By Matt Allington One of the many things I love about Power Pivot and Power Query is that these tools have put BI into the hands of users and there is no longer a reliance on highly technical IT skills such…
This Man Just Walked Away from His 25-Year Career at Coca-Cola
to Become a Power Pivot Professional.
(And the Short List of Rob’s Favorite People Grows by One)
I Am Not Making This Up
Seriously, this is the Truth. Matt Allington, pictured above, was until recently the BI Director for the entire Asia-Pacific region at Coca-Cola.
And he recently turned in his resignation – to join OUR ranks. He sees the same sort of promise here that I first glimpsed in early 2010 – that “New and Better Way” thing.
This isn’t just an “Excel Pro.” No, this is someone who has “been around the block” with data tools of all shapes and sizes. A savvy and respected leader from the BI profession – and not from a small company.
I’m torn on how to describe my reaction. On one hand, of course, I am not surprised. When you truly believe in something (as I DO with this Power Pivot stuff), you’re never really shocked when someone else agrees with you. If you are, you didn’t really believe all that deeply or honestly right?
But at the same time? HOLY SHIT EVERYONE, the BI Director for Coca-Cola Asia Pacific just jumped ship for the Power Pivot revolution!!!! Anyone know how many synonyms there are for “awesome?” Cuz I think I’m going to use every one of them.
An Unexpected Client Development
Back in September, I got an email from a guy named Matt who wanted some quick help with Power Pivot. Then I noticed Coca-Cola.com as his email address, and THEN I noticed his title. Hey, I was flattered to help.