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    Monkey Tools Add-in

    Monkey Tools is an Excel add-in containing a set of tools to help you build better data models more quickly and using data modelling best practices. They also help you audit what has been done in your data model.

    The philosophy of Monkey Tools is simple: Build better, faster. It is targeted at modelers and analysts who work primarily in Excel, but also push their models into Power BI, as we do here at Excelguru.

    Our aim is to provide you with a good set of tools that help you, as a business intelligence author, to:
    • Build models more rapidly
    • Follow recommended practices
    • Document your work
    • Audit files that you receive

    Monkey Tools Features

    Monkey Tools adds a broad set of new features collected into two general collections: Monkeys and Sleuths. As you'll see below, the Monkeys make things happen, and the Sleuths figure out what has happened. You'll find the tools on a new Monkey Tools ribbon in Excel, and include:

    • QueryMonkey (for inserting useful new queries into your data model)
    • DestinationSleuth (to provide information on query load destinations)
    • QuerySleuth (helping understand your actual queries)
    • TimeSleuth (to benchmark query refresh times)
    • PivotSleuth (helping you diagnose Pivot Table field issues)
    • DAXSleuth (tools especially for working with DAX measures)
    • ModelSleuth (reporting on the properties of your queries and data model)
    • And more!

    A high level view of each of these tools is detailed below.

    DAXSleuth (Also works on Power BI models!)

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    Transform the way you work with data forever! If you need to learn one skill in Excel today, it is how to work with Power Query. Not only will it change the way you "Get & Transform" data in Excel, but it's also the system used to collect data for Power BI Desktop, meaning these skills are transferable to other programs. Let us show you how to master your data in this small group hands-on session!

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    Until now, building BI solutions has been a painful, repetitive process requiring a great deal of manual effort to clean, filter, and format ...
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    Legacy Installers for Power Query and Power BI Desktop
    Let's be honest, one of the incredibly cool things about Power Query and Power BI Desktop is that they are updated monthly. We always get new features and bug fixes, but there is a potential downside ...
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