Power Pivot is an Excel add-in that was first introduced in Excel 2010 by Microsoft. It allows you to harness the power of Business Intelligence right in Excel.
So what is Power Pivot?
Power Pivot gives you the power to work with large sets of data. In a nutshell, it allows you to use multiple data sources. Then you could import, merge and perform analysis on the resulting data. The beautiful thing with Power Pivot is it allows you to work on Big Data with no limitations.
Imagine getting data from multiple sources like SQL Server, Oracle, XML, Excel, Microsoft Access then build a Data Model from it. Then you can analyze these all into one awesome Pivot Table!
So how do I get my hands on this super awesome add-in…I hear you say?
The good thing with Power Pivot is it already comes with your Excel 2016, we need to enable it to start using Power Pivot.
You just need to make sure you have one of these versions:
Power Pivot is NOT AVAILABLE in Office 2016 for the following products:
Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Business Essentials, Office 365 Business, Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise E1
STEP 1: Go to File > Options
STEP 2: Go to Add-Ins, for the Manage dropdown select COM Add-ins. Click Go once set.
STEP 3: Check Microsoft Power Pivot for Excel. Click OK once done.
STEP 4: You should now have the Power Pivot Tab. Click Manage to see the Power Pivot Window.
Power Pivot Window (click on the image to expand):