Building a Simple BI Solution in Excel 2013 (Part 1 & 2)

Chris Webb writes up a quick BI solution in Excel 2013:

Building a Simple BI Solution in Excel 2013, Part 1

and

Building a Simple BI Solution in Excel 2013, Part 2

In the process Chris uncovers some bugs and disappointments, but on the whole the application works.

I mention it for a couple of reasons.

If you recall, something like 75% of the BI market is held by Excel. I don’t expect that to change any time soon.

What do you think happens when “self-service” BI applications are created by users? Other than becoming the default applications for offices and groups in organizations?

Will different users are going to make different choices with their Excel BI applications?

Will users with different Excel BI applications resort to knives, if not guns, to avoid changing their Excel BI applications?

Excel in its many versions leads to varying and inconsistent “self-service” applications in 75% of the BI marketplace.

Is it just me or does that sound like an opportunity for topic maps to you?

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