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About ExcelBusinessIntelligence.com

ExcelBusinessIntelligence.com was born out of a desire to teach Excel users to work smarter instead of harder.

We specialise in Excel Business Intelligence and Microsoft Power BI training. What makes our training unique is that, instead of focusing on the technical aspects (which require learning complex programming languages like SQL) we focus on the business user.

We teach people how to put together sophisticated dashboards using simple Excel tools, without having to know complex tools like macros, VLookUps or VBA. 

We enable business people to move far beyond spreadsheets, as well as teaching a variety of analysis techniques, making data easier to understand through easy to create dashboards and reports, empowering them to make better business decisions and putting them in the top 1% of Excel users worldwide. 

We guarantee that by learning these skills you will become 80% more productive in 20% of the time.

Our courses are run in the classroom - either in-house or at a training venue in London, Manchester and Leeds - or online, making then accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Meet the Team

My name is Ian Littlejohn and I worked as a management consultant for over 15 years. During that time I created thousands of impressive spreadsheets for my clients, using complicated formulas and functions like macros and VLookUp to achieve the desired results. One of my biggest frustration was that it was extremely time consuming and a simple mistake could result in many additional hours wasted trying to figure out where the problem was. 

​I knew there had to be a better way and that’s when I discovered Excel PivotTables. That simple discovery, over 8 years ago, changed my life overnight because I could now create amazing reports and analyse data in minutes!
​I quickly realised that most of my clients and colleagues, who were all regular Excel users, were also not aware that this amazing tool existed, and those that did know about Pivot Tables did not realise it’s true power.
 
That's when I created my first training course, and since then we have made a positive difference in the lives of many of Excel users.
 
Over time, as Microsoft released new Excel technologies, I developed more courses, teaching business people to easily create powerful reports, analyse data and develop interactive dashboards. Technologies such as Power Pivot, Power Query and Power BI fundamentally change what Excel users can do today. 

What used to take hours, days and weeks to create in Excel can now be achieved in minutes.

More recently I started working with Google Data Studios and I can honestly say that this is one of the most exciting developments with regards to data analysis and visualisation.  

At ExcelBusinessIntelligence.com we focus on both the Excel BI tools and the Google BI tools because both of them offer unique functions and fit into different niche markets.

My name is Susan Ahrensmeier.  I've been in marketing for the past 12 years and I truly believe that the training we offer has the possibility to change peoples lives for the better.  In fact I'm so confident that, if you attend our training and don't feel it made any difference to the way you work, I'll give you your money back.

My favourite quote comes from Abraham Lincoln because it sums up how our training impacts the way people work.
"Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first 4 sharpening my axe"
What did he mean?  I love this story...

A young man approached the foreman of a logging crew and asked for a job.

“Let’s see you fell this tree first” said the foreman. The young man stepped forward and skillfully felled the large tree. The foreman was impressed and said to the young man: “You can start on Monday.”

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday came and went. On Thursday afternoon the foreman came to the young man and said: “You can pick up your pay-check on your way out today.” Startled the young man exclaimed, “But I thought you paid on Friday!” “That’s right,” said the foreman, “but we are letting you go today because you have fallen behind. Our daily felling charts show that you have dropped from first place on Monday to last place today.”

“But I work really hard,” said the young man. “I arrive early, I leave late and I even work through my breaks. Please don’t just fire me.”

The foreman knew this to be true, and sensing the young man’s integrity, stopped and thought for a bit. Then he asked: “Have you been sharpening your axe?”

The young man replied: “No sir. I have been working too hard to take time for that.”

The world is changing at a ridiculous pace, time seems to pass faster as each day goes by. Today's technology should make our lives easier but, sadly, the opposite is true. People are working harder, but not smarter. We're able to access email on the go and never leave work,we're working 24/7 yet still feel like we don't have enough time.

I believe that the key to surviving the 21st century is learning to work smarter, using technology to improve our lives instead of becoming a slave to it. 

Sharpen Your Axe!
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