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Saturday morning, less than a month after I started this site, I took the following screenshot off of the stats page:


Wow.  That is incredibly gratifying, folks.  It helps, of course, to have a hot product like PowerPivot to talk about.

But this means a bit more to me than you might think.

This summer, my ex moved to Cleveland with the kids, which meant that I was soon to follow.  After a career of developing “big box” software while employing a heavily “in-person” style, suddenly I was across the country and wondering how I was going to remain in the game.  Cleveland is not renowned for big-box software development 🙂

Much of that remains to be seen – I’m still with MS, still part of the PowerPivot team, and we’re still figuring out the best fit for me going forward.  But it’s a good kind of uncertainty now.

I was worried, leaving Redmond.  I’m not worried anymore.  In fact I have not felt this recharged in years.  This site, and the people I’ve met through it, is a HUGE part of that.  If I end up leaving MS at some point, this site goes with me, which is why I am here instead of on MSDN.  This is very much my personal creation, and at my expense.  It’s worth it.

And hey, I got to take a cross-country roadtrip with the kids.  How often does that end up feeling like the practical thing to do?  Truly a once in a lifetime experience:

               Chicago Museum of Science & Industry

                                                The PowerPivotProgeny

So…  thanks folks.  I’ll keep working to make this place worth visiting.  You keep sending comments and questions 🙂



Rob Collie

Rob Collie

One of the original engineering leaders behind Power BI and Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, Rob Collie founded a consulting company in 2013 that is 100% devoted to “the new way forward” made possible by Power BI and its related technologies. Since 2013, PowerPivotPro has rapidly grown to become the leading firm in the industry, pioneering an agile, results-first methodology never before seen in the Business Intelligence space. A sought-after public speaker and author of the #1-selling Power BI book, Rob and his team would like to help you revolutionize your business and your career.

This Post Has 9 Comments
  1. Rob,

    You are building very informative site with lots of good information, so visitors will come. PowerPivot was just released to first public beta last week, so having 10k pageviews when there are not that many real life PowerPivot implementation is a great thing!

    Thank you for sharing all that knowledge and best of luck to you!

    Vidas Matelis

  2. great work Rob, MS should do this as a company all the time when releasing a new product it enhances partner participation imho. I would have stranded long time ago weren’t for this blog. Keep it up 🙂

  3. Rob,

    Great work with the blog! I too am an all-around data enthusiast specializing in BI solutions using Microsoft technologies. I stumbled upon PowerPivot several weeks ago and can’t wait to start working with it – I think the BI/Predictive Analytics space is huge (and exciting)!

    I have been playing around with various in-memory applications (Tableau, Spotfire, etc.) and will have to download the Office 2010 beta to test drive PowerPivot.

    BTW – I am on the West Side of Cleveland and am a sports freek myself, unfortunately my Browns are causing me great frustration!


    1. Hi Jason 🙂

      Yeah, the Browns… hmmm… fortunately for me I guess, I don’t really have much of a tradition of adopting the sports teams from the cities I move to 🙂 I was raised as a Gator fan and that really is the only team I remain somewhat devoted to. Mostly I just like to see good games.

      Oh, and as a child, I loved the Denver Broncos because they had the same colors as Florida. I remember vividly The Drive and The Fumble. I hope we can still be friends 🙂

      If I organized some sort of 1-day PowerPivot event after the first of the year somewhere around here, would you be interested?


  4. Great work Rob …. I think you are jumping in on something exciting here – noy to worry…

    I hope to be able to help with that success too.


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