Tips and Tricks from the Imaginet Experts

Get ready for some fantastic tips, tricks, and best practices from our resident Imaginet software innovation experts! From SharePoint advice to Visual Studio, TFS, and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) best practices to lessons learned on Custom Application Development projects, we have a lot of great advice to share to get your new year started on the right foot. In this article, we will share 6 tips and tricks from our Imaginet experts, with more to come in future…

Imaginet Speaks: Visual Studio Team Services 2017

Visual Studio Team Services 2017 - Part 1 Imaginet superstar, Etienne Tremblay, joins Bracket Show for Part 1 of 'Visual Studio Team Services 2017'. Check out the video below: Visual Studio Team Services 2017 - Part 2 Was this article helpful? Let us know in the comments and feel free to share this with your network! If you're looking for more info on Visual Studio, check out our Visual Studio & TFS page. Find out...

Power Query Function for Dense Ranking

Power Query Function for Dense Ranking Recently I was having issues writing a measure in DAX to rank items properly (not an issue with the DAX, but in my understanding of the DAX). I did some searching and came across Chris Webb's article that had a nice implementation of ranking using Power Query. The technique he proposed uses Power Query to: sort a table by the column you want to rank by, add an index column...

What is DevOps and Why Is It Important?

What is DevOps and Why Is It Important? I'm sure there are hundreds of posts out there trying to define DevOps. Here are my two cents: If you subscribe to the lean software development way of thinking, you think about a pipeline of value that results in working software.  For example this might be:   Analysis -> Dev -> Test -> Deploy -> Monitor   As with any pipeline, there is likely a bottleneck somewhere...

Is this the rebirth of the SharePoint Intranet?

Is this the rebirth of the SharePoint Intranet? With the cloud gaining momentum, the future of the intranet is never far from our minds, or more specifically, the future of the traditional intranet portal. Modern business users want tools that make them more productive and engaged, and they want them in a single, easily accessible location. Microsoft’s SharePoint Server was once billed as an all-round company intranet portal, but it simply doesn’t have the capacity...

Imaginet’s Top 6 Favorite New Features of TFS 2017

Imaginet’s Top 6 Favorite New Features of TFS 2017 With the recent release of Visual Studio 2017, now is a great time to upgrade your Team Foundation Server (TFS) to 2017! This new release is jam-packed with over 25 new features and fixes that help your team develop software better by improving communication and collaboration throughout your software development process. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider upgrading to TFS 2017:  ...

Power Query for Azure tables and Updating Column Names

Power Query for Azure Tables and Updating Column Names I recently did some PowerBI work using Azure Table Storage. In the query editor, it seemed that each table I pulled in from Azure Tables had a very similar process.: Get the list of tables available for the storage account. Select a table Select the Content of the table (excluding the RowKey, PartitionKey, and timestamp columns) Expand the columns in the Content Rename the columns Azure...