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Power Pivot Principles: Annual / Monthly Comparisons

20 April 2021

Welcome back to the Power Pivot Principles blog. This week, I will be comparing my Actuals data for different years.

Let us say I received a request from my manager asking for a financial performance report of the company. As an ‘excellent’ analyst, I decided to compare Charts of Accounts for two years to show the relative change in performance monthly.

From previous blogs, you will note I have been running my financial ‘analyses’ for the past few weeks already. Let me quickly pull in my Actuals data by selecting the following fields:

My summary table looks like this:

Wait, this is not right! I cannot use this summary table to compare between two different years. I am running late, so I will simply create a Calendar table, viz.

In the diagram view, I will create a relationship between Actuals and Calendar query:

Now that I am prepared, I will replace the ‘Month’ field with the ‘Date Hierarchy’ in my summary table:

My summary table looks like the following:

All I must do now is expand both the years, viz.

There it is! I can finally begin writing my report. I have my numbers right here to begin with.

That’s it for this week!

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