Virtual November 2020 | Calgary Power Platform User Group meeting

When:  Nov 17, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (MT)
Join us on Nov 17, 2020, at 3:30 pm MST via Microsoft Teams!

The purpose of this group is to discuss and keep up with the ever-shifting landscape of the Microsoft Power Platform.


Timing to be announced.

Who needs Power BI Desktop when you have Excel | Ken Puls

It’s no secret that many people have been pushing Power BI as a replacement for Excel.  They make an incredible sale pith, giving you an impassioned delivery of everything that the see as an Excel failure, from disorganized spreadsheets, logic flaws, version control problems and a poor security model.  But while Excel files CAN have these problem, they don’t necessarily ALWAYS have these issues.

Have you ever heard the statement “it’s a poor craftsman who blames their tools”?  It is 100% applicable here - many of these issues are not software problems, they are (lack of) training problems!)  How many carpenters do you know who carry only a hammer?  They wouldn’t be very good, would they?  The secret is to have multiple tools at your disposal, using the correct tool for it’s intended purpose.  Individually, each tool is just a tool.  But in the right hands, they can often be best used in combination.

There is no question that Power BI does some things better than Excel, but equally there are definitely tasks which are better suited to Excel than Power BI.

In this session, Ken will demonstrate that you don’t have to pick between Power BI and Excel.  You can do your data forecasting, modeling, exploration and validation in Excel, just as you always have.  And when you’re ready, you can then publish that model directly to Power BI and take advantage of it’s great visual, security and automated refresh capabilities.   At the end of the day, it’s not an either/or world. These tools have different strengths and weaknesses – come see how Excel and Power BI can be Better Together.

Speaker Bios

KEN PULS, FCPA, FCMA, is the president of Excelguru Consulting Inc, a company dedicated to helping users get the most from their data. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them.

Ken is a blogger, software developer, author and trainer with over 20 years of corporate accounting and IT experience. He is one of the world’s leading experts in Microsoft Excel, Power Query and Power BI, and provides live and online training to clients around the world.

In recognition of his contributions, Ken has held the prestigious Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories.

Learn more about Ken at, and follow him on Twitter (@kpuls) and Facebook (@xlguru).

Speaker/Sponsorship opportunities

We welcome anyone who wishes to become involved with one of our user groups. From seasoned presenters to those that are just getting started, there are always opportunities to speak at one of our user groups. For sponsors, this is a great chance to get in front of a dedicated audience of data lovers. Email Renata Kalsbeek ( for more information on these opportunities.

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