The High Cost Of Poor Equipment

The High Cost of Poor Equipment

by Matt Allington Over the last 12 months I have engaged with may people from lots of different companies on the topic of Power Pivot.  And I have been quite surprised at the low quality of some of the PC equipment people are given to do their job.  I am not talking about people that need to do their emails and the odd Power Point presentation here – I am taking about people that are power users and data analysts…

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Grab Bag: Job Opps, Sold Out in Indy, and a Vibrant Power BI Discussion

Post by Rob Collie

Power BI Job Opps, Power Pivot Class Sold Out, Power BI Discussion

Four quick topics today:

  1. Mini-application for for PowerPivotPro jobs
  2. Specific job opp in Seattle area
  3. Indy class sold out
  4. Last week’s Power BI post and the (even more interesting) followup discussion

1) “Mini-Application” Form for PowerPivotPro Jobs

Back in January I mentioned that we’d be expanding the PowerPivotPro team this year.  The calendar tends to zip by under our feet rather quickly, and here we are in August, but we’ve quietly been growing the team, slowly, in the intervening months.

Now however it’s time to lay the groundwork for the next growth phase.  Microsoft is getting serious about Power BI, which is right in our wheelhouse (since it’s built on the Power Pivot and Power Query engines, and philosophically is very much “of our religion.”)  So we’ve got to be ready for the next surge in client demand.

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2-Day Class in Indianapolis, Aug 25-26

Post by Rob Collie Two Days in Indy to Make You a (Happy) Data Rockstar Hey folks, I will be teaching our first-ever Indianapolis class in August.  (Yes, we are relocating our secret rebel base, aka PowerPivotPro HQ, from Cleveland to Indy in July). I LOVE teaching these classes.  There’s a certain vibe to them – of optimism, improvement, and friendly unity.  It’s FUN to meet other people similar to yourself, and to see that you are FAR from alone…

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Our Road Ahead

Post by Rob Collie


If you believe in redemption
I’m calling to you from another dimension

-The Flobots

Turn the Corner, Press the Accelerator

This post will have a definite “personal” flavor to it, but also a strong professional flavor – of what you should expect from us over the coming year.  Personal and Professional are ALWAYS closely intertwined, and I’m less squeamish about blurring that line in 2015 than in 2009, when we started this journey.  Running my own business has taught me this, but really, it was always true.  I was just less aware of it when I worked at Microsoft.  Now matter how you slice it, it’s our lives.

A few days ago, I resolved a long-running personal matter.  It’s… done.  Just looking at those two words – “it’s done’’ – wow, I’m still letting the new reality settle in.  It’s going to take awhile perhaps.  But we’re going to move forward aggressively now.  A new lease on everything.  And we’re not going to waste it.

Lemony Snicket’s Series of UnFortunate Events

steering wheel

And I can’t help but ask myself
How much I let the fear
Take the wheel and steer



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Power Pivot Job Opp in Washington DC Area

Post by Rob Collie Is This You? Join one of Microsoft’s Most Progressive-Thinking Customers My friends in Microsoft’s Mid-Atlantic region have asked us to help connect one of their customers with Power Pivot talent. And, you know us.  We like this sort of thing High-level details: Washington DC Area. Little or no travel required. Power Pivot skills a must.  Broader knowledge of the Power BI stack a plus (but not a must – the rest of the stack is quick…

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Reinventing an Industry: Welcome Avi Singh!

Post by Rob Collie

Our Merry Band Has Found Its Luke Skywalker

GENERAL MADINE:  “General Solo, is your Strike Team Ready?”
SOLO:  “We’re making huge strides.  The Death Star is Toast.”

Avi Singh Joins PowerPivotPro Full-Time!

Avi SinghFile under “Coup, Major.”  Folks, this is a CRAZY cool moment for us at PowerPivotPro.  We like to think of ourselves as the Rebel Alliance of Data, and seriously, we feel like we’ve found our Luke Skywalker.

That’s Right:  Avichal (“Avi”) Singh has left Microsoft to become a full-time member of the team here at PowerPivotPro.  Microsoft’s loss is our gain, which is…  ALSO Microsoft’s gain, ultimately.  Because in this role, Avi is going to “light up” people and organizations all over the world.  As opposed to performing data miracles strictly within the internal Microsoft org, he’s going to be helping MANY OTHERS perform their OWN miracles.  With MS’s platform, of course, which is great for them.

So hey Microsoft, please don’t be TOO upset with us for poaching him.  But really, we did nothing of the sort.  He um, kinda stalked US.  Let me explain.

To Build A Different Kind of Firm, You Need a Different Kind of Person

Avi Singh With Hand on Heart

I had just finished a presentation at BA CON ‘14 in San Jose, California – a presentation I had opened with the theme of “I have the best job in the world – I work in data, and I get to spread HAPPY wherever I go.”  (Which is the truth, btw).

Out in the hallway after the talk, I met Avi in person for the first time.  Like me at the time, you probably know Avi primarily through the excellent guest posts that he has penned from time to time. 

The written word does not do justice to the “in person” version of this human.  He is one of the absolutely most sincere, genuine, and positive people I have ever met, and that was clear in the first two minutes.  (If I say he’s in the Donald Farmer Zone, I mean it as a compliment to both gentlemen).

What followed was LITERALLY a “hand on heart” moment.  The very first thing Avi said to me, in reaction to the talk I’d just given, was to zero in on that “spreading HAPPY” theme.  He said something like “That’s so true, I’ve seen it!  And I feel it…  in my heart.”  And to emphasize that last part, he lightly bumped his fist to his heart.  That moment was so incredibly genuine, and conveyed several years’ worth of information in an instant:  this guy was special.

You kinda had to be there to see why that was so impactful, so convincing to me, but if you get to meet Avi in person, you will see what I mean.  And I think you will ALSO see what I mean in the coming months, as you hear from him more often on this site and in other media.

“Different” Kind of Firm?  “Reinventing” an Industry?

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Winston Wolf Has a Power Pivot Job Opp For You

Post by Rob Collie


That’s a Pretty Badass Quote, Prominently Displayed When You Walk Into KAMAN HQ

Wanna Work for One of Our Coolest Clients?

imageMike Miskell is Winston Wolf.  That’s basically his job description.  When the executives at KAMAN identify a problem, they send The Wolf to fix it.  And The Wolf, is Mike Miskell.

Last year, The Wolf found Power Pivot.  Nine minutes and thirty-seven seconds later, KAMAN had revolutionized their entire culture around profitability.  (You get the 9:37 reference, Pulp Fiction fans?)

(For the record, I don’t think Mike has even SEEN Pulp Fiction.  He’s just The Wolf naturally.  And he promised me he’d watch the movie if I posted this.)

We even got on stage together, The Wolf and I, at PASS BA 2014 in San Jose to talk about the success of this project.

We then co-presented on a VERY different stage, last month, at the Secret Microsoft/PowerPivotPro Summit.


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