Guest Post by Scott Senkeresty
Intro from Rob
Hey, it starts out simple and powerful: CALCULATE is the SUMIF you always wished you’d had. It works in pivots. It’s the “anything IF.” It’s amazing, really, how many doors it opens.
Of course, CALCULATE is designed to be powerful in ways we can’t even IMAGINE in our first day/week/month of using it. You can spend years discovering all the things it can do – and that’s a good thing! But sooner or later you’re going to hit something with CALCULATE that makes you scratch your head – why is it returning THOSE results?
I myself entered this twilight zone with the Precedence Project – a series of posts that I quickly abandoned. It turns out that, practically speaking, you don’t need to achieve deep theoretical understanding of this stuff in order to achieve great results.
Below, however, Scott does a great job of resolving those mysteries. And he does so by “channeling” two old friends who live at the base of the Alps. Take it away, Scott…
Going to “Graduate School”
All right, so I’ve read Rob’s book a few times. (Heck, I am credited as tech editor on it.) I’ve devoured PowerPivotPro University. So now what, I ask Rob?
“Go forth and conquer – data is your ocean,” is his answer. He’s a practical sort of guy. Me, though? I’m never satisfied until I’ve completely torn the machine apart.
So, as I hinted in my last post, I went to graduate school and spent a few intense days engrossed in Marco and Alberto’s book.