In the third session of Chandoo.org podcast, we are going to get BI curious.
Not that kind you silly, We are talking about Business Intelligence, Big Data, Power Pivot & other Power BI family members. In this session, I am happy to feature Mike Alexander – Microsoft MVP, Author, Blogger & a good friend. Mike talks about how Excel is shaping the BI (Business Intelligence) revolution with advent of Power BI functionality.
You will learn,
- Introduction, what Mike is up to these days?
- What is BI, what does it mean to an average Excel analyst?
- What BI capabilities Excel has – brief intro to each of them
- Power Pivot & what it does
- Power Query & why it is important
- Power View & how it works (and where it sucks)
- Power Maps
- How to learn about these new technologies
- Recommended Books
- Live classes
- Special gift for our listeners
Last Friday, we had a fun little Excel challenge – Calculate Maximum Change. More than 170 people commented and shared their solutions to this problem.
And the best part?
The best part is the variety of solutions & thinking displayed by our community. So if you are one of those 170, puff your chest & pat yourself on the back. Go ahead, I will wait.
Today, lets take a look at some of these awesome formulas and understand how they work. Read on and watch the video you below to gain few awesomeness pounds.Continue »
Edit: WARNING…This is NOT a post on Excel No. Sorry ’bout that. Well, kinda sorry. To quote John Lydgate: “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”. If you […]Continue »
Today, lets see how good your formula skills are.
Calculate maximum change
Can you calculate what is the maximum change in product sales between 2 months for above data?Continue »
Anyone running a small business knows the oozing bits of joy when you hear a customer saying, “Can you send me an invoice?”
While creating an invoice is an easy task, if you want something that is professional looking, easy to manage and works well, then you are stuck.
That is where Excel really shines. By using an invoice template, you can quickly create and send invoices.
Today I want to share one such template with you all. Why? Because we are awesome like that.Continue »
In the second session of Chandoo.org Podcast, We will be learning how to use 5 Excel lookup functions.
What is in this session?
In this session, we tackle one of the most important areas of Excel. The lookup functions.
You will learn,
- Why lookup functions are necessary
- 5 Important lookup functions in Excel – VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, LOOKUP, MATCH & INDEX
- When & how to use each of these 5 functions?
- Extreme scenarios:
- What happens when the value you are looking up is not there?
- What if too many items match the lookup value?
- What if you have too many conditions in the lookup criteria?
- Using IFERROR function
- Re-cap of the new powers you acquired
- 4 Resources for you to learn lookup functions better
One of the most useful features of Excel is formula help box. You know the little yellow box that appears as soon as you start typing a formula in a cell. I use this all the time to understand what the syntax of a particular function is, what parameters to pass etc.
Although I love it, sometimes it does get in the way when writing formulas. Because the help box sits on top of my data, often I find it hard to know which cell to link to.
Simple. Use your mouse to move away the help box wherever you want.Continue »