“Help ME (Power BI)… Help YOU (Office).”
Reviving the “Open Letter to MS” Tradition
In the past, I’ve written some things aimed at my former Microsoft colleagues. Places where I think their strategy could benefit from adjustment. Generally speaking, those posts have been about how the “BI teams” at MS should better leverage their Excel advantage. Given recent developments, I think those messages are more important than ever.
But today, I am reversing that lens, and talking instead about how the Power BI suite of tools is a tremendous gift to the Office team. Aha! Bet you didn’t expect THIS dramatic turning of the tables from Rob “Excel is Everything” Collie, DID YOU?? Gotta stay on your toes around here.
You Don’t Have “Users.” You Have “Producers” and “Consumers!”
I think the word “user” is responsible for a lot of strategic damage. It lumps everyone into one big, convenient bucket – hiding some crucial, underlying dynamics.