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By Avi Singh

Excel users are everywhere! Even at Toastmasters – a nonprofit educational organization focused on communication and public speaking. The other day, I had dropped in at our local Toastmasters as a guest, after a long break. It felt good to be back. The meeting had the familiar structure – speakers, evaluators, table topics. When it was over, as we were heading out, I struck up a conversation with another attendee. As members come from varied backgrounds, I didn’t know how technical I could get when describing my vocation. Thus, I spoke in general terms about my work at Microsoft, then leaving Microsoft to pursue a path of my own. And then I asked…

Me: So what do you do?
FTM (Fellow Toastmaster): Well, my job title says Quality Assurance, but that doesn’t quite describe what I do.

Me: Happens all the time, so what do you really do?
FTM: Well, I do a lot of data analysis.

Me (excited now): What tools do you use?
FTM: My company has a lot of data stored in these large databases, but they didn’t want to make a big investment in BI. So I just pull the data and analyze it in Excel.

Me: Did you know that Microsoft has released a new set of tools, called “Power BI”, which supercharges Excel?
FTM: Can it handle multiple data sources?
Me (trying to keep off the smug smile): Yes, indeed.

FTM: Can it handle large data sets?
Me (giving up now, a wide grin plastered on my face): It can do that and a lot more. You should attend one of our upcoming Webinars…

Free Webinar: Excel to Power Pivot – Cross the Gap

I have seen how transformative this path can be. From my own journey (read or watch) and from many others I have witnessed since joining PowerPivotPro. I believe the three steps below are needed to really set a person or organization on this path:-

  1. Awareness of Power Pivot and it’s superpowers
  2. Learning basic Power Pivot
  3. Using Power Pivot with your own data set

Typically after the third step, you have experienced the power and are motivated to pursue this path! But there are many who never make it to that step. My mission is to change that for as many people and organizations that I can.

Join me for our upcoming webinar tomorrow, where I lead you to the promised land 🙂

Webinar
Mar 17

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Avi Singh

Avi Singh has personally experienced the transformation and empowerment that Power BI can bring - going from an Excel user to building large scale Power BI solutions. His mission now is to share the knowledge about Power Pivot and Power BI.

This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Avi, this is so true! I can’t tell you the number of conversations I have where inevitably, regardless of the title someone holds, they use Excel… a LOT. And of course, they’ve never heard of Power BI. They sometimes use Access because of Excel’s row and “relational” limitations. I find myself smiling as well, thinking “Your life is about to change!” I am so appreciative of you and Rob and the many others that are out there sharing this with the community of Excel users. Keep up the good work!

    Also Avi, I look forward to meeting you in Santa Clara next month. It is shaping up to be a great conference.

  2. Good presentation (despite the beeps). I want to make a similar presentation to my own colleagues as this tool has a real chance to vastly increase the productivity of our analysts and business users. Do you mind if I borrow some of your slogans (e.g. PowerPivot Data)?

    Also, do you have any other presentation on YouTube that are similar?

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