First paragraph of Chapter 1 of the book.
But my regular airline experience took a new turn yesterday.
Tables Turned: Someone “PowerPivot Ambushes” ME!
(I’m traveling this week so today’s post will be short, but covers two very cool stories from the past two days.)
I’ve long had a habit of ambushing people in coffee shops and on airplanes (particularly on airplanes) when I see them using Excel, or when they say they use Excel a lot. They’re just minding their own business and… WHAM! PowerPivot demo! After they finish recoiling in terror from the freak show sitting next to them breaking out the laptop, they start seeing what it can do, and they start getting very, very excited.
In January of last year, for the first time, I ambushed an Excel person and they already knew about PowerPivot. That was a big inflection point in my experience.
But yesterday, on a plane, something very different happened.
My seatmate was a physician’s assistant. Does that career mean there’s no Excel in her life? Heck no! She’s up to her eyeballs in spreadsheets. She even has many of them at her fingertips on her iPhone. And she was not just a user, but an enthusiast – someone who just likes working with them. While she wasn’t a PivotTable user (yet), that enthusiasm was enough for me to subject her to a description of what pivots do, and what PowerPivot does. No demo, just a discussion.
When we landed, the guy in the row in front of us stands up, turns around, and says:
“Hey sorry for eavesdropping but I heard you talking about PowerPivot and PowerPivot is amazing. Just flat out amazing. We’re pushing it a lot with our clients. A LOT.”
Huge smile on his face. He has The Disease.
But I don’t think he expected MY reaction. I mean, to him, it’s just natural that he digs PowerPivot. My over the top enthusiastic response kinda shocked him I think – how was he supposed to know that I’m the guy who’s been traveling the country for 3+ years opening people’s eyes to this tool? That there’s someone out there like me who’s kinda… dedicated to it?
Unreal – to be overheard talking about PowerPivot and then get “jumped” by someone else? Do you feel those floodwaters tricking between your toes folks? It’s happening.
NBC News Catches a “Sniff” of PowerPivot!
NBC News Picks up the Sniff Communication Story – Click for Article
The news story from Friday – about my neighbor’s research that we analyzed with PowerPivot – is going even more mainstream. No, the article does not mention PowerPivot, but in many ways that is how it should be. PowerPivot produces insight, and for every author/producer there are 15 or more consumers of insight.
NBC News is not the place to talk about the implementation. We know how the numbers were crunched don’t we?