Does Excel Do MDX?

One of my primary interests at present is Business Intelligence (BI), using available tools to present meaningful information to the business that actually adds value. I won’t go into what BI is, the quality of BI products available at present, or the how businesses perceive or fails to perceive BI, that may be a topic for another day, but rather in developing my skills and capabilities in this area. Excel is a wonderful medium for presenting this information, and the majority users that I know would rather use Excel than other tools. Most people who are familiar with BI will … Continue reading Does Excel Do MDX?

Keeping It Clear

It is not my intention for EDDD to be another ‘Excel Tips & Tricks’ blog, there are plenty of good examples of these already, but I saw someone struggling in a demonstration recently so I am thinking that this technique is not as well know as I had presumed, nor as it should be. Therefore I shall share it with you all. Firstly, I hope we all agree that the Pivot table Field List in Excel 2007 is a big improvement over earlier versions. However, sometimes the cost of a nice facility is that comes at the cost of a … Continue reading Keeping It Clear

The Glory of Pivots

Surely we all know how useful Pivot Tables are in Excel by now? They are great for knocking up a filterable, drillable list of the data, but they can be much more. For instance, it is realtively simple to create a Top 10 (or top n) list from your data in a pivot table. To my mind, this sort of table should form the basis of all dashboards, far better than those pointless guages, pie charts and stacked bar charts (but we digress!). Anyway, as I said, a top 10 list is simple to do. Here are the instructions for … Continue reading The Glory of Pivots