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Excel MVP's Protesting PowerPivot's Removal

Excel MVP’s in Pivot Protest Shirts – We Pity the MS Employees About to Address Us!
(OK Actually We Really Like the Folks Talking to Us Today –
”ProPlus Voldemoort” Remains Cloaked in Shadow)

Today (Monday) was the first day of the MVP Summit at Microsoft HQ in Redmond WA.  This whole “PowerPivot is missing from retail SKU’s in 2013” issue is of course top of mind for many of us. 

Bill Jelen hit the Microsoft Company Store first thing this morning to score some swag.  What did he find?

imageHe found a shirt, in the Microsoft store, with the simple caption “Pivot.”  You can see me wearing one here at right.

And the shirts, these beautiful, BEAUTIFUL shirts, WERE MARKED DOWN.  Half price.  As if they’d been tossed aside, unwanted.

Bill bought them all.  And brought them back to the Summit to hand them out to the other MVP’s.

The Excel MVP’s were more than happy to wear them.  Solidarity!  Give us back PowerPivot!

I love these people.


But I also love the people who work on the product.  As hinted above, the people responsible for the ProPlus decision are elsewhere.  Higher up.  In the parts of the building protected by razor wire.

(In all honesty I’m really not all that grumpy even with the anonymous decisionmakers behind this.  I’m just absolutely convinced that they have inadvertently acted against their own self interests AND ours.)

Picked up by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet!


Hey check this out!  We made ZDNet!
(Click image to read article)

And I do mean WE made ZDNet.  Check this out, Eric Hutton and Carsten B’s comments from this blog made it into her article:


Eric and Carsten, take a bow Smile

Not Limited to Excel MVP’s!

Also today, Mark Polino, a bit of a celebrity in MS Dynamics circles, posted this article:


Click to read Mark’s article, and remember…  he’s a Dynamics MVP!

Hilarious.  And true.

Finally, note that Mark is the first person I ever saw wearing one of these Pivot shirts, when he and I first met each other in December:


Me and Mark.  In Happier Times Smile

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 13 Comments
  1. Ha…looks more like a courtroom with you all in boiler-suits!

    Love that ZDNET headline “Can Microsoft bring BI to the masses if the Excel 2013 masses can’t get BI”. Very clever.

  2. I keep my fingers crossed for you Rob and all other MVP’S.
    I really hope you’ll change their mind and bring us back PowerPivot.
    Thank you Rob and Bill !

  3. Yeah, I saw that article last night on Twitter. It pointed out correctly that about 1/2 of PowerPivot functionality is in all Excel versions (Data Model), but to me, that is 1/2 a loaf!

  4. Yeah! That’s what I’m talking about. Lots of star power in that room. Besides you and Ken, you also have Bill Jelen and Mike Girvin!

  5. Rob.
    Does MS really care about what their MVP’s think…..I they did would a non productive UI like the Ribbon in 2007 gotten through…

    1. Yes, the Excel team does care what the MVP’s think. In fact, more so as time goes on – that is getting better actually – I’ve watched the quality of that communication channel increase even over the past two years.

      Personally though I still think the ribbon is a good idea, a good thing. It’s important to remember that the MVP’s don’t represent EVERY user of the product. And the ribbon is good for the average person. Maybe that’s a blog post for the future – Why Rob Collie Likes the Ribbon 🙂

  6. While considering charting “improvements” in 2007 the least they could have done is talk to the likes of Jon Peltier, Jorge Camoe and many other “Data Visualization” gurus.
    We would not have had the “Charting Disaster” that we had in 2007 which took 2 more releases to partially correct.

    When redesigning the Name Manager in 2007 they surely knew of a far far superior “Name Manager” already developed by Jan Karel Pieterse and Charles Williams and could have easily incorporated their inputs

    While introducing “Sparklines” in 2010 they could have had a chat with Fabrice Rimlinger and they would have discovered that one man’s creativity far exceeds that of mighty organisation…..but they were busy trying to patent it !!

    While removing “PowerPivot” from Excel 2013 standard version the least they could have done is had a chat with one Rob Collie or a Tom Gleeson and found out what they thought about the idea !

    “Why Rob Collie likes the Ribbon” —don’t even start that….you site is not going to be able to handle the traffic…:-)

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