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Use Microsoft Office to get more from electronic medical records systems
Health organizations can use Microsoft Office tools to get more out of electronic medical records systems. The Microsoft in Health blog has some tips to help do that by using Lync, Word and Excel. Clinicians looking at a patient’s record can use Microsoft Lync from within the EMR to initiate...
5 Mar 2014
Get ready for the ultimate modeling smackdown
Financial modeling, that is. Yep, this weekend in New York City, 16 Excel wizards will battle head to head (cell to cell?) in ModelOff 2013 , the world championship of financial modeling. Challengers will do their best to dethrone current reigning champ Alex Gordon and take home the event's $30,000...
5 Dec 2013
Video: Learn how to use Power BI in less than 20 minutes
Power BI is like the Swiss Army knife of business intelligence. Need to create an amazing-looking 3D display of your geographic data? Use Power BI’s Power Map feature. Want to mash up your company’s data with external data sets? Fire up Power BI’s Power Query tool. I’m not...
20 Nov 2013
Excel 2013 video tutorials app gives you fast answers directly from your worksheet
Unlike my biz school sister, I’m no pro when it comes to Excel. But luckily, help is easier to get to than ever before with the free Excel video tutorials app , which launches how-to videos right from the ribbon in Excel 2013. These are the same free Excel 2013 video training courses that you...
8 Oct 2013
Say buh-bye to boring old-school charts and hello to a new era of visual storytelling with Excel
Nothing breaks up miles of text and numbers better than visuals, and sometimes, a chart is worth a thousand words. As we’ve seen with the updated preview version of Power BI , which lets you instantly create slick-looking interactive charts and graphs, Microsoft Office has more tools than ever...
2 Oct 2013
Create stunning interactive charts and graphs instantly with the updated preview version of Power BI
Microsoft Office now puts even more self-serve business intelligence capabilities at your fingertips, thanks to a round of significant updates announced in a Data Platform Insider blog post on Wednesday. The updates beef up the data analysis and visualization features of online service Power BI for Office...
25 Sep 2013
Show off your spreadsheet skills and compete in ModelOff 2013, the Excel Financial Modeling World Championship
If your heart beats fast for finance, spreadsheets and numerical analysis – and you know who you are –it’s time to show off your chops and compete in ModelOff 2013 , the Excel Financial Modeling World Championship. The Excel Blog explains that “financial modeling is the numerical...
24 Sep 2013
Banks discover a goldmine in data
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Besides money, most banks have three things: people, buildings and data. Banks that can best manage and mine their data become the most efficient and best at managing risk and can build the best products for their customers. In short, in the banking world data has become the new competitive differentiator...
18 Sep 2013
Own your fantasy football draft with this epic Excel template
For Lifehacker contributor Peter Ellwood, the key to a successful fantasy football draft is to stay organized. Really, really organized. On Friday he posted the epic Excel template he uses to stay on top of his game – and ahead of the competition – along with his four tips for using Excel...
23 Aug 2013
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