Top 10 Excel Tricks for Increased Efficiency

Considering the time today’s IT professionals spend staring at Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, one might think we’d all be Excel wizards by now. The truth is that while Excel has a low barrier to entry, to become a true super user takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication. While you may think you’re an above-average […]
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Why Every Small Company Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

Does your company have a Plan B? Small company owners often don’t give enough thought to how they would respond to an unexpected natural disaster, data loss, or financial emergency, and when the unthinkable happens, they are left scrambling for a solution. Chances are that solution, however, will prove ineffective. Here are a few sobering […]
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How to Import Data from R Scripts into Power BI

Power BI can obtain datasets from R scripts, though as of the September 2016 release of Power BI the integration is not so slick. For example, we may wish to explore a possible log-linear relationship in our data or the potential of a polynomial relationship. While we could, in principle, add columns to a dataset […]
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Error Handling in Power Query

Hopefully, this blog will quickly become outmoded and useless and I will have wasted my time. Error handling in the Power Query Formula Language, most often simply called “M”, is weak compared with most modern programming environments, and the developers at Microsoft will no doubt address these issues and provide a better system. But, for […]
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Creating Functions in M, The Power Query Formula Language

You have to be careful with economic data (with economists, too, but that’s an entirely different story). Is the data seasonally adjusted? Do the numbers represent current values or have they been adjusted to reflect the dollar’s average value in 2010? For such reasons, it is not uncommon for economists to annotate tables of data. […]
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