Pivot tables was one of the great functions ever put into Excel. Its drag and drop function make it so easy to use that minimum or no training is required. A demo is what it takes to use the pivot table. That is for the user. Training is however required to set up the pivot table and to learn about the options to make it easier for the user to manipulate the pivot table.
Another key feature about the pivot table is the ability to filter the records conveniently. For example, users can filter the sales data to look at the records for a particular month at the click of a button.
The info can be presented in multiple levels. For eg., U can present the details in product group, followed by product name, then product dimension.
Like Crystal reports, Pivot table can also retrieve data from desktop databases (e.g. Access, DBase IV) and database servers (sql servers, mysql servers). While pivot