Today I’d like to take a break from Power Pivot magic tricks and share some thoughts about “the state of data.”
The particular observation I’d like to share is far from complex, but I think it’s being “missed” by many of the “players” of our game, so even though it’s simple, it’s worth talking about.
Let’s start with an old prediction about Tablets. I think Tablets quite literally provide a window into the heart of the matter.
The Rumors of the Tablet’s Death Were Greatly Exaggerated
A couple years ago, a colleague of mine assured me that the world’s fascination with tablets (iPad, Surface, etc.) would be over shortly. We’d all be back to using laptops in a few years and the whole tablet form factor would be a memory. I didn’t give it much thought at the time one way or another – it struck me as bold, but there were other things to discuss so I moved on.
At this point I think we can say the Market has spoken, the verdict is in, and his prediction proven profoundly wrong.
With the recent announcement of Office for iPad, in fact, we’re seeing the world turned SO upside down that MS actually invested tremendous effort in re-tooling their flagship desktop suite to run on their arch-enemy’s tablet. Again, I’d like to stress, it was Microsoft – of Redmond, Washington – who did this.
Oh, what’s that? Power Pivot doesn’t run on Office for iPad? Should we be bothered by that? Heck no. Let me explain why not…