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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 4

By Jeff Lenning | September 25, 2019 |

Welcome to round 4. In this round, we want to explore the issue of return values. Specifically, the data types that our two heavyweights can return. Can they return text values? Numbers? So, that’s the idea … let’s jump right in. Round 4 … ding! Round 4  We have some account numbers, but we…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 3

By Jeff Lenning | September 10, 2019 |

Welcome to Round 3. In this round, we want to explore the idea of column order. That is, we want to find out if the order of the lookup table columns matter to these functions. Let’s find out! Round 3 … begins now! Round 3  We are trying to build a little report, and…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 2

By Jeff Lenning | August 19, 2019 |

Round 2 begins! In this round, the goal is to understand what happens when values that are supposed to match are stored as different data types. Different data types? Cells can store many kinds of data, including numbers, text, dates, times, and so on. The format you apply to a cell doesn’t impact the data…

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Battle of Heavyweights: Round 1

By Jeff Lenning | August 7, 2019 |

It is time! In the first post, we met VLOOKUP. In the second post, we met SUMIFS. And now, the battle begins! Here is how it will work. The competition will consist of several rounds. In each round, we will use VLOOKUP and then SUMIFS to perform the same task. Then, we’ll determine who wins…

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Battle of Heavyweights: SUMIFS

By Jeff Lenning | July 24, 2019 |

This is the second post in the Battle of Heavyweights series, where we are comparing VLOOKUP to SUMIFS in order to understand their key differences. Knowing these key differences will help us determine which to use in a given workbook. In the previous post, we were introduced to VLOOKUP. Now, it is time to meet…

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Battle of Heavyweights: VLOOKUP

By Jeff Lenning | July 24, 2019 |

This is the first post in a series called Battle of Heavyweights. In the series, we’ll use a boxing metaphor to compare VLOOKUP and SUMIFS. Now, as you read the next paragraph, use your best announcer’s voice and be sure to imagine the roar of a cheering crowd 🙂 “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the…

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Sum a Column Based on Values in Another

By Jeff Lenning | May 22, 2019 |

In this post, we’ll learn how to add up a column of numbers based on the values in another column. For example, we are trying to analyze product sales based on average customer rating. That is, customers rate our products on a scale of 1 to 10, and so each product has an average rating…

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Stop Wasting Time 4

By Jeff Lenning | May 6, 2019 |

In this post, we are going to use the data model to improve our reporting process. This is the fourth post in the Stop Wasting Time series, and this is where everything we’ve learned comes together. By the time we have finished this post, updating our report will be extremely easy. In fact, it will…

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Stop Wasting Time 3

By Jeff Lenning | April 30, 2019 |

We are in the middle of a series called Stop Wasting Time, where we are learning about Excel features that help us improve how we update a report. In the beginning of our journey, we were updating the report manually. Now, as we’ve learned more, we’ve been able to automate parts of it. That is,…

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Stop Wasting Time 2

By Jeff Lenning | April 9, 2019 |

This is the second post in the Stop Wasting Time series. In this post, we learn how Power Query can help us update our report in less time. After all, why would we want to spend more time than necessary updating it? That is called “wasting time” and we just don’t like wasting such a…

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