We’re always thrilled when a client doesn’t need us anymore — it’s a sure, bittersweet sign of success. It’s a strange thing to say for people out in the wild trying to make a living as consultants, but we encourage our clients to learn what we do and to take ownership of the work so that they don’t need us anymore. The key word is empowerment and we preach it from day one.
For Excel Pros empowerment around data & analytics is the norm in 2016. Don’t let any fancy-ass business intelligence consultant tell you otherwise.
The difference in 2016 is that we have tools that are accessible on two fronts: relative simplicity and price. For Excel people, modern Excel offers functionality that historically was locked up in expensive, overly technical software — the ability to automatically refresh data, to tap into large datasets, to mashup data from multiple data sources. You can do all that in Excel now; you could do it all the way back in Excel 2010 but nobody was paying attention then. And what’s the cost of Excel? If you already have a copy, the financial cost is zero. Of course there’s a cost associated with learning the new tools and that’s what we’re here for. We’ll teach you, empower you, and support you when you need us and if we’ve done our job well you won’t need us for very long.
Austin is VP of Operations & Growth at PowerPivotPro — check us out http://www.powerpivotpro.com