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December 1, 2020

Pivot Table with Percentage of Sales

I was reviewing the video recording of our course "Grow Your Profit Through Data Analytics and Data Modelling" and this feature was highlighted. Do you know that you can present the Monthly Sales and % of Sales side by side as you see in the picture?

Not many people know of this function. If you know, that's good. If you don't, you can learn about it in our course "Grow Your Profit Through Data Analytics and Data Modelling".

November 19, 2020

The Primary Purpose of Data Visualization

Data Visualization is not about seeing the numbers. It is about seeing patterns.

I have seen many organizations clutter their chart with numbers and missed the pattern altogether.

In the charts taken from a utility bill, it only showed the consumption over the months and the average against neighbours as well as the national average. That's what data visualization is designed to do.

Remember not to ask your staff to add this number and that number and comments into the chart. 

#datavisualization #dataanalytics #business

October 6, 2020

One Step to Data Analytics from Excel

Do you see the white dotted lines on the road? 

Just like this road that is separated by the dotted line, Excel and Data Analytics are also separated by a thin dotted line.

If you have been extracting data, filtering data, copying and pasting data in Excel, you can easily step across to the other side of the road and take the data analytics path. Both share the same skills and both can be achieved using Excel. Check out both courses below.

Hidden Secrets of Data Analysis in Excel

Grow Your Profits Through Data Analytics and Data Modelling

October 6, 2020

Arrow or Dart?

The target was at a distance, about 100m away. She held up the bow, place the arrow on the bow, pulled the arrow against the string and took aim. The arrow flew out of the bow and she let go and hit the target at the bullseye. 

The bow is like the control key on your keyboard. The arrow key is the arrow. If you just simply press the arrow key, you can only move to the next cell. But by pressing and holding on to the control key first and then press the arrow key at the same time, you can fly to the last row of your data.

Without the control key, your arrow key is like the dart. It can only move bit by bit. But with the bow and arrow, you can shoot further and faster. 

Remember the control and arrow keys.  

Check out the course below if you wish to boost your productivity 

October 1, 2020

Download Transform Load (DTL)

I was chatting with a friend online and she told me that she has attended a course on Power Query and Power Pivot.

That is a good thing. I checked on the online course she attended and it seemed to cover most of the features in the course.

The next question I asked was: Have you applied any of it?

Do you know the answer?

When we acquire a skill, it is important to know how to use it. So I created this video to share with her and you. This is what you could do when you learn data analytics, specifically power query.

Hope the video helps you understand how data analytics can simplify your job.
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September 24, 2020

Green bar in Power Query

Did you see the green bar in the picture? It is just below the header.

These 2 columns have different green bars. One is a complete green bar while the other is shared with a grey bar. The green bar is an indication that the list in that column.

If the green bar is full, it means that all the values are displayed.

But if the green bar is shared with a grey bar, this means that some of the values are filtered.

Actually, there is another colour. It’s red. When it appears, it means that the column contains error values.

June 2, 2020

High Expectation

The man passed by a shop selling jigsaw puzzles and bought one for his 5 year old son. He can't wait to give it to his son Jordan. Jordan had never played with one before. 

Upon reaching home, he went straight to Jordan's room to show him his favourite cartoon character printed on the box. Jordon's eyes brightened up. The man quickly unwrapped the box and poured the 500 pieces of jigsaw puzzle on the floor and left him to complete it. 

I bet you don’t give your son a 500 pieces puzzle to start with. You would probably give him 10 piece puzzle and show him how to put 2 pieces together. And then you would teach him how the pieces are supposed to fit together to make up the cartoon character.

And when he had completed the puzzle for the very first time with you, you would probably want him to do it again to make sure he knew how to do it all by himself.


When it comes to budgeting, most of you expect your staff to perform like an expert after they were sent for a basic Excel course.

You see, Budgeting in Excel is very similar to a jigsaw puzzle. Knowing the basic Excel skills is not enough. 

