Power BI or Excel VBA?

What is the purpose and difference between Power BI and Excel VBA * When to use what * Or maybe you can use both? * Here is my take on the role Power BI and Excel VBA can play in your setting.

Lucien, one of the professional Excel VBA experts following my Blog and courses approached me this week with this question.

He noted a shift from Excel to Power BI in his workplace and asked about my point of view on the two.

Lucien mentioned that he is more of an “Excel/VBA person” and that the Power BI reports seem slow and not interactive.

What a great question to call for a Blog post!

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Developing Business Applications with Excel VBA and MySQL Server

Turn Excel into a powerful information systems development platform * Enjoy the power of a relational Database in your Excel VBA applications * Business applications like you never thought possible with Excel * Today we write SQL queries from Excel VBA to MySQL DB

Be prepared!

Last week, I guided you through setting up MySQL server and Excel so that they can communicate with one another.

If you don’t have a ready environment for Excel VBA to talk with MySQL server – complete this first and jump back afterwards.

As I want to focus on writing SQL queries from VBA, I will assume...

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A story about a customer request and the delivered Excel VBA solution

A rare glimpse of the “behind the scenes” work on an Excel project. From the raw customer request through the business requirements analysis report up to the delivered solution. Impressions from the first Excel VBA Inner Circle workshop.

The first Excel VBA Inner Circle monthly workshop took place two days ago.

The monthly workshop is a deep dive into some aspect of Excel VBA and SQL programming and career. I expose advanced VBA programming, code, user experience considerations, data design and processes planning, and any professional aspect having to do with Excel VBA and SQL.

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The Excel Dashboards Guide: The Visual

How should a dashboard strategy be conceptualized? How do you translate the accumulated data into an effective business compass for the decision maker? Start your journey here

We planned our Dashboards and prepared the data. We’re now ready for the artistic magic: the visual effect and user experience. This is the focus of today’s Blog post, the last in this “all Dashboards” 4-articles series. If you missed the previous parts, start here.

Start with Observation

Now is the time to take the blueprint of our Dashboard we sketched when we planned our Dashboards layout,...

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The Excel Dashboards Guide: Data Staging

How should a dashboard strategy be conceptualized? How do you translate the accumulated data into an effective business compass for the decision maker? Start your journey here

After we have finished all the preparations for our Dashboard in the previous Blog post of this Dashboards’ Guide series, we’re now ready to start implementing our Dashboard in Excel.

Preparing the Data for the Dashboards

A good data staging serving our Dashboards must be very efficient, to quickly refresh the Dashboards. This implies that we need to carefully strike a balance across all resources required...

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The Excel Dashboards Guide: Planning Considerations

How should a dashboard strategy be conceptualized? How do you translate the accumulated data into an effective business compass for the decision maker? Start your journey here

In the previous Blog post we understood the main aspects and types of Dashboards. In this second of a 4-part Blog post, we start preparing ourselves for the much-anticipated Dashboard.

The Big Picture

The place to start is the business requirements analysis document, we prepared (or received) before we planned and implemented the application. The Dashboards’ elements should already be described right there.

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The Excel Dashboards Guide: Orientation

How should a dashboard strategy be conceptualized? How do you translate the accumulated data into an effective business compass for the decision maker? Start your journey here

The importance of Dashboards

Dividing information systems’ role into two main focus areas, we have the operational processes on one hand (OLTP) and the analytics on the other (OLAP).

Considering the ultimate goal of supporting and driving the business, OLTP systems streamline the daily work, govern the processes and control the data as it is being accumulated in the database. OLAP solutions are tasked with...

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Excel VBA User Forms – A Game Changer

What separates an Excel model from a professional business application? Besides good programming practices it’s the user experience * Excel VBA User Forms allow you to deliver mission-critical business applications that will make your customer WOW.

Today I launched my third course in the Computer Programming and Databases with Excel VBA and SQL program.  This course, titled Beyond Excel Boundaries with User Forms: Deliver a Professional User Experience, covers User Forms implementation as the user interface for Excel-based business applications.

This launch today made it an easy...

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105 Excel VBA Functions Explained: My New Course Launched Today

What makes this course unique * What is this course about * What did it take to produce this course * Is this course right for you?

Not that I planned to launch this new course when everybody is glued to the computer screen waiting for the Corona scare to pass by, but today is the day, and it’s out!

Those of you who follow me for a while, already know the wide portfolio of services and products I offer, all about developing business software with Excel VBA and leading many others to become such consultants.

IF you’ve completed my flagship course: Computer Programming with Excel...

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Dashboards as a Trigger and Entry Point to Operational Transactions

Dashboards typically come from the Business Intelligence world. Updating the operational DB come from the transactional world. Why not connect the two for a full insight-to-action experience?

In a project I delivered this week to a new customer in Australia, it hit me that I have combined dashboards with updating data records for long time. Intuitively, as I envision the customer’s line of thought, I usually allow the user to cross the lines and open an update screen straight from a dashboard.

What’s the Big Deal?

In the traditional data-centric approach to business information...

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