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So in PowerPivot User Education, we're regularly approached by someone who says something like, "You know what would be great? If there was a place where I could go to see all the PowerPivot videos, get the latest PowerPivot news, find links to all the other PowerPivot social sites, see what TechNet Wiki articles on PowerPivot have been published recently, and find out about PowerPivot books, blogs, Help, and samples... basically a hub or portal of all things PowerPivot. That would be great."
And then we take a deep breath and answer as humbly and quietly as possible, "Have you been to the PowerPivot TechCenter?"
Perhaps the name "PowerPivot for Excel (Business Intelligence)" makes it hard to find. Maybe nobody can find it because it's under BI in lists, and BI isn't where people might expect to find it. Do you have any ideas how to help us increase the TechCenter's visibility? (Please leave a comment or send us feedback.)
I'm not sure the reason why many people haven't found it, but regardless, it's there and it's been there for awhile. We'd love to have you check it out. Our Tech Writer, Michele Hart, runs it.
I'd also like to point out that most of those sections have an RSS feed button on them, so you can set up an RSS subscription to find out about the latest PowerPivot videos, news, downloads, and TechNet Wiki topics!
Please leave a comment or send us any feedback you may have about the TechCenters (to send feedback in a non-public way, you can click the Email Blog Author link on the right).
We also have some other great Analysis Services TechCenters that we'd love to have you visit:
And then you also might find some other interesting sites on the main SQL Server TechCenter: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/default
Ed Price, SQL Server Analysis Services Technical Writer
(Ed's blog: User Ed)
Why don't you make this hub visible also on MSDN (perhaps creating it's own "developer center")? I know this isn't exactly the best place, but many PowerPivot users probably are early adopters, experts and/or macro developers, so they may be already familiarized with MSDN.
Thanks Paul! To be honest, we're regularly trying to figure out where the best place is to put our stuff (even our blogs). It seems like the dev audience is important, but the IW and IT audience is our core audience. We'll look into this idea you mentioned. Thanks again!
Ed Price, Technical Writer
(Ed's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/User_Ed)
Just a side note. I could not read the TechCenter page - the content keeps changing and flipping about. It takes about ten seconds of this before I go look for information elsewhere.
Interesting. I just noticed this. I don't own this page, but I can see if there's something we can do about it. So my guess is what frustrated you was the "Additional Resources" section, right? If you hover your mouse over the section, it stops moving. But if you move your mouse to the left or up (or anywhere off the section) then it starts moving again. So you could click a category to read it, accidentally move your mouse off the section (not knowing that matters) and then have it change on you while you're reading it. Is this what happened? Regardless, that could be frustrating experience.