Excel Solution: Who Should Sit Where?

Excel Solution: Who Should Sit Where?

Months ago, my friend Michael asked, “is Excel for the common man?” That question has stirred my attention and imagination like I’ve just turned 21 years old again. Excel can be used for so many things and it’s been fun to come up with uses for Excel that are outside of […]

Weaponized Data & Perverse Consequences

Weaponized Data & Perverse Consequences

I found this blog a few months ago: NonProfit With Balls (NWB). The blogger is Vu Le and this guy loves data as much as I do. He says that if data were syrup, he’d put it on his soy ice cream. If you know me, I’d say that capsaicin is […]

PASSBAC, Excel Power Users, & Post-Apocalypse

PASSBAC, Excel Power Users, & Post-Apocalypse

I had the honor of speaking at The PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015 last month. PASS is primarily a SQL community but they recently started to look at the larger business intelligence picture because of the ways that data flows all throughout an enterprise. So, the SQL conversation was expanded out to a […]

Small Data & Parvenu Analysts

Small Data & Parvenu Analysts

The most exciting Excel workshops that I’ve taught included having the attendees taking turns plugging their laptops into the projector, and asking for help on some vexing task. These “rodeo sessions” are opportunities for the students to get attention on their real work instead of prepared examples. The result is […]

Data Analysts As Unknown Heroes

Data Analysts As Unknown Heroes

Next week is the PASS Business Analytics Conference and I did a Meet the Experts interview  that really brought me back to what continues to drive me as an analyst and someone committed to Excel and data literacy: The impact on the people who have to live with the results It […]

Guests Weigh In On: What It Takes To Be A Good Analyst

Guests Weigh In On: What It Takes To Be A Good Analyst

What does it take to be a good analyst? There are lots of thoughts about that question. Also, there’s the ongoing question of “how do you interview for Excel skill?” These two inquiries should be intertwined since Excel is just the tool. Sure, we can unmask the impostor Excel Expert who […]

Stop the Madness! Google Wants 80% of Excel Users?

Stop the Madness! Google Wants 80% of Excel Users?

On ExcelTV episode 24 someone mentioned a Business Insiders article where Google plans to nab 80% of Microsoft’s Office business. This sounded ludicrous because every time I’ve tried to use Google Sheets for anything serious here’s how it tends to go: Within 1 hour there’s something fundamental that I need to […]

Going Back To My Roots: PASS Business Analytics Conference

Going Back To My Roots: PASS Business Analytics Conference

PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015 On April 20th through 22nd, I and many other speakers will be presenting at the PASS Business Analytics Conference in Santa Clara, CA. This conference is an opportunity for attendees to learn about the intersection of business, technology and analytics. This is exciting because there’s […]

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