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Letter to the CFO – Key decisions for a more efficient business

Dear CFO / CIO, I am writing on behalf of your office staff - they need your help.   There are FOUR decisions you can make today that will make your business a more efficient and a more engaging place to work. 1. Commit to providing regular training for your staff Picture a scenario where a [...]

Remove all errors with Power Query

Are you experiencing an issue when unpivotting Excel data? Unfortunately as soon as you try to Unpivot a table of data containing a #DIV/0 or #/NA you get a very strange warning.... "The operation failed because the source databases does not exist, the source table does not exist, or because you do not have access [...]

Vote for the Excel and Power BI features you want

Microsoft UserVoice We all want to make Excel and Power BI better. There are new features we'd love to see, and there are existing issues we'd like to fix. Microsoft are listening to users expressing their views via voting on the UserVoice sites. Vote for the features you want A number of experts (including our [...]

MYOB and Excel/Power BI integration

Approximately 1.2 million businesses use MYOB products, this versatile accounting package has several offerings, but one thing they have in common is a less then amazing reporting function and integration with Excel. In 2013 MYOB Introduced a set of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for several of its products, making it now possible to extract data [...]

Download your own Power Query Calendar

Every Excel Power Pivot Model or Power BI Desktop file needs a Calendar. With the addition of a Calendar to your Data Model you can start to do all sorts of useful analysis such sorting the data by Fiscal month and Fiscal Year or performing calculations such as TotalYTD, Year On Year Growth, [...]

Free yourself from using formulas

Power Query is the greatest addition to Excel in 10 years, it's amazing at extracting and transforming data ready for you to use in a report. In this two minute video we show you how easy it is to extract the data you need without using any formulas! Find out more Extract and clean your [...]

How to pull exchange rates from a web page into Excel or Power BI

This 3 minute video shows how easy it is to link to web page data with Excel. In this scenario it's connecting to the Reserve Bank of Australia exchange rates web page. Get & Transform is built into Excel 2016. It was previously known as Power Query and is still a free download for Excel [...]

Excel and Power BI – From the Microsoft Studios

Excel and Power BI are amazing analysis and data visualisation tools. Knowing what's possible is just the beginning. You can see the possibilities in this video recently recorded at the Microsoft Studios in Seattle. The speed of change and capabilities of Excel and Power BI are dizzying. The benefits of learning these technologies will save [...]

Excel or Power BI – where to start?

Excel or Power BI - where to start? So... Excel has Power Query and Power Pivot built in. Power BI uses the same technology.  So which one should you learn first? I say which should you learn "first" because if you learn one it's a relatively small step to learn the other 2 Questions: 1. What's your aim? [...]

3 Easy Steps to Manage your Data Fields

3 Easy Steps to Manage your Data Fields Want to control which data fields to keep in Power Query when removing other columns? When using the ‘Remove Other Columns’ transformation in Power Query (‘Get & Transform’ in Excel 2016+) the query editor hard-codes the remaining column names in the Advanced Editor. This is fine if your [...]

Excel’s 3 Best Kept Secrets

What are Excel's 3 Best Kept Secrets? Excel has seen great advancement in the last 10 years and every user who spends their days re-organising data can benefit hugely from Excel's 3 best kept secrets. 1. Power Query If you or members of your team use Excel a lot then you are missing out massively [...]

Management Reporting in Need of an Overhaul?

3 Signs your Company's Management Reporting Needs a Massive Overhaul How much time does your organisation spend each month preparing budget and management reports? How much time does management spend trying to understand these reports? How much money does your organisation spend on reporting solutions? Do any of the following [...]

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