The Server I Always Wanted

 This weekend, Chris (of ShakerGeek fame) completed the transfer of over to a new hosting provider. Please be on the lookout for any glitches related to the transfer.  I don’t see anything out of place, but it’s a big site and we may have missed something. This will be the fourth “home” in the site’s history (, Dreamhost, Bluehost, and now WiredTree, for those who are interested). It provides us with several benefits that are exciting for a nerd like…

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Thank You Rebecca Hellyer!

Headshot Ninja Apologies for the brief off-topic post, but when someone does something excellent, I like to recognize it: Headshots of the PowerPivotPro Team (Cleveland Branch) Changes Afoot! We’re in the midst of making a lot of changes behind the scenes here at PowerPivotPro.  We’re changing website hosts again to avoid future outages, stepping up to a much faster server, redesigning the website…  and oh yeah, we’re making plans to expand the team (slowly – but surely). Along those lines…

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A Few Updates

 Rob here, checking in quickly… 1) Check out today’s guest post below.  I needed to add these updates but I don’t want to push Seth off of the page and have you miss his perspective.  Click here to view his brief thoughts. 2) Yeah, the site was down for 13 hours yesterday.  Bluehost had a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers.  We hired a local consultant yesterday and are moving everything “in house.”  Buh bye, Bluehost. 3) I’ve added another…

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Three posts last night!

 For those of you who don’t like to scroll vertically, here’s a Table of Contents of everything posted in the last 24 hours.  Click each handy hyperlink for auto-navigation purposes: I’m Speaking Next Week in the Twin Cities – the MSBI User Group.  Topic “Fact or Fiction:  The ‘Free Lunch’ Promise of Power Pivot.” Bundled Offering of PowerPivotPro University and Chandoo courses closes this Friday – and make sure you check out the cool “Super Mario Power Pivot” images sent…

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Announcing Pivotstream Ltd: Expanding to Europe, Led by David Churchward!


Pivotstream Jumps Over the Pond, Opening Office and Data Center in Europe

Happy to Finally Share the Secret!

Boy, I have been dying to share this, but had to wait until it was official:  David Churchward has joined Pivotstream and will be running our operations in Europe.

At a high level, this means a few things:

  1. We will be opening a data center in Europe – European customers who have desired a Cloud PowerPivot site (or one of our Insight as a Service solutions) have often needed the data to physically remain in the European Union (for legal and privacy reasons).  This will no longer be an obstacle.
  2. We will be doing more work in the finance, accounting, and CRM spaces.  David is a MACHINE when it comes to this stuff, as evidenced by his posts on this blog.  This expands our Insight as a Service capabilities in this space, but also gives us the ability to “seed” the broader PowerPivot world with templates – more on this later.
  3. I’ll be able to bug David a lot more often and not feel guilty about distracting him from his “real” job – part of his job now is to be pestered by me!  (Hmm, I DO suppose that works both ways…)


Pivotstream Ltd. – Tentative Logo is Nothing Fancy, All Business

Reinforcement of the Excel Revolution

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with me getting on a soapbox and proclaiming that the future of Excel, and Excel Pros, is exceedingly bright.  PowerPivot changes everything, including our careers.

The fact that I’ve spent the past three years making my living completely off of PowerPivot is testament to that.  It helps the credibility of my message, a lot, that I can say this:  I don’t just talk the story of this revolution, I live it.  I work it.  And it pays the bills.

But now, here’s another public confirmation of it:  It’s a major investment, opening a data center and offices in Europe.  It’s not a step we would take lightly.  You should take this as further confirmation that the world is changing in your favor.  And similarly, David would not have left his Director job at Azzurri to do this otherwise.

Speaking of which…

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Mini-Post #2: Follow Pivotstream on LinkedIn/Facebook, win a $100 Gift Certificate

   The Pivotstream marketing folks have asked me to post this here – we’re trying to gain brand recognition in the Excel Pro community and they figure the blog is a good place to start.  I’m flattered. Winner Gets a $100 Gift Cert from Two (or Three) Simple Steps Before 5 PM US Eastern Time, Wed Oct 17th Visit Pivotstream on Facebook and click Like Visit Pivotstream on LinkedIn and click Follow Company If your name is the same…

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Mini Post: Speaking in NYC on Monday

  I’m really excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Microsoft offices in Manhattan Monday evening next week!  Talk starts at 6 PM and we have the room until 8:30 PM, so there will be plenty of time for questions and informal discussion after I’m done. What’s even cooler for me is that this group, MSBIgDataNYC, is run by Andrew Brust, CEO of Blue Badge Insights and the author of the Big Data Blog on ZDNet.  I’ve…

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