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Last week’s two-part series on The Three Big Lies and The World Doesn’t Know Its Own Numbers got me thinking about how all of this is connected.  It’s all one big story, and I need to stitch it together.

I actually told a big part of that story in one of my sessions at the PASS BA CON earlier this month, and people seemed to genuinely both enjoy and benefit from it.  Because of that (and because I spent over 100 hours prepping that talk!), I’ve been meaning to re-record that talk for YouTube.

So I thought, hey, let’s cross the streams.  I’ll make a series of short videos that tell the entire story – including, but not limited to, what I shared at PASS.

Today I present the Introduction to the story.  Anyone who’s used Power Pivot for awhile will “recognize” the transformation I’m hinting at in this Intro, but if you’re just starting down the road, I hope you find it exciting.  Because you have some amazing discoveries just around the corner.

Please tell me what you think of this video – either here or on YouTube – because I’ll factor that into the series.  The more I know, the better I can tell the story.

(Note that we will be switching PowerPivotPro.com over to a new server this weekend, so comments might be disabled here starting Friday night).

Rob Collie

One of the founding engineers behind Power Pivot during his 14-year career at Microsoft, and creator of the world’s first cloud Power Pivot service, Rob is one of the foremost authorities on self-service business intelligence and next-generation spreadsheet technology.

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  1. Hi Rob.
    You are really odd – computer science student, software developer with the ability to capture your audience with words. You are supposed to be a quiet recluse answering questions with either a “hhhrrrrmmm” or a lengthy scientific explanation that only you yourself really understood.
    Bill Jelen awakened my curiosity about Power Pivot when I bought his DVD on Excel 2010 where he did a rather simple example building a model combining sales records with weather data. This landed me at powerpivotpro.com because I had this deep down gut feeling that this is the band wagon to hop. Now Microsoft has gone further, adding Power Query and Power View to the portfolio and my gut feeling is growing – there is magic lurking in the shadows.
    So, you are preparing to come out and reveal that you are a graduate of Hogwarts and judging from this first installment I will be eagerly awaiting the next episode.
    Just to boost your day please visit

    http://powerpivotseth.wordpress.com/

    Best,
    Seth

  2. I can’t wait to hear more. But I also think your voice would be great for voiceover work. Can you imagine the next big summer blockbuster movie trailer where Rob’s voice fades in, “In a world, where big data collide…”

  3. Love it! While I’ve heard your story before, it is good enough to listen to again. The video is great because we get to hear your genuine excitement for what you do. Looking forward to the next one in the series. BTW, just got my Alchemy book in the mail, can’t wait to start building/creating stuff with your new techniques!

  4. Nicely done. It is a video that I can share with others who are not as excited about what data can do for us. I have not had the opportunity to hear your story and am looking forward to future installments.

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