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The One and Only Bill Jelen (left) and His Superhero Alter Ego, MrExcel (right)
(yes there was a wardrobe change.  he brought his own phonebooth and everything)

Whatever “mentum” is, we are gaining “mo” of it.

Get it?  Mo-mentum?

Awesome time last night.  I got to sit and watch Bill do his thing.  I had asked him to cover his favorite new things in Excel 2010 and 2013, knowing full well that he’d do maybe 50% Power Pivot at most.

We were thirty minutes into his demos before he showed us a trick that I already knew.

Neat huh?  Time after time, I was like “wow, THAT is in the product??”

Excel pros will crawl over broken glass for camaraderie

We had just as strong of an “out of town” contingent at last night’s meeting as we did the first time around.

We even had another Excel MVP, Jordan Goldmeier, surprise us by driving up from Dayton for the event.  Here we are flashing the official Excel Gang Sign:


Me, Jordan, and Bill.
(No, I am not drunk.  I just blink in virtually every flash picture ever taken of me.)

Then our post-event trip to the bar and grill across the street was again “stronger” than last time.  We overflowed our table and are bordering on having to reserve our own room next time.

Maybe we can get Mavis Winkle’s to sponsor the group, heh heh.

The #1 Highlight

My favorite part of the whole night:  sitting back at the pub and listening to the Excel pro on my left (Peter) and the Excel pro across from me (Matt) explain to the other Excel pros at the table how much Power Pivot has changed their entire way of working.

Four+ years of shouting from the rooftops, and now I occasionally get to watch other people spread the word while I just sit back and nod emphatically?  Imagine how good that feels.

Reminded me of that scene in Fight Club where Tyler is no longer the center of each “meeting,” he just floats around the periphery, in the shadows.  The club sustains itself. 

Tyler Durden is everywhere, is everyone.

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.

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  1. Hey Bob!

    I’m the person in the middle of the picture above (doing the “X”). And I’m actually in Dayton, not Akron, which is much closer to you in Sydney. I’m looking to start a group here in the Miami Valley. If that’s something you’re interested in, please shoot me an email: jordangoldmeier (@) theperducogroup (.com).

      1. More appropriately, the frequency with which it’s referred to as “PowerPivot,” instead of “Power Pivot,” has peaked.

      2. Of course, no one has yet to advertise a job under the name “Power Pivot”.

        Just being realistic. Remember, I am out there every day looking at all job openings, so I am somewhat qualified to comment on this subject.

        1. There was question about the availability of Power-no-space-Pivot in some licenses of Excel 2013. This could explain the peak as developers and employers questioned the longevity of the new technology. On the other hand, Microsoft changed the name from “PowerPivot” to “Power Pivot” in July of this year. The name change itself could also conceivably reconcile the peak in “PowerPivot” and increase in “Power Pivot.” Or, perhaps, you’re right; and interest in Power Pivot is waning. I have a hard time believing the latter based on personal experience, but I also lack the domain experience to challenge it.

    1. I’ve been taking a look at the individual job descriptions that come across using the job alert feature that sends the daily PowerPivot job listing to my email inbox.

      The vast majority of the PowerPivot jobs don’t really seem to be “real” PowerPivot jobs to me. They are techy jobs like SharePoint Administrator or SQL database BI developer, not Excel pro jobs. I think that companies are just adding PowerPivot to these job descriptions since they are following Microsoft’s lead to associate PowerPivot with IT jobs.

      Personally, I don’t think that the “real” PowerPivot jobs have even landed on job boards yet in any meaningful numbers. This won’t happen until people realize that PowerPivot is for the Excel pros, not the geeks.

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