Your staffs need to know the functions/formulas before they can use these functions/formulas for budgeting. This is not an easy task and it takes weeks if not months to figure out the process and put into practice. 

But Jason, we don’t have time to do that. The budgeting season is starting soon. 

Well if this is the case, then I am able to help. You see, I understand the problem they are facing and I know which function/formulas are needed for budgeting. And I have created a proprietary process which will be able to shorten the time taken for budgeting from a few months to just days.

This means that they don't have to figure that out any more and they can simply learn what is necessary to get the job done.  And the process they learned can be applied to other areas of their job as well once they see how it works.  I won’t waste their time and yours by subjecting them to the all functions and formulas type of training which they may not use for the next 20 years.

And with a few practice which will just take only hours, they will be able to do this all on their own. How about that?

Complete the form below for a non-obligation chat with me if you value your staff time and want to have a stress free budget.  

June 1, 2020

Is it worth it?

My bluetooth ear piece cannot connect to my laptop. I tried to turn on and off, reboot the computer, delete and set up the device again. All didn't help.

I googled for the driver and click on the support link. It went to a 404 page, meaning that the page cannot be found. I called Plantronics and after a long long wait, I got to someone. It was the wrong line. I was re-directed to another line and the wait started all over again.

When I finally got to talk to the right person and explained to him what happened, the line was cut off before the customer service guy could respond to me. The guy got my number but he didn't call me back. I give up.

I have wasted the entire morning with this and yet it cannot be resolved. 

Do you have the same experience like me when it comes to corporate budgeting?

When we do corporate budgeting, one of the many fears we had was broken links. When it happened, it sent a shiver down our spine. And we started to question ourselves - 

  • Was this the only broken link?
  • What if there were others and we were not aware of?
  • Did we incorporate the numbers from all the departments in the budget?

We do not know what had caused the broken link especially when we have checked and ensured that all the links were valid. We couldn't develop a plan to prevent it. And history always repeated itself.

Somebody recommended to me budgeting software. I tried a number of them. They were not as good as Excel because they took away the flexibility Excel offered, such as

  1. copying the formula across the columns with one click,
  2. scroll left and right and up and down easily. ​
  3. printing the budget within one page for viewing and checking.

Excel still reigns.

Not wanting to be overcome by this fear of corporate budgeting, I started to study the functions in Excel and tried to see how I can jump out of this budgeting nightmare. 

After many trials over the years, I finally managed to find the right model to corporate budgeting with the following advantages.

  • No more linking to other worksheets with formulas
  • No more multiple files to consolidate the results.
  • No more multiple files to break down the company expenses by department.
  • And it takes less than one hour to setup. It is that fast. 

If you are struggling with corporate budgeting and would like to know how my solution can help you, drop me a text to find out. No worries, there is no obligation for asking. 

May 28, 2020

How to create a professional employee evaluation report without repetitive copy and paste

It is time for employee evaluation. Armed with the employee data worksheet,

the skills evaluation worksheet

the mean score worksheet,

you start to present your case and flipping from one worksheet to another. Not only it appears uncool, it can perceived that you are not well prepared for the meeting. Why not put them together and give a one screen summary like the one below and have a fruitful discussion?

If you wish to find out more, watch the video below.

May 14, 2020

How to create a re-certification report

re-certification report

Create a re-certification report using Pivot Table is easy. Watch the video below to find out. If you like what you see, help me like the post and share it with your L&D friends.

Reports are easy to create, if and only if you have the correct set of data to work on. In our courses, we use the iiMAP framework to create any report that is easy to maintain. It is not complicated but requires you to possess a certain level of skills in 3 areas, Excel, Database knowledge and your domain knowledge (in this case L&D). We have 

  • public runs (Fixed outline)
  • customized courses (learn what you need to know)
  • coaching program (hand hold you as you create that report)
  • and consultancy (building the reports for you).

Contact me if you want to have a quick turnaround time for your reports.