OverviewMicrosoft PowerPivot is a free add-on to Excel from Microsoft that allows users to produce new kinds of reports and analyses that were simply impossible before, and this book is the first to tackle DAX formulas, the core capability of PowerPivot, from the perspective of the Excel audience. Written by the world's foremost PowerPivot blogger and practitioner, the book's concepts and approach are introduced in a simple, step-by-step manner tailored to the learning style of Excel users everywhere. The techniques presented allow users to produce, in hours or even minutes, results that formerly would have taken entire teams weeks or months to produce. It includes lessons on the difference between calculated columns and measures; how formulas can be reused across reports of completely different shapes; how to merge disjointed sets of data into unified reports; how to make certain columns in a pivot behave as if the pivot were filtered while other columns do not; and how to create time-intelligent calculations in pivot tables such as "Year over Year" and "Moving Averages" whether they use a standard, fiscal, or a complete custom calendar. The "pattern-like" techniques and best practices contained in this book have been developed and refined over two years of onsite training with Excel users around the world, and the key lessons from those seminars costing thousands of dollars per day are now available to within the pages of this easy-to-follow guide. This updated second edition covers new features introduced with Office 2015.
Reviews"This is the book that opened my eyes about how Power Pivot transforms Excel into much more than a spreadsheet - and I'm supposed to know something about spreadsheets. It's a fun read and it will teach you skills that you really need to know, if you're crunching significant amounts of data in Excel." —Dan Fylstra, President, Frontline Systems
Author BiographyRob Collie is an entrepreneur, author, and consultant. He was one of the founding engineers behind PowerPivot at Microsoft and operates the world's leading PowerPivot website, PowerPivotPro.com. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Avichal Singh is a business analyst at Microsoft and a frequent guest blogger on PowerPivotPro.com. He lives in Seattle.