The Rise – And Rise – in Excel Training

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft’s premier spreadsheet product, has taken over the world of business. Other rival products have fallen by the wayside. We did shed a tear for Lotus 1-2-3 when it was discontinued a couple of years ago; it was one of our favourite products to...

Tableau v Power BI

The War of Words Heats Up This week Tableau has come out on the offensive against Power BI with a presentation entitled “10 ways Power BI Falls Short”. Aimed at educating IT and procurement executives, the presentation seeks to explain why companies should spend $999...

Learning in the Digital Age – is Paper Dead?

Despite the initial enthusiasm that greeted the advent of e-books, sales for the UK’s five biggest publishers have started to fall back, according to a report in the Bookseller magazine (dropping 2.4%, to 47.9m units in 2015). Things, however, are different in the...

Better Business Intelligence for Better Business

Microsoft’s business intelligence platform has gone through a number of transformations over the past 15 or so years. Initially BI was partnered with SharePoint, then with SQL whilst other components were introduced into Excel. There were flashes of impressive...

Flipped Learning – Flipping Marvellous!

Flipped learning is an instructional method that has had firm acceptance amongst the education sector. The basic tenet of Flipped Learning is that instruction is given on an individual basis prior to training in a group space (which for corporate training has...

Power BI: From Insights to Action

Just over a year ago, on July 24th 2015, Microsoft released its new cloud-based business intelligence solution Power BI Service. Since its inception, the Power BI Service has gone from strength to strength – over 200,000 organisations are now using Power BI – and...

Powering up with PowerApps

These days, it seems everyone wants to have apps but not everyone has the resources to develop them. If that sounds familiar, then Microsoft Power Apps may be the service you have been waiting for. What is PowerApps? According to Microsoft “Microsoft PowerApps is a...

Go with the Flow

Microsoft first unveiled Flow, a business-focused alternative to IFTTT (short for “if this, then that”) in late April. IFTTT, and now Flow, are essentially automation services that create cause and effect links between the various web services you use....

IT Training for End-Users – essential not optional

IT Training Budgets Under Strain Training budgets for IT end user skills have taken something of a hit in recent years. Most technology these days is promoted as intuitive and easy to use and training is often seen as an unnecessary expense. Most people will master...

Get Cash Help with the Cost of Training

The Employer Training Incentive Pilot, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce, provides a 25% grant against cash paid for ‘additional’ training – up to a maximum of £1,000 per learner. In April this year, the scheme paid out is 1000th...