Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

Successfully completed “Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies” by Duke University on Coursera. First step in a five step process. The main purpose was to get an understanding of data analysis and what Data Analysts do, because I get many of them on my Advanced Excel and Excel Power Pivot courses.

I am glad I did it, learned a lot that I can use in my own business. I’d recommend it!

Why is PowerPivot not in all Versions of Excel?

Not all versions of Excel are created equal. For Excel 2013 and Excel 2016, many common versions of the the Office suite do not support PowerPivot. The linked article clearly outlines the situation for Excel 2016 (thank you to PowerPivotPro and Rob Collie).

In my view this is a pointless attempt at supporting the deluxe versions of the Office suite. It is going to cause confusion when preparing for Excel PowerPivot courses, and also for small business users who may have Office 365 Business Premium via an Office 365 subscription.

PowerPivot is not just for big corporate users. I can see small and medium businesses who want to be competitive and responsive in the current economic climate finding these tools essential. It is also going to be a key addition to the range of courses I offer!

Like me they will end up either buying a stand alone Excel licence or (in Australia) navigating the Telstra/Microsoft labyrinth to see if they can upgrade a of subscription or two to the required level. I will probably have to get standalone licences as there appears from exploring Telstra’s online interface that there is no option to upgrade further on my current Office 365 level. As a very small business I also don’t enjoy buying additional licences that duplicate something I already pay for.

A frustrating and expensive situation that will impact on the take up of a very useful tool.

Your thoughts and comments welcomed

Steven

PowerPivot Reference Card

This card is an excellent reference for PowerPivot users. Its also free and available Giving Back: “Steal” this Reference Card!

The host web site http://www.powerpivotpro.com/ is also worth bookmarking!

 

Boagworld on Intranets

Boagworld Podcast  features Gerry McGovern in this weeks podcast. While its not about SharePoint – covering Intranet effectiveness, end user adoption and getting management buy in/support are very effectively addressed. People involved in SharePoint sites and roll-outs would benefit from listening to this. You will find Podcast and transcript here.

I picked up a couple of good ideas – include starting with solving a management problem e.g. streamlining an approval process to get manager buy in.

400 YouTube subscribers!

WooHoo!!!!

Just reached 400 Subscribers on my YouTube Channel!!

Thank you all for your support.

More content coming next week.

Steven

Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

Signed up for “Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies” the first course of a 5-course series, the Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization. Enjoyed the Microsoft edX course I did recently, so I thought I’d do more.

Thought it was a fit and should help with the questions I get from Business Analysts on Excel and SharePoint Courses.

Microsoft: DAT206x Excel for Data Analysis and Visualization

Successfully completed (97%) the edX course: Microsoft: DAT206x Excel for Data Analysis and Visualization!

Learned a lot and filled in some gaps in my knowledge especially with Power Query and Power BI. I’d recommend it, keep an eye out for it! Looking forward to my certificate.

Now I am keen to learn more – looking at Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business Specialization which is a series of courses and a project. Have to get enrolled by Nov 9 for the first course.

 

Ben Wellington: How we found the worst place to park in New York City — using big data

This is an excellent Ted talk about open data, gives practical examples and raises the need for consistent standards for data provided by Government.

There is a follow on discussion needed here about government making data public and in a form where the public can explore it and draw their own conclusions and effectively debate and discuss government plans and proposals.

If you follow this talk back to Ted, you will find a whole set of Data related talks, I recommend the one by Amy Webb.

 

Add data to you Power Pivot using Power Query in 25 minutes

Lesson Two

Give me 25 minutes and I will show you how to add data to an existing Power Pivot using Power Query. Add data from Excel and CSV files.

This process is useful if you need to periodically add new data e.g. monthly.

Give me 28 minutes to introduce you to Power Pivot

Make your first step into Business Intelligence tools by using data in Excel worksheets and Power Pivot

Learn how to:
– add to data model
– create relationships
– add calculated columns
– create a pivot table
– see one approach for grouping by dates

Lesson One in a series where I aim to introduce you to the “Power Tools” for Excel 2013 and SharePoint

 

SharePoint pre course checklist

My name is Steven Knight, I train end user and site owner SharePoint courses from Bundaberg to Perth.

Ideally I’d like to have access to your SharePoint training environment before a course to do these checks, but that’s not always possible for very sound reasons like network security and available time.

I am routinely finding the SharePoint environment I am training on is not functioning properly. This is a problem because:

  • We need to Give trainees a smooth experience of SharePoint to get their experience started the right way (by We I mean Training Providers, client IT departments, and me)
  • SP in the training environment may not have the same resources and attention given to it as a production environment, this can lead to issues in courses. A Production environment can be spread over a range of servers, specialising in different functions, A Training Environment may be running on one server in a virtual machine.
  • Problems in the training environment reduces the amount of content we can actually cover and the effectiveness of the training
  • SharePoint relies on a range of Microsoft technologies, stable in normal production use, but when restarting a virtual machine with insufficient resources, some services may fail to start.

Continue reading “SharePoint pre course checklist”

My US Trip Sway

Via Sway, pictures from my trip, San Francisco, Petaluma and Chicago on my way to Microsoft Ignite!