Excel Power Users Hit Chicago

excelbrothers02 They didn’t ask for my advice, but Mike Alexander and Dick Kusleika need a poster for their upcoming Excel and Access Power User Workshop. The event is in Chicago, and who better represents that city than the Blues Brothers? Your Photoshop skills are probably better than mine (non-existent), so here is my attempt at morphing Mike and Dick into The Excel Brothers. (Sorry Mike, I had to widen your face a little!)

I’ve spent many hours with Mike and Dick at Microsoft events, and they are both extremely knowledgeable, and highly entertaining. If you can make it to Chicago next month, and want to power up your Excel and Access skills, I highly recommend signing up for this workshop.

The two day workshop runs Wednesday, May 18, 2011 – Thursday, May 19, 2011, and the schedule is jam packed with sessions that will make your Excel/Access skills even more amazing than they are now.

What You’ll Learn

Bring your laptop to the workshop, so you can follow along, and hone your skills, while Mike and Dick guide you. Here’s a summary of what you’ll learn in the sessions:

  • Automate the Data Moves between Excel and Access
  • Enhance Dashboards and Reports with External Data
  • Leverage MS Query and SQL Techniques
  • Introducing new Powerful PowerPivot capabilities
  • Automate the Building of Excel Pivot Tables and Charts from Access
  • Building client-side solutions that use SQL server as the back end
  • Create Install Files for your Excel and Access Solutions.
  • Improve your VBA skills, going beyond simple Functions and Procedures

And of course, when you attend a power user workshop like this, you’ll learn even more during the breaks and informal sessions, by chatting with Mike and Dick, and your fellow attendees.

Early Bird Savings

There are still a few days left to register and get the Early Bird savings – a $100 discount. The price goes up on May 1st, so check it out now, and save some money.

Chicago Fun

I’ve been to Chicago a few times, and it’s my favourite city in the USA. Granted, my experience is limited – I’m comparing it to Atlantic City, Orlando, Buffalo and Seattle. If you register for the Excel and Access Power User Workshop, add a couple of days to your trip, and spend the weekend doing touristy things in Chicago.

During a visit last fall, I saw the Blues Brothers’ police car – stalled in the middle of The Magnificent Mile!

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The Chicago Mayfest is celebrated May 20-22, and it sounds like fun. Who knows – you might run into Ferris Bueller!

The 17th annual Chicago Mayfest brings in three days of celebration – featuring; Chicago’s BEST Bands, Festival Cuisine, Maypole dancing, pretzels, beer, artisans, and a broad spectrum of super cool entertainment.

Just tell your boss that you want to get to Chicago for some Excel/Access training, and Maypole dancing. Who could argue with that?

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