This is my dream. Go ahead and think that I am crazy, or whatever else you want to believe about me. I just had to write this article because ever since I was recently introduced to Power BI, I have not been able to get these thoughts out of my head. Every time I hear Ann Wilson sing this line, I can’t help but think of Microsoft (go ahead and click the link and listen for a minute to get the full effect of what I am saying):
Yes, there are two paths you can go by
But in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on
And it makes me wonder
Your head is humming and it won’t go
In case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him
If anyone wants to know why I feel like this, feel free to ask me or just read this blog. I’m not going to try to justify my dream because the visions I have for this dream belong only to me and I truly believe in them.
How Microsoft Can Change The World
Here are the 10 steps Microsoft needs to execute to achieve a world changing concept by creating the most powerful data comprehension software ever created.
They could easily do this if they wanted to, but sadly there is essentially no chance of it happening because too many egos would get in the way.
If I were in charge at Microsoft, I would make sure that it would happen and the world would be a better place because of it.
I don’t know how much it would cost to do, but it would be a tiny fraction of its true value. If Instagram is now worth 50 billion dollars, the value of this software system would be incalculable.
- Microsoft needs to buy Alteryx. They need to buy the software and the people.
- They need to scrap all their ancillary tools of power query, M, DAX and whatever else they have in development for Power BI from a programming point of view.
- They need to replace the scrapped tools with the Alteryx engine.
- They need to continue their work on incorporating true GIS capabilities.
- They need to link the Alteryx engine to the best visual platform they can obtain, whether it be D3, highcharts, or some other high-quality visual platform.
- They need to expand the Alteryx tool set to offer more Revolution R capabilities since they already own that platform.
- They need to hire the following people (initials only and in no particular order or importance): MB, HW, JD, JM, JD, MM, KB, AW, DB, AM, KM, FA, BB, AA, SW, RS, CL, CB, TB, KH, RR, PR and a few others to fill critical roles. These people need to be put into a think tank and left alone to innovate. A few key Microsoft developers and some software architects that specialize in visual design probably need to be thrown into the tank, too.
- They need to pay these people at a level that will keep all of them focused for 2 to 3 years on developing the best data comprehension software ever created.
- When it is finished, they need to sell this product like they do Power BI, for a small amount of money per year. They could even double the price to $250 and it would still be a huge bargain.
- They need to give it away to all students world-wide so that they can learn it from an early age and they need to teach the teachers how to teach it (say that fast three times).
If this plan were put into motion, we would have a new paradigm for achieving better data comprehension by 2020. This system could be used by the SpaceX engineers to get us to Mars.The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will have then achieved something that they never considered doing: building the best software platform possible that could be used to solve a large number of our world-wide problems.
This plan would be revolutionary. It would be transformative. It would be awesome. The problem is, Microsoft doesn’t have the vision or the courage to be this audacious.
I guess that is the great thing about being a dreamer. I can do whatever I want to make things better without having to justify my beliefs. I just know that they are true and in this case, I really don’t care who believes me. Just for the record, this is what Alteryx does for me every day. This is how I feel when I’m working with this tool.