A Few *IDEAL* Power Pivot Job Openings

 
Everyone run for the hills, Rob found a Fight Club font.  No image is safe from here on out.Last night I was talking to my friend Neelesh Raheja.  We were overdue for a “touch base/compare notes” session, so when the phone rang and I saw his number, I knew it was “on.”

First – Who is Neelesh? 

Neelesh works for GNet Group and is a hardcore BI pro.  I mean, he has all the pedigrees.  Name an acronym and he speaks it fluently.  SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, ETL, EDW, PPS, ECS, EWA, EPM, MDM – the list goes on.  So if Traditional BI were a martial art, Neelesh would be a black belt.

But Neelesh is Different.  Like Tyler Durden, he has the ability of letting That Which Does Not Matter, Truly Slide.  In other words, he doesn’t care where we’ve Been.  He cares about where we’re Going.  He doesn’t view Power Pivot as “just another technology.”  He understands it as a total paradigm shift, a fundamental change in the way everything can and should be done.

Tellingly, I can’t provoke Neelesh like I sometimes do with the larger BI community.  If I say something inflammatory like “Data Warehousing is widespread dysfunction,” Neelesh smiles and says “yeah Rob we know.”  At which point I sit back in my chair and say “go ON…”

So all the “revolutionary” stuff I’ve been preaching for a few years now?  GNet is already DOING that stuff at big clients.  In fact I think they are even less “apologetic” about it than I am.  He’s seen the same future I’ve seen, but he’s bringing it to Big Corporate America every day, top-down through IT, whereas my “vector” is bottom-up, through the Excel Pro.

GNet Needs a Power. Pivot. Platoon.

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Friday Bonus: Database Pros In Demand

 
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In a PowerPivot Environment, A Single DB Pro
Can Empower MANY PowerPivot Pros

Short Version:  Job Openings in the UK for SQL Pros

I’ve recently been asked to post about some opportunities for SQL pros in the UK – opportunities in which qualified candidates would be working closely with Excel Pros in a PowerPivot environment.  A situation that closely resembles what it’s like to work as a SQL pro at Pivotstream, or as a SQL pro working at virtually any of my training clients (who end up implementing similar collaborative systems).

Scroll to the end of this post for the details, but first, I want to provide some context – both for interested candidates as well as for all readers.

Better With a Database:  a Recurring Theme

For a long time now, I’ve been saying that you can get a LOT more out of PowerPivot if you pair it with a database.  For reference, see the following posts:

  1. Self Service BI Doesn’t Mean Desktop Standalone BI (one of my most popular all-time posts, at least in certain circles)
  2. Better With a Database Part One
  3. Better With a Database Part Two

The human element, and why “anthony” is becoming a noun

Stated even more clearly, an Excel Pro can achieve much better results when they collaborate with a Database Pro.  (Yes, sometimes they can be the same person, but generally speaking, the skillsets are distinct).

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Insight as a Service – Your Next Career?

McKinsey Report on How "Ripe" Various Industries are for IaaS (I disagree about some of these)

Is Your Brain More Valuable Than You Know?

***Update: May 2015

This article is now three years old.  I’ve been gone from my last company now for more than two years, and the world has changed a LOT since then.  We now have MANY options for publishing Power Pivot insight on the web, and I no longer endorse my former company as a hosting choice – we had, shall we say, religious difference over how to treat customers.  That said, the idea of IaaS is more alive and viable than ever.  More tech options for publishing = easier to get into the game.

A Hot New Industry that Could (Should!) Be Dominated By Excel Pros

I read an interesting article the other day about a new type of Cloud Business Intelligence dubbed “Insight as a Service” (IaaS).

If you’re a BI Pro I recommend you read it carefully. If you’re an Excel Pro I recommend you give it a quick skim just to get the flavor of it.  It’s a good article.  Well-written, thoughtful, and imbued with the author’s experience (and as a venture capitalist, his experience reflects a broad cross-section of industries and firms).

But ironically, I believe that IaaS is MUCH more relevant to the Excel Pro than the BI Pro.  Most Excel pros are already in the IaaS business, but it just isn’t called that.

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