Power Map Example: Plotting Flight Path

Hello from New Zealand. Here for 5 days conducting over 15 sessions for key customers.

We have seen how to use Power Map for Excel and create geographical visualizations. Read these articles for details. We will plot a flight path using Power Map in this article. Here is how it looks.

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Photo credit: lebribri / Foter / CC BY-SA

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Have you tried Office 2016?

Yes it is a free preview right now (18 Aug 2015). Just install the new Office 2016 Trial from here. Here is the list of new features. If you have the appropriate version of Office 365 you will receive the upgrade automatically when the product is released.

Test it using a separate PC or a virtual machine. DO NOT install it on your regular work machine because it is still in testing stage.

I will cover the features in more detail. But here is a very interesting feature which some of you may like. You can do forecasting very quickly using the Forecast Sheet feature of Excel 2016.

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Here is the raw data – a time series and the forecast generated from it.

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More coverage of new features coming soon…

(I had written another post about this trial, which I have deleted. That was because the side-by-side running of new version with older versions mentioned in that article requires lot of technical explanation, which is not worth the trouble at trial stage)

Still don’t like the Windows 10 Start Menu? Use Classic Shell

Install Classic Shell. I have been using it since Windows 8 days. Works perfectly. Has all the features you expect (and more) from Windows 7. Extremely customizable. I have already started using it.

Of course the New start menu has many good things. But sometimes, you just want to start a program, search for a file and get going. You don’t want any distractions. That is when you use a start menu replacement like this one. Of course if you Shift Click on the Classic Shell Start icon, you can still get the New Start Menu anyway. So we get best of both worlds.

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The only thing I wonder about is, if it is so simple to give the world what they want, why did Microsoft not provide this as an option for so many years. If people had got back their favorite feature, they would have looked at all the “New” features and “Apps” more positively. Even now it is not too late…

Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud: Download my presentations shown at CIO Crown conference

Thanks Anoop Mathur and team for inviting me to speak at the CIO Crown event. I received many requests for the presentations I used during this session. So here they are.

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I conducted two sessions. First was an introductory session consisting of practical concepts for effective utilization of these technologies. Then I conducted a survey with the CIOs present at the conference and presented the summary in the second session. I recorded the video only for the second session.

Download Part 1 (500 KB)
Download Part 2 (400 KB)
Download Part 2 Video (84 MB)

Do post your comments or queries here. Enjoy!

CIO Perspective: SMAC – Session Video

I conducted a session on Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud (SMAC) in the CIO CROWN 2015 conference yesterday. Results of an informal CIO survey were presented along with key best practices in analytics space. Of course, lots of demos were shown as well.

You can download this 35 min video from here. (86 MB, Zip file)
Due to a problem with the mic, the audio quality is poor. Sorry about that.

SMAC Video:

Session on SMAC

View it in full screen mode. For detailed read Data Analytics: Knowledge Pack

Camtasia: Application specific mouse button mapping shortcut

While removing breathing sounds, I needed to double click hundreds of times on the timeline. That is cumbersome. So I used a spare button on the mouse to map it as a double click button in a single click – saving my joints from lot of damage! Read on how it was done. This article is only for frequent users of Camtasia.

The Learning for EVERYONE is that in some cases, for specific application, you can make special use of mouse by customizing its button actions.

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