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I’m happy to announce that I’ve been invited to speak at the IMA conference in Fort Myers Florida on July 24. (IMA – Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business).
Our full-day session will cover how to make Excel work for you vs. you for Excel. If you spend your life in Excel, than this training will save you at least 50 hours per year! I actually got to a point where I automated a 40-hour a week job into the first 10 minutes of my day on Monday mornings, and I’ll show you how to do that!
The event is open to anyone and you can find sign-up details here: POWER Excel Training
If you need it, the course also qualifies for 8 CPE credits!
Here’s the day’s agenda:
Morning Course Description: Power Excel 8:30 AM to Noon (continental breakfast included)
– Learn fantastic tips and tricks to speed up your daily Excel usage
– Create Charts with 1-Click!
– See how to apply multiple levels of Sub-Totals to thousands of records.
– Explore Excel’s Data Tables and Structured References
– Quickly remove Duplicate Data and create Sample sets
– Add visual clues to data with Conditional Formatting and Sparklines
– Learn to use Data Validation Lists and AutoFill
– Deal with missing data (a frequent headache with database reports/queries from corporate systems)
Afternoon Description: Advanced Data Analysis Using Excel 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
– Explore the power of Pivot Tables for Data Visualization and reporting
– See how to use Slicers and Timelines for creating self-service reports
– Dealing with Text Functions (FIND, RIGHT, LEFT, MID)
– Understanding when and when not to use IF statements, including AND, OR and NOT-
– Conditional IF statements (COUNTIF(S), SUMIF(S), AVERAGEIF(S)).
– Dealing with formula Errors
– Set up dynamic VLOOKUPs that can automatically adjust
– See the power of INDEX/MATCH to perform reverse and multi-dimensional lookups.
– Explore PowerPivot, one of the most exciting new tools Microsoft has released
And time permitting, we’ll talk about VBA (Visual Basic for Applications), which is the underlying programming language behind most Office applications. It allows you do things like create customized reports on the fly and send them via Outlook all while you get a cup of coffee!
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Come join the Microsoft Excel Development team on Friday, April 4 at 1:00PM (PST) for the first Excel hosted AMA (what is an AMA? http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/wiki/index). Yes, this will be run by the folks who actually work on developing and maintaining the Excel application!
Microsoft depends heavily on user feedback when they’re developing new features for the product, so this is your chance to talk directly to the team, and this is the first time they’re interacting broadly, and in real-time with Excel users at large.
Dan Battagin, Program Lead extraordinaire, and his team at Microsoft will be starting a thread on reddit.com/r/iAMA at 12:50 PM PST, and they want to hear from you, so please take time to participate.
I can tell you that having the opportunity to interact with the Excel development folks at Microsoft is always a real treat, and one that shouldn’t be missed if possible.
Dr. Paul Nissenson, from CalPoly Pomona’s Mechanical Engineering Department, will be offering a free online Introduction to VBA/Excel Programming course through the university. The 10-week course begins April 1, with enrollment though April 4, and a final exam available from June 7-11. Non-CalPoly Pomona students with a passing grade will receive a certificate of completion from CalPoly.
Introduction to VBA/Excel Programming
In this free 10-week online course, you will learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) language in Microsoft Excel. Although many homework problems deal with mechanical engineering concepts, no prior knowledge of programming or engineering is required to succeed in this course. You can self-enroll by clicking on the link below.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to get more out of Excel by writing your own computer programs in the VBA language. Even more importantly, you will understand the logic of programming, enabling you to learn other computer languages rapidly in the future.
Software requirements: for PC’s, Excel 2007 or later. For Macs, Excel 2011.
Enrollment Period: January 20-April 4
Early preview of course material: March 15
First day of class: April 1
Final Exam: June 7-11 (the Final Exam can be taken any time during this period)
Here’s a link if you’re interested: https://csupomona.coursesites.com