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PowerPivot Alchemy: Patterns and Techniques for Excelby Bill Jelen
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Rob Collie (PowerPivotPro) and Bill Jelen (MrExcel) join forces in this combined sequel to their best-selling Power Pivot books. Alchemy sets aside the fundamentals of past books and provides a series of practical, easy-to-follow “patterns” for dozens of common analysis, reporting, and dashboarding needs. Three “bonus” chapters introduce you to the newer members of the “Power BI” family – Power Query, Power View, and Power Map. Whether you are starting your transformation from “old school” Excel User to Modern Data Professional or a veteran of the Power BI arts, this book will dramatically expand your data superpowers.
PowerPivot is an amazing new add-in for Excel 2013 that allows business intelligence pros to process large amounts data. Although it is simple to use in a demo environment, analysts are likely to run into real-life scenarios that are difficult to solve. This guide, dedicated solely to the PowerPivot tool, provides techniques and solutions to real-world problems, including showing the Top N customers by using slicer filters, comparing budget to actuals, drilling across data instead of through data, and joining data from two different sources in a single analysis.
About the Author
Bill Jelen is the host of MrExcel.com and the author of 40 previous books about Microsoft Excel. He has been named a Microsoft MVP for 7 years and is a contributor to CFO Magazine and Strategic Finance Magazine. He lives in Akron, Ohio. Rob Collie is chief technology officer at Pivotstream LLC, where he and other Excel pros utilize PowerPivot to provide actionable business information to dozens of Fortune 500 corporations. He spent 13 years at Microsoft where he led teams of software engineers on projects including PowerPivot v1, multiple versions of Excel, Windows Installer (MSI) v1, the Bing search engine, and MSN Fantasy Sports. He is also the worlds most prolific PowerPivot blogger, running the PowerPivotPro.com and PowerPivotFAQ.com websites since late 2009. He is the author of DAX Formulas for PowerPivot and PowerPivot for Excel. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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