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user group location rollup

User Group Interest as of August 20 (Mapped via Excel 2013, Power Pivot, and Power View!)
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Status Update August 20, 2013

Cleveland’s user group kicks off the show on September 23rd, at the Microsoft offices in Independence Ohio!  I think I may have an idea who the first speaker will be…

Atlanta will be close behind (at the MS Alpharetta offices), and we are pursuing Chicago next.  Once we have these first few under our belts, we will begin moving much more quickly.  We have already started reaching out to Microsoft regional offices internationally as well.

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YES!  I am interested in attending or organizing a group in my city!

And please, consider being a volunteer organizer for your city!  You will get lots of support from us here at PowerPivotPro HQ – admin permissions on the XLUserGroup.org website, introductions to Microsoft reps in your area, agenda/content/speaker support, etc.

But we will always need someone there “on the ground” locally.

Keep in mind there are perks to being the organizer – for one thing, it is a networking opportunity without equal.

Background and Mission

I have a bit of a personal crusade:  I want to help the world’s Excel Pros realize their full potential in the Age of Data.  To help them develop more meaningful and rewarding careers.  And to help the world’s organizations value us appropriately.

Virtually every single technical skill today has “user groups.”  Database pros have SSUG, PASS, and SQL Saturday.  SharePoint folks have SPSUG and SharePoint Saturday.  .NET programmers have similar groups.

As technical professionals, Excel pros outnumber all of them COMBINED, but we have no such places to gather, share stories/techniques, and just kinda “feel at home.”  More importantly though, we don’t have support frameworks in which to develop our careers as data professionals.

After complaining about the lack of such groups basically forever, we recently decided to just go and start them ourselves.

The meetings will be once a month, well-organized, and FREE OF CHARGE.  In many cases we will get regional Microsoft offices to host them – Microsoft does the same thing for SharePoint and SQL groups already.  They will do the same for us.

You do NOT have to know anything about Power Pivot in order to attend!.  Fundamentally it’s just new functionality in Excel.  Tremendous gamechanging capabilities – yes – but they can be learned slowly and incrementally just like pivots and formulas themselves.