Is Your Brain More Valuable Than You Know?
***Update: May 2015
This article is now three years old. I’ve been gone from my last company now for more than two years, and the world has changed a LOT since then. We now have MANY options for publishing Power Pivot insight on the web, and I no longer endorse my former company as a hosting choice – we had, shall we say, religious difference over how to treat customers. That said, the idea of IaaS is more alive and viable than ever. More tech options for publishing = easier to get into the game.
A Hot New Industry that Could (Should!) Be Dominated By Excel Pros
I read an interesting article the other day about a new type of Cloud Business Intelligence dubbed “Insight as a Service” (IaaS).
If you’re a BI Pro I recommend you read it carefully. If you’re an Excel Pro I recommend you give it a quick skim just to get the flavor of it. It’s a good article. Well-written, thoughtful, and imbued with the author’s experience (and as a venture capitalist, his experience reflects a broad cross-section of industries and firms).
But ironically, I believe that IaaS is MUCH more relevant to the Excel Pro than the BI Pro. Most Excel pros are already in the IaaS business, but it just isn’t called that.