Excel is a popular data analysis tool, yet most users have never learned the basics of data analysis using Excel or the tools that Excel offers to help with data analysis. Those that learned to analyze data using PivotTables, soon learned there were many weaknesses in PivotTables that resulted in elaborate calculations in order to perform simple tasks. In 2010, after much development and little hype, Microsoft released Power Pivot, a new data analytic tool that removed the weaknesses of PivotTables. This single product took Excel from a low-end data analytic tool to one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive tools. Since 2010, Microsoft has continued their development of end-user data analytic tools. This entire suite of products is called Power BI. In this session, we will provide an overview of the various Power BI tools and discuss Microsoft’s Power BI Strategy. We will begin by explaining the challenges faced by many accountants when it comes to analyzing data in Excel. You will learn how each Power BI tool reduces the challenges and improves your data analytic skills. You will also gain a complete understanding of when to use which tool. As an overview, we will not be teaching the details of each tool but you will receive a thorough understanding of what each tool can accomplish. This session is presented using Excel 2019/Office 365. Regardless of the version you are using, most concepts covered in this course apply to all versions of Excel.
The challenge of using Excel for Data Analysis. An overview of the various Power BI Tools. An overview of when and why to use each Power BI Tool. A tour of each tools interface.
Anyone who uses or wants to use Excel for Data Analysis.
Recognize ways that the Power BI tools can help with your data analysis needs. Identify uses for each Power BI tool. Select which Power BI tool will meet your organization’s strategy.
Bryan L. Smith, CPA, CITP, CISA is the co-founder of CPA Crossings in Rochester, MI. He is a CPA with a strong background in information technology and serves as a virtual CIO to CPA firms and professional organizations. He specializes in the planning and deployment of effective technology solutions. Bryan and John Higgins recently authored Ten Steps to a Digital Practice in the Cloud, which has been published by the AICPA.
Bryan helps firm leaders understand the opportunities associated with deploying information technology to improve productivity, enhance client services, and increase profitability. He uses his extensive knowledge and experience to help CPAs bridge the gap between business and technology.
He is a past chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs Information Technology Committee and the Leadership Committee.
Non-Member Price $99.00
Member Price $79.00