Monday, July 26, 2021

Microsoft Power BI Team Selects "Brick Chart" Custom Visual as Editor’s Pick



In June 2021, the Power BI team selected Brick Chart by MAQ Software for June's Editor’s picks. Brick Chart offers a colorful and intuitive alternative to the traditional pie or donut chart. With Brick Chart, business leaders can easily understand the percentage breakdown of their largest data sets, such as customers by demographic or global sales by region. MAQ Software customers have rated Brick Chart 4.5 out of 5 stars on Microsoft AppSource. An easy-to-use, versatile visual, Brick Chart has been downloaded over 50,000 times.

MAQ Software is the 2021 Microsoft Power BI Partner of the Year. Our 33 certified custom visuals enable business leaders to customize their data visualization experience. By simplifying the presentation of complex data, business leaders can quickly spot and act on valuable opportunities.

Download Brick Chart by MAQ Software free from Microsoft AppSource.

Friday, July 9, 2021

MAQ Software honored as the winner of 2021 Microsoft Power BI Partner of the Year Award

Redmond, WA, July 8, 2021 – Microsoft announced today that MAQ Software has won the 2021 Microsoft Power BI Partner of the Year Award. MAQ Software was selected for delivering innovative business intelligence and analytics solutions using Microsoft Power BI.

Our Global 2000 customers consistently recognize us for:

    Providing architecture and governance frameworks for thousands of Power BI reports across 30 companies globally
    Accelerating Power BI adoption time from years to months using proven migration strategies
    Migrating enterprises from outdated platforms and Excel files to Power BI to provide near real-time insights
    Optimizing Power BI reports to load up to 90% faster
    Enabling independent software vendors (ISVs) to embed critical Power BI capabilities needed to improve reporting
    Delivering innovative tools such as Export to Excel, Export to PowerPoint, and Dr. Power BI to save time for executives building reports and presentations
    Publishing 33 certified Power BI visuals free for unique needs of users worldwide (over 2.3 million downloads)
    Expanding Power BI community expertise through best practice guides and training programs

About MAQ Software

MAQ Software accelerates data-driven transformations for Global 2000 companies. Using data analytics, cloud technology, and data science, we help our clients build strong customer relationships, increase sales, improve operations, and analyze marketing results. We enable our customers to accelerate their digital initiatives using our globally distributed engineering centers in Redmond, WA, and Mumbai and Hyderabad, India.

As a member of the Microsoft Partner Network with 10 Gold competencies, our customers benefit from our breadth of proven expertise across the entire Microsoft platform. As the largest 3rd party publisher of certified Power BI custom visuals, we meet unique needs of decision makers to deliver critical business insights.

Inc. magazine has recognized MAQ Software on its prestigious Inc. 5000 list ten times for demonstrating sustained organic growth. For more information, visit www.MAQSoftware.com

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Microsoft Power BI Team Selects "Ratings" and "Box and Whisker Chart" Custom Visuals as Editor’s Picks



In May 2021, the Power BI team selected Box and Whisker Chart by MAQ Software for May's Editor’s picks. Box and Whisker Chart enables business leaders to quickly compare data distribution across multiple data sets, such as sales numbers across quarters and geographies. Users can tailor the visual to display personalized insights with options such as customizable dot sizes, hierarchical axes, and the ability to color-code data points. One of MAQ Software’s most popular Power BI custom visuals, Box and Whisker Chart has been downloaded over 116,000 times on AppSource.

In March 2021, two months earlier, MAQ Software had been honored by the Power BI team in their Power BI March 2021 Feature Summary. The team selected Ratings by MAQ Software among the monthly Editor’s Picks. A simple visual to use and analyze, Ratings offers the ability to add ratings or scores to Power BI reports. With Ratings, business leaders can view performance data and performance or approval scores from within the same Power BI report, enabling quicker decision-making. Ratings by MAQ Software has over 30,000 downloads and is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on AppSource.

MAQ Software’s wide array of custom visuals enables business leaders to customize their data visualization experience. By simplifying the presentation of complex data, business leaders can quickly spot and act on valuable opportunities.

Download the free visuals from Microsoft AppSource now:
Ratings on AppSource
Box and Whisker Chart on AppSource

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Microsoft Power BI Team Selects MAQ Software Visuals as Editor’s Picks Three Months in a Row


In September 2020, MAQ Software was honored to be included in the official Microsoft Power BI team’s first ever "Editor's picks." Selected as premiere visual of the month, Trading Chart by MAQ Software breaks down historical trading records into a simple, color-coded chart. Trading Chart enables business leaders to quickly identify when stock prices are dropping or rising based on customizable price and time ranges. Trading Chart has been downloaded over 18,000 times on AppSource.

One month later, Radar Chart by MAQ Software was selected for the October 2020 Editor's picks. Radar Chart breaks variables down into a series of spokes and connector lines, creating a colorful, star-like visual. Business leaders can use Radar Chart to compare data points across multiple variables. For example, a finance manager can compare the performance of multiple companies across sales and profit variables. Radar Chart has over 13,000 downloads and is rated 4.7 out of 5 on AppSource.

The November 2020 Editor’s picks highlight Bowtie Chart by MAQ Software. Bowtie Chart displays how data flows between categories. Useful for comparing values across categories and subcategories, Bowtie Chart is ideal for assessing risk management and sales procedures. Sales executives can highlight the multiple sales avenues and their contribution to overall revenue. Bowtie Chart by MAQ Software has 22,000 downloads on AppSource.

Using visuals to represent complex data relationships enables business leaders to quickly spot performance gaps and act on opportunity.


Download free visuals from Microsoft AppSource now:
Trading Chart on AppSource
Radar Chart on AppSource
Bowtie Chart on AppSource

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

New YouTube Analytics Power BI Template App Analyzes Channels to Improve Engagement


The YouTube Analytics Power BI Template App allows channel owners and contributors to identify and analyze their content performance across time through data received from comments and feedback. This report is targeted towards enterprises and independent channel owners who want to gauge their channel performance and viewer engagement across time. By consolidating the key data points in a single report, users get a quick overview to help evaluate channel performance.

The Microsoft Power BI team featured our Youtube Analytics template app on their July 2020 Power BI Desktop blog.

To use this app, users must: 

  Create a Google API key with access to the library ‘YouTube Data API v3’ 
  Change all the three data source connections to ‘public’ when prompted 

Key Features

The report provides key insights using visualizations that highlight: 

  Most viewed videos  
  Video success ratio (total views/total likes) 
  Comment Trends (total views/total likes) 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Engineering Insights: WPF Application Optimizes and Eases Delivery


Business Scenario

As a part of support services, our client provides customers with troubleshooting services and the ability to proactively check the health of software installed on their system.

To use the platform, users traditionally had to perform the following steps:

1. Download and install software drivers on one or more data collection machines.
2. Run PowerShell commands to set up the software.
3. Run PowerShell commands with over ten parameters to configure the health check.
4. Run PowerShell commands to start the health check.
5. Run PowerShell commands to stop the health check.

Even after completing the steps, users did not know whether the health check successfully completed. The actual execution of the health check required several hours.

Key Challenges:

Our client faced three key challenges:

1. Downloading and installing the drivers and scripts and configuring and running the health check required significant time. As a result, many users abandoned the health check and did not complete the process.
2. The client's engineering team often needed to support their customers through the setup, configuration, and execution steps. As a result, the engineering team could not always focus on building new features and improving the platform. 
3. Users frequently created support tickets after following incorrect steps for the setup. The high number of support tickets led to significant support costs. 

Solution

Our client wanted to help customers by providing an automated method to configure the health check software. They needed an application to guide customers through the prerequisites, setup, configuration, and execution steps.

To address our client’s challenges, we needed to understand our client’s customers’ obstacles. We shadowed the engineering team and identified five common challenges.

1. Customer machines often did not possess the prerequisites necessary for running certain health checks. 
2. Customer machines sometimes contained policies that interfered with health check execution.
3. Customers often did not provide the parameters required for health checks for specific products.
4. Customers often entered credentials in PowerShell commands incorrectly.
5. Customers struggled to know whether they successfully completed the health check.

Armed with this knowledge, we developed an easy to use Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application that simplified customer experience considerably. This decreased the amount of effort required of customers. The WPF application resulted in a seamless end-user experience. 

Key Highlights:

1. Our application provides a one-click installation solution, removing the need for multiple PowerShell steps.
2. Our application provides clearly named menu options and buttons for users to evaluate and install all prerequisites and necessary drivers. Our application also allows users to enable and disable relevant policies and other settings. 
3. Our application allows users to specify all parameters, providing a customized install experience.
4. To simplify the health check, we separated the setup process into stages and visualized the stages with various colors to signify success, failure, or progress.
5. Our application validates all user inputs, identifies mistakes and invalid values, and assists users with troubleshooting using tooltips.
6. After users complete the health check, our application performs several tests and provides a confirmation of successful setup. If the setup is unsuccessful, the application provides a list of issues encountered, along with documentation for correction.
7. Our application also provides users with the ability to set up multiple health checks.


Business Outcomes:

The application we developed is available for download on our client’s website. Our client received many accolades for the application from their engineering teams, support teams, and customer-facing community. The application resulted in increased goodwill and efficiency for both our client and their customers.

1. Over ten percent of customers downloaded and used the application within a week of launch.
2. Application downloads and usage continue to increase.
3. Platform usage increased, and the completion percentage of health checks improved.
4. Reduced the number of support requests. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Learning Solutions for 500,000 Students in the Indian Subcontinent





MAQ Software founder and CEO, Rajeev Agarwal, shares his vision to bring learning resources to 500,000 underserved students in the Indian subcontinent. In this 12 minute video, he details:

   Establishing two fellowships fostering AI-powered education research
   Adapting open-source education software (Pehla Apps), based on four $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE winning apps, that works on common cell phones and tablets
   Building ten computer labs in India that provide Khan Academy access to over 15,000 students

To learn more about Pehla Apps, visit: http://pehlaapps.com
To learn more about Global Learning XPRIZE, visit: https://www.xprize.org/prizes/global-learning