Updates: PowerPivotPro School, User Groups, Book

Guest Instructors for PowerPivotPro School – The “Slow Reveal” Smile

Today’s Internet-powered world is a very cool place.  I’ve made some amazing friends over the past few years – people all over the country and all over the world.

And that network of friends will benefit you, too, because they are graciously volunteering to teach guest modules in PowerPivotPro School Smile I’m not going to announce them all at once, because suspense is fun and I’m still finalizing the roster, but today I’m announcing two: 

Guest Instructor Bill Jelen, aka MrExcel.Guest Instructor Zack Barresse, International Man of Versatility.

Two Revealed, More to Come.

  1. Bill Jelen (aka the MrExcel himself)
  2. Zack Barresse (Excel MVP, firefighter captain, and Renaissance Man).

I look forward to seeing their tips, techniques, and experiences shared as part of the course. Smile

User Groups Update!

No, I haven’t forgotten this.  Progress is being made behind the scenes!

For instance, XLUserGroup.org came online yesterday and is rapidly rounding into shape thanks to the team here at PowerPivotPro HQ:

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It’s Alive!  Click to Visit.

Each location/group will have its own page on this site for announcements, venue information, and just general “connection.”  Stay tuned.

Cities That are Ready (Updates in CAPS):  AMSTERDAM, MONTREAL, CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Buffalo, Nashville, Sydney, Geneva, Cape Town, Toronto, Copenhagen, New York, Dallas, Indianapolis, Southern California, Kansas City, London, Northern England, Portland, Detroit, Washington DC, Vancouver BC, Boston, Cincy/Dayton, Milwaukee/Madison, Seattle, Atlanta.

Cities That are Close (Updates in CAPS):  PHOENIX, JOHANNESBURG, SAO PAULO, CHENNAI, Houston, Miami, Porto, Wellington, Denver, Northern California, Charlotte, Birmingham (Alabama), Oslo, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Perth, Melbourne.

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If you haven’t already registered your interest in the Excel & Power Pivot User Group, do so here:

Yes I Am Interested in Attending or Organizing a Group!

Book Update:  Back in Stock, New Subtitle, Ref Card Included

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Now More Appropriately Subtitled:  “A Simple Guide to the Revolution in Excel.”

OK, yeah, we chickened out and didn’t fix the main title, which I completely agree is a terrible choice.  So dry.  But increased sales are a lower priority than making sure people don’t re-buy it thinking it’s a completely new book.

But there are some changes.  Typos fixed, a few explanations adjusted.  A warning about the Excel 2013 snafu.  A couple of missed acknowledgments added.

And the ever-popular reference card now appears on the last few pages, replacing a couple of ads that were in the first edition.

Note that the laminated, “free standing” version of the ref card is still included for free when you buy the book from MrExcel.com.

5 Responses to Updates: PowerPivotPro School, User Groups, Book

  1. Avichal says:

    Hmmm…why call it Excel User Group? Even the Poll mentioned “PowerPivot User Group”
    http://powerpivotpro.polldaddy.com/s/powerpivot-user-groups
    That’s what I signed up for :-)

    PowerPivot is revolutionary and at least the users on this site, I would think, would want to carve out our own identity. At one point I am hoping their would be job postings with title of “PowerPivot Developer”, that’s how I see myself as. I feel we are doing disservice to ourselves by not differentiating it from Excel. I for one, don’t even use Excel to build PowerPivot models (use Visual Studio and deploy to SSAS).

    • powerpivotpro says:

      Great question. Ultimately I agree. The way we market OURSELVES to others cannot be Excel-centric. But to get people to identify with a user group, we call it Excel. We need other sites to promote the groups, too, and most still haven’t awakened to Power Pivot yet.

      Rest assured the groups ae all about the transformation and not about “doing Excel like we always do.” The site will become clearer in that regard as it fleshes out.

      If you’ve already left the Excel environment behind and headed out to Visual Studio, you are way ahead of the curve :)

      • Avichal says:

        Good to hear. Leaving excel though – not gonna happen :-)
        Do use Visual Studio to edit my PowerPivot models, but the force is still strong with Excel. It never ceases to amaze me, just the other day, reading the whodunit post, I clicked through to the Excel Addict site and was soon learning about the “camera tool”. Man, I still can’t believe that’s real. Not sure where I can use it right away, but I’m sure it’ll come to me :-)

  2. Buzz Burhans says:

    I agree with Avichal. The group name should reflect PP
    Buzz

  3. With the names of the various Excel-connected BI solutions going through name changes, I think that sticking with Excel as the base name is smart. It would be a bummer to choose a name and have it become obsolete (like Data Explorer and GeoFlow) at the whim of MS. With the whole Power BI thing going on I’m wondering if PowerPivot / Power Pivot will survive as we know it. We may wind up with a dumbed down version called SnazzyPivot, or six different versions with different feature sets depending on our version of Excel.

    However, the Excel name is too entrenched for a name change. I hope.

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