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Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow
Michael Dannemiller

Onboarding Employees using SharePoint Workflow

Click here to see our latest onboarding workflow solution. Here at DMC, we take great pride in our onboarding process for new employees. We love that all new hires feel welcome and hit the ground running their first week. Have you ever arrived at a job and spent the first few days waiting for system access? Or for a manager to figure out what to do with you? That doesn't happen here. But as our company continues to expand the process is becoming difficult to manage. With each new emplo...

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Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI
Michael Dannemiller

Roll Up Your Data by Month Using Date Tables in Power BI

One of the most common complaints regarding the capabilities of Power BI and other reporting platforms at large is the ability, or lack thereof, to easily roll up data by month. Power BI, by default, has some capability to do this in the form of date hierarchies.  When you select a DateTime field as a dimension in a Power BI visualization, Power BI utilizes date hierarchies by default. This rolls up the measures to the year level and then enables drill downs into each quarter, month,...

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DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program
Michael Dannemiller

DMC Joins Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Program

DMC has joined Microsoft’s Power BI Red Carpet Partner Program. DMC was selected by Microsoft to join the program based on our demonstrated proficiency in developing and implementing Power BI solutions for our customers. This recognition of our expertise with Power BI comes right on the heels of our selection to join the Azure IoT Red Carpet Partner Program last month. By joining this network of Microsoft Partners, DMC will be identified as a specialized provider of Power BI solutions. ...

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DMC QuickTip #4 - Uploading Folders to SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

DMC QuickTip #4 - Uploading Folders to SharePoint 2013

The DMC QuickTips series offers short video tutorials for common Office 365 and SharePoint tasks to accompany our written training material. DMC QuickTip videos cut right to the chase and are always less than two minutes long, so feel free to come back for a refresher at any time! DMC QuickTip #4 demonstrates how to easily upload entire folders to SharePoint 2013 through Internet Explorer. This allows you to upload multiple files at once while still maintaining your file o...

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DMC QuickTip #3: Adding Column Metadata in SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

DMC QuickTip #3: Adding Column Metadata in SharePoint 2013

The DMC QuickTips series offers short video tutorials for common Office 365 and SharePoint tasks to accompany our written training material. DMC QuickTip videos cut right to the chase and are always less than two minutes long, so feel free to come back for a refresher at any time! DMC QuickTip #3 demonstrates how to add metadata columns to lists and libraries in SharePoint 2013. This allows you to enter more information to each item, and also adds more criteria by which yo...

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Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows
Michael Dannemiller

Persistent Variables in SharePoint Designer Workflows

Often times when implementing a workflow, we as designers run into a situation where we need a variable to persist between each workflow. Sometimes it’s to determine if a specific process has been completed previously or to count how many times the workflow has run. When we run into these situations, using a workflow variable won’t do since the workflow variables are instantiated anew each time the workflow executes. To solve this we have to serialize the variable in the only way ...

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Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Automated Contract Generation using Document Metadata In SharePoint 2013

One problem we run across on a fairly regular basis is the process of creating a single document which differs only slightly. Often times, this is a contract for a business that has standardized services. They want to generate a contract with the contact information of a new client, but all of the rest of the content is identical between contracts. One fantastic way to accomplish this is by using list metadata to populate fields in a document with Microsoft Word's Quick Parts. Step one is...

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Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013
Michael Dannemiller

Building Content Expiration Reminders in SharePoint 2013

When you have time-sensitive tasks or documents that require renewal or can expire, SharePoint can be the perfect tool to help you and your company remember to address these upcoming concerns. Using SharePoint Designer workflows, we can set automated reminders to send notifications to assigned parties in order to prevent critical information from becoming overdue. The first thing we have to do is create the key fields in the list for which we want to set reminders. I’m going to assume t...

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Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!
Michael Dannemiller

Wait Wait... Don't Tell DMC!

Earlier this month, in a desperate, yet ultimately futile, attempt to take our minds off the increasingly frigid weather, DMCers from the Chicago office sought refuge in the warm embrace of National Public Radio. Not with tote bags or endless donation requests, but with the hit show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Don’t let the over-punctuated name fool you, WWDTM (as it’s known to insiders who love acronyms and write blogs), is full of laughs and sharp insights into the week&r...

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