Bud’s Perspective – August 2012
Last time I mentioned that Windows 8 and Office 2013 were an AWESOME combination. Well, I am still using both of these tools on my tablet and discovering new things about each of them that continue to surprise me.
In Office 2013, a real sign of the way the wind is blowing in terms of “cloud” can be found in the fact that the default place to save documents in Windows 8 is either to a SkyDrive or SharePoint site. You can still go the old fashioned way – your My Documents or C: drive or a shared file on your local network BUT the handwriting is on the wall. I think this is a good thing and drives home the point of anywhere, anytime, any device access to “my stuff.” Later in this newsletter, you’ll find comments from some of our team about their experience with Office 2013.
As I said last time, two of my favorite topics are Collaboration and Business Intelligence. In the area of BI, I am particularly interested in the powerful tools for self-service BI in Excel. We saw the beginning of this in Excel 2010 with an add-in called Power Pivot. Well, Power Pivot has now been fully integrated with Excel 2013 and in addition, another capability, Power View has also been added to Excel 2013.
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Power View is an interactive data exploration, visualization, and presentation experience that encourages intuitive ad-hoc reporting.
For now, let me give you some idea of massive amounts of data in Power Pivot. I have a laptop, (from before my tablet), that has 8GB of ram and Excel 2013. I have imported data from text files, databases, and spreadsheets, into Excel 2013 from 4 different sources, more than 50 tables in all, containing more than 60,000,000 rows of data. All of this data can be modeled, modified and displayed using Power Pivot right on my laptop. It is also very fast. The technique is very similar to using Pivot Tables, which have been around for a long while.
Next month I’ll introduce Power View, and we can begin to see how these two go together to make a very capable set of tools. They can help you see and understand what is happening in your business in a way that has not been available to you before.
It is very exciting to share this information with you, I believe that self-service BI is a real agent of change for my business and for yours. If you have any questions, please let me know.
One more point – if you buy a new Windows computer, desktop, laptop or tablet at the end of this year, it will have Windows 8 and Office 2013. Of course, if you are using Windows Intune, you’ll get Windows 8, and if you have Office 365, you’ll get Office 2013 via your subscription. It doesn’t matter how you get to Windows 8 and Office 2013 – I still think they are AWESOME together!
If you have any questions, PLEASE give me a call or email me and we can talk about specifics and how it might affect any decision you are making.