Tuesday Grab Bag of Biz and Fun

September 16, 2014

Post by Rob Collie
 
mullet with labels

Today’s Post is Like a Mullet Haircut:  Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Let’s Go!

Series of quick updates today, mixture of pure fun and serious biz, sometimes simultaneously.  In this post:

  1. Download the Draft Index for the Online University – whether you are currently enrolled or not, this may be relevant.  Grab it here.
  2. Live Class in Philly – seats still open for Oct 21-22, more details here.
  3. “Secret Summit” Between Microsoft and Power Pivot early adopters last week.
  4. DAX:  The Power of Paper
  5. Yours Truly taken into police custody for Possession of Industrial-Grade Data Tools

 

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The Benevolent Virus Spreads to Australia :)

September 3, 2014

Post by Rob Collie

PowerPivot Pro Training Australia

“Scaling Out”

Despite me being arguably the loudest advocate of our favorite technology, it remains true that this Power Pivot thing is much bigger than any one person, and everyone needs help.

I’ve already reached the limits of my own personal travel calendar.  As much as I would LOVE to jetset around the world and teach classes everywhere, well, my family would never see me except for occasional burned-out stopovers at home.

The fortunate position I find myself in is that I’ve met AMAZING people over the years.  When I need help, I have the luxury of consulting the Rolodex of Awesome.

So when the time comes to help spread our most benevolent of viruses to the other side of the world, I’m ridiculously happy to be able to call up people like Matt Allington.

(If you haven’t heard Matt’s story, you should quickly click on his name above, right now, because it will blow your mind – I am still putting mine back together actually.)

 

 

Certified in My Methods

PowerPivot Pro Training Australia

As of Today, Matt Allington is the ONLY Person
I’ve EVER Certified in My Teaching Methods

In July, Matt made the voyage from Down Under to the shores of Lake Erie for an intensive week at PowerPivotPro HQ.  I deprived him of sleep.  I fed him nothing but Ohio food, like 3-pound grilled cheese sandwiches.  I subjected him to relentless DAX torture.  He bent spoons with his mind.

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In-Person Class in Philly, Oct 21-22!

September 2, 2014

Post by Rob Collie

How recent students have described the class

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Our July Class in Cleveland – 90% of these Fine Folks Came from Out of State!
(And One From Australia!)

Taking it to the East Coast – and Beyond

After running three consecutive classes in Cleveland (April, July, and August), and seeing a packed classroom for the last two, we’ve decided that I should start occasionally venturing out of the Heartland and teaching the class elsewhere too.

This time we’re going to be partnering with Microsoft itself, and teaching in their MTC (Microsoft Technology Center) just outside of Philadelphia.  An exciting step for sure, uniting me (former ‘Softie and Power Pivot’s most passionate advocate), with, you know, the company that makes the product.  Probably should have figured out some way to cooperate sooner, but such is the independent nature of current and former ‘Softies.

Click Here to View Class Details & Registration

Optional Gathering/Dinner on “Middle” Night

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Some Folks from the August Class Throws the “Excel Gang Sign” at Dinner
(Can You Spot MrExcel Himself, Bill Jelen?)

On the night of the first classroom day, we’ve been running an informal gathering at a local restaurant, and many people reported that it was one of their favorite social outings ever.  Just being surrounded by people with similar backgrounds, mindsets, and problems is a unique experience, especially for the Excel crowd.

So of course we will organize such an outing in Philly as well.  Venue TBD (if you have suggestions, send them our way).

Included:  Thumb Drive and 50% Off Online University

All Students Receive a PowerPivotPro thumbdrive containing the materials from the course:

thumbdrive

And also a 50% off discount code to the online video course.  Past students have found it to be a helpful “reinforcement” to the live class (as well as covering topics that we don’t have time for in two days), so we have decided to offer it as a bundle.

More Info and Registration…

Click Here to View Class Details & Registration


Next Week’s Sold Out Class: One Spot Re-Opens

July 25, 2014

 
Hi folks.  Next week’s 2-day class (Wed-Thu, 7/30-7/31) taught by me (Rob) has been sold out for awhile now, but we had a last minute cancelation.

So if you live in the Cleveland area, or feel like some last-minute travel, drop us a note at empower@powerpivotpro.com

If you ARE considering the trip, you won’t be the only one traveling in, btw.  Of next week’s class, 16 of 17 students are coming from out of town.  Maybe you want to be lucky number 17 of 18.

We’re also doing a social outing/dinner for the class on Wednesday night.  The famous Matt Allington will be joining us from Down Under.

Note that we’re doing another class in August as well, so if you’re not inclined to join us on short notice, there’s another option as well.


Updates from July 4th / World Cup Week

July 2, 2014

A Summer State of Mind

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Let’s Call This “Recharge Mode.”

After an INSANE couple of months, we’ve been taking it this week at PowerPivotPro HQ.  July Fourth holiday week, World Cup games on TV, a relatively quiet email inbox, lots of physical therapy for the still-ailing knee…  all adds up to “no new posts this week.”

But I do have a few quick updates:

August Power Pivot Class, Book Bundle, Spanish Book

Power Pivot Training Course   Power Pivot Training Course

 

Our July class here in Cleveland completely sold out – demand exceeded our supply of seats.  That’s a good sign for Power Pivot awareness and adoption, for sure, and

So we’re going to do another class in August.  Details here.

Power Pivot Book Bundle

Reader Jim Fleming wrote me and pointed out this bundle.  Get all three for $27 (eBook versions – web delivery) or $54.95 (print AND eBook versions combined – US shipments only)

Power Pivot Book en Espanol!

Last, but NOT Least – Miguel Escobar’s Translation of “DFPP,” Right Here in My Hand.
Ultimately, No Country or Language Should be “Safe” from the Benevolent Virus Called Power Pivot.


July 30-31 Cleveland Class: Now With Special Guest!

June 3, 2014

 
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Yeah, the Crazy Aussie Himself Will Be Attending:
Former Coca-Cola BI Director, Matt Allington!

July 30-31 – Cleveland, Ohio. 

Conquer Data AND Meet Living Proof of Legitimacy.

Last time I taught one of these, I was flattered that half the class came in from out of state – Indiana and Pennsylvania, I believe.

Well, the famous Matt Allington, who left his BI Director Job at Coca-Cola to join the Power Pivot Revolution, is taking that to the next level, and flying in from Australia.

Class Info

Two full days, $1249 per student. 

  1. Download the PDF agenda HERE.
  2. Reserve your spot HERE.

Convince Your Boss?

We hear this a lot:  “I’d love to attend, just not sure how to sell it to the boss man/lady.”

You could always say, “well, a BI Director at Coke has bet his career on it, for $1249 we can have that power too.”

Failing that, drop us a note and we’ll help you with a tailored value proposition: 

empower@powerpivotpro.com


Mini-Post: 2-Day Class in Cleveland, July 30-31

May 1, 2014

 
teacher power pivot

Yes, I Look Precisely Like This in Person Smile with tongue out
(But No, I Don’t Have One of Those Little Teacher Batons)

The last time we did this was a blast.  So we thought we’d do it again, this time with more advanced notice.  I met some truly amazing people – even the lunch breaks were just a lot of fun.  And, as amazing people are inclined to do, they are now off doing amazing things with their data.

Half the class actually traveled in from out of town last time, which is an inversion of my normal dynamic of flying out to a client’s headquarters.  It’s a very cool feeling to wake up at my house, get in the car, and go teach Power Pivot all day.

It makes it all feel very mainstream, which is of course becoming more true every day.  The first time I taught Power Pivot professionally was 3.5 years ago out in California, and for what felt like a long time after that, ALL of my clients seemed to be “out West.”

That I can now teach classes without leaving town is, in itself, a sign of the times.  Just fantastic.  And I hope to see a few of you there.

This time I think we will also schedule a “social event” of sorts at the end of the first day.  Even if it’s just grabbing a beer or something similarly simple, it’s something I wish we’d done the first time, especially for the out of towners.  Purely optional and informal.  But fun.

Syllabus, pricing, and registration information here


Occupy BACON: Let’s Do This. (Sessions & Discount)

March 18, 2014

 
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It’s Possible that Maybe I Added Something to Their Banner Image :)
(Click Image to Visit Site)

Year One Was Great, So I’m Speaking Again – San Jose CA, May 7-9

I really enjoyed the inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference, aka PASS BACON, last year.  Before that, I’d never been to a conference that was even remotely aimed at “my kind of people.”  That all changed for me last year.  I think we have found our home.

THIS is the kind of conference we need – one that’s accessible without heavy technology expertise.  One where Business Impact take center stage, and the only pre-requisite is that you enjoy working with data.  (And it helps if you don’t flinch at the word “Microsoft.”)

Which suits us Excel folks to a tee, doesn’t it?  They might as well put us on the front page.  But an explicit mention of Excel would scare off those other people – the non-Excel people (that we outnumber 100 to 1).  Honestly I think we should just take this thing over.  You know, like…  Occupy BACON.  (Brief pause while I replace the previously-bland title of this post with precisely that).

Putting my time where my mouth is, this year I am “doubling down” and presenting two sessions – a full-day “pre-con” and a “regular” session – see below for details.  AND I’m in discussions about presenting a third session as well, stay tuned on that.

We like dominating the "BACON Challenge"Last Year’s Referral Champion Wants to Repeat!

A little bird told us that last year, more people signed up for PASS BACON using the PowerPivotPro discount code than any other discount code.

Pretty cool, eh?  Anyway, there’s a discount code again this year, but I’ve been slow to share it.  Let’s pretend we did that to give all those “non-Excel” websites a head start, given that whole “100 to 1 outnumber” thing (in reality I have just been swamped).

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2-Day Public Class in Cleveland April 9-10

March 6, 2014

 
If you’re in the Ohio/Midwest area, I would love to meet you in person and help you on your Journey Through the Land of Data.

Only 18 seats in the class, so it will be “intimate.”  Lots of interaction, fun, and obviously…  mind-blowingly powerful techniques.  You know the drill – act fast and reserve your seat today, etc etc. Smile

Syllabus, pricing, and registration information here

(Apologies, no “real” post today – but only because I am so “slammed” with real work.  There are guest posts in the pipeline where if I just could have gotten free for a few minutes…)


Closing Midnight Tonight (US Pacific Time): PowerPivotPro University / Chandoo Bundles

February 21, 2014

Final Reminder!

PowerPivotPro University, aka Advanced Power Pivot on Chandoo's site.

Click Image to Register

And again, here’s the Q&A posted last week.  Happy learning!


“Level Up” Your Data Powers with PowerPivotPro University and Chandoo Course Bundles :)

February 17, 2014

 
Power Pivot Pokemon Last Week, Power Pivot Mario This Week

An Enthusiastic PowerPivotPro University Student Sent Me These Over the Weekend Smile

Signup Closes Friday:  Bundle PowerPivotPro Univ. w/ Chandoo Courses

Just a reminder that the joint discount/bundle offering with Chandoo closes this Friday:

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PowerPivotPro University Open on Chandoo.org

February 10, 2014

Open for Signups, Start Immediately.

PowerPivotPro University, aka Advanced Power Pivot on Chandoo's site.
Click to Enroll!

Questions & Answers

Q:  You Call it PowerPivotPro University, but Chandoo only offers “Power Pivot” and “Advanced Power Pivot.”  What’s going on?

A:  PowerPivotPro University is the same thing as Chandoo’s Advanced Power Pivot. It’s the exact same content, produced and taught by me, under two different names.  It’s just that Chandoo has his own Power Pivot course, and we needed to differentiate his from mine when offered on the same site.

PowerPivotPro University, aka Advanced Power Pivot on Chandoo's site.

When You Go to Chandoo’s Page, Scroll to the Bottom

Q:  So is your course really that advanced?  Should I be scared if I am new to Power Pivot?

A:  No.  I built my course to truly take you from “zero to sixty.”  It turns Beginners into Magicians.  So it’s basically Beginner AND Advanced combined – I may even split it into smaller courses in the future to reflect that.

Q:  What have the first few waves of students thought of PowerPivotPro University?

A:  Click here for some testimonials.

Q:  In the future, are you going to be offering PowerPivotPro University independently via this site, separate from Chandoo?

A:  Yes.  Even though there are many people already taking it through us directly, we are downplaying our independent delivery for now, and delivering it one more time through Chandoo in order to honor past commitments.  Then we’re “going solo” – but then may cooperate with Chandoo in other ways going forward.

Q:  Ah, that explains the confusing naming etc.  Seems like a tangled web.

A:  Bingo.  It’s just two entities doing right by each other.  Chandoo is awesome and a little confusion is nothing in the grand scheme.  It all clarifies in the near future.  Bear with us.

Q:  Are there any advantages to signing up now via Chandoo versus your solo offering in the near future?

A:  Yes, there are two benefits.  One is that you can start immediately, rather than waiting.  The second is that if you are interested in also taking some of Chandoo’s other courses, you can bundle them for a discount.