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  1. Ashish Youngy
    Jul 01 - 4:26 pm

    Data is Excel 2013 behaves so much like a OLAP cube when using with PivotTables. And this is actually wow. Consider learning not just DAX but MDX too :) Happy Excel

    @Chandoo.. Have a nice and safe time in US. Best Wishes. And when they are publishing your interview in Entrepreneur :)

  2. Buzz
    Jul 01 - 4:52 pm

    I have been using PowerPivot in Excel 2010. My understanding was (via PowerPivot Pro blog) that Power Pivot would NOT be available in Excel 2013 in all versions; my recollection is that it was only going to be available in certain enterprise subscription editions. Thus, for individual users, it will no longer be available? For that reason I have moved some of my projects to Tableau, and do not expect to upgrade to Excel 2013.
    Can you confirm the availability of Power Pivot for all Excel 2013 users , or will it be restricted and unavailable for some users?

  3. Oz
    Jul 01 - 5:10 pm

    Just this weekend I upgraded from Home Premium to Professional Plus and spent time with Power View and PowerPivot.

    Up to that point I never saw myself in VLOOKUP Hell, and it may not be going away any time soon. I’m surprised to discover how many of my clients are still on Excel 2003. And then I have Mac users who don’t have a lot of this great stuff available to them at all.

    These are great features and I’m going to dive into the Data Models. Unfortunately, I suspect, for me, the practical use may be limited to blogposts because I can’t teach Power View in my workshops or send a client a spreadsheet that has a Power View in it.

    • thundom
      Jul 21 - 11:23 pm

      Hi OZ,

      I think the Microsoft would only upgrade the excel to a certain level instead of making it so powerful that it might threat their BI product. You know these “powerful” stuff can be easily done with a entry level crystal reports version.

      Glad to listen to ur opinion on it.

      I spent quite some time and energy on Excel and used it a lot, but now I am focusing energy on BI software like crystal reports.

    • thundom
      Jul 21 - 11:25 pm

      We both know that based on the technology today. All the time we spend on the Macro and advanced function of Excel can be done easily with other softwares which costs only hundreds of bucks.

      • Hui...
        Jul 22 - 6:27 am

        I don’t think Excel tries to be the solver of all problems
        It is a generic tool
        Which for about 95% of people will do what they want 95% of the time
        There will always be specifics where specific custom software will do better than Excel
        It is the commonness of Excel which means that I can send a model to you and it will work , most of the time, that is its strength, of course combined with its flexility in being able to be adapted to suit most needs

        • thundom
          Jul 22 - 6:54 am

          Hi Hui,
          You are right.


          for the business and individual, who spend too much resource on Excel to meet their BI requirements and other processing requests.

          Should they open their eyes to other ways to do it, in this age? Especially for many people try too much time to process stuff with thousands lines of macro programming.

          It is just as when human being created gun fire, the martial arts would not be that effective.

          Ppl need to be prodent when they choose their solution.

          • Eugene Terekhov
            Aug 19 - 11:12 am

            Hi guys, I just came across your conversation. I have an example of BI vs. Excel stuff. Here in Russia there is an ERP-system called “1C”. It became a defacto standart for accounting, planning and BI / analytics. It is positioned as a flexible and powerful system and it really is.
            But its reporting abilities aren’t user-friendly (or maybe just not me-friendly).
            Many reports require programming and all those SQL things, so that is common for a company to have a couple of programmers who develop and code those reports.
            So the common solution is to export data to Excel and then process it to be more suitable for further analysis or reporting.
            Well, it’s obviously not a rule of thumb that special BI software can outperform Excel in day-to-day routine.

  4. Tris
    Jul 01 - 8:07 pm

    Hi Chandoo, thanks for publishing great Excel information. Pardon the ignorance as I havent used Data Model nor PowerPivot. But having seen your video clip on PowerPivot, how does Data Model differ from PowerPivot – the “process” seems familiar? Have a great day! And Excel to new heights! Regards,

    • Oz
      Jul 01 - 9:53 pm

      @Tris, one main difference is that Data Model is part of Excel Home Premium. You’ve got to upgrade to ProPlus to get PowerPivot and Power View.

    • Chandoo
      Jul 03 - 11:55 am

      Also, keep in mind that Data model only lets you combine tables. If you want to create powerful measures (for example show % improvement over last year sales), then PowerPivot is the way to go. For a tour of PowerPivot, visit

  5. Nolberto
    Jul 01 - 8:51 pm

    Excellent posting, some pride themselves for having sheets with thousands of formulas or complicated formulas, but in the end the important thing is to work as little as possible.

    • Oz
      Jul 02 - 12:03 am

      @Nolberto let’s not gloat yet. Some people are forced to have thousands of complicated formulas when they don’t have the fancy tools. I’m sad for the 2003 users who have to use SUMPRODUCT when the rest of us have SUMIFS available.

      In the end, I think the important thing is clean, trustworthy data–however you arrive at it. People survived more than 300 years with slide rules and paper. No PowerPivot for the Wright Brothers.

  6. koi
    Jul 02 - 3:42 pm

    hi chandoo,

    i added 2 column into sales, 1st column vlookup customer ID to CUST sheet to get the male or female, then 2nd column vlookup Product ID to Product sheet to get the product name, then after that i make pivot table out of sales sheet.

    but then the result is really different from yours

    the purposes is just try to do the vlookup vs add to data model to see if they get same result


    • Chandoo
      Jul 03 - 11:57 am

      Hi Koi,

      We are using gender vs. category in the report. Can you try with that? I am sure the results will match.

  7. koi
    Jul 02 - 3:45 pm

    ups sorry, didnt see that you’re filtering using slicer..then it is good now the result are same with less effort :)


  8. SPrasad
    Jul 03 - 3:35 am

    Hi Chandoo, .I am interested to know whether we can build a star schema or snow flake data models through relations in Excel? (trying to correlate with Qlikview)

    • Chandoo
      Jul 03 - 11:58 am

      Hi there,

      You can create a Star schema for sure. Snow-flake is possible too. As long as all relationships are one to many (or one to one) anything is possible.

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  10. Raghavendra Shanbog
    Jul 09 - 6:44 am

    Hello ,
    I find this option similar to that of MS Access.
    In MS Access as well we have relationship concept and once you create a relationship, you can start creating number of queries based on that.
    But MS Access is not so user friendly and basically its database. Good that we are getting those options/functions in Excel.
    Thanks for sharing this info.

    Raghavendra Shanbog

  11. Istiyak Shaikh
    Jul 11 - 6:21 pm

    What is star schema and snow flake.??? Can we have next article on that if it is useful for us???

  12. Roberto
    Jul 12 - 1:48 am

    Hi there, can anyone help? I tried testing this out in Excel using two tables. When I go to the Data tab the Relationships button does not appear at all. I am using Microsoft version 14.0.4760.1000, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010. Does this version have this capability? Or is there an add-in required?

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