power BI Tiles Pro: Online and Desktop:

  • Download Power BI Tiles Pro Online from the Microsoft Store
    • Note: To install Power BI Tiles Pro Online follow the steps described on the Microsoft Store
  • Download Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop zip package
    • To install Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop, unzip the file downloaded previously from the website and install the executable add-in files (one for each Microsoft product – Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook)
    • Run the setup program and follow the instructions shown on your screen for the installation program.

To activate your license, you just need to register with your Power BI account (on the online or desktop version). To receive the activation keys, go to our store. You will receive an email with your 4-activation key: one to the online solution and three others to use for each module of the desktop solution.

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To activate your licenses:

  • On Power BI Tiles Pro Online: Click on “Store” button, open the “Activate license” tab and insert the online activation key provided
  • On Power BI Tiles Pro Desktop: Open the add-in tab in each Microsoft product, click on “Activate license” and insert the activation key provided for that specific product

Fill free to try the product and check some of the new and improved features of Power BI Tiles Pro:

  • Add Power BI Visuals: Add Power BI visuals (dashboard tiles & reports) into your slide deck, Word document or Outlook message with a powerful Power BI interactivity and experience
    • And we now support Power BI Public Web Reports – *new*

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  • Manual & Automatic Refresh Process: Automate the Refresh process to ensure all images regenerate using the latest data in powerbi.com
    • You can now not only insert but also update or refresh in real-time your Power BI visuals keeping the inserted shapes or visuals with the same applied format. Power BI Tiles Pro will allow you to update the static images with the latest data from Power BI while keeping all formats, resizes, and locations intact.

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  • High Definition Images: Use high definition static images when embedding and apply any kind of styles or formatting

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  • Visuals catalog preview: Preview and select the items to insert while navigating through your Power BI visuals catalog.

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Why is this app so cool?

Now you don’t need to take snapshots of your visualizations and update your documents before an important meeting or presentation. These add-ins will allow you to create dynamic documents with “refreshable” Power BI Visuals, that you can share with other people even if they don’t have the Power BI Tiles Pro installed.

Don’t forget to give it a try and give us your feedback. Download Power BI Tiles Pro.

Sector público reúne no Porto

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A Microsoft está sempre em movimento para desenvolver as tecnologias mais inovadoras e para ficar mais próxima das necessidades das comunidades locais.

Desta vez irá estar no Porto para apresentar as últimas inovações direccionadas para o sector público e focadas no desenvolvimento da região e das cidades.

Mais uma vez a DevScope foi convidada para partilhar da sua experiência e casos de sucesso. Rui Quintino [Data Plataform MVP] e Manuela Álvares (Domus Social Porto) estarão a representar as respectivas perspectivas num dos mais pioneiros projectos de Azure (cloud) e PowerBI.

O evento irá ocorrer no próximo dia 16 de Março na Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett no Porto entre as 9h15 e as 13h00.

Confira a agenda abaixo:

As inscrições são limitadas, se ainda não recebeu o seu convite, contacte-nos para info@devscope.net?subject=ConvitePubAdmin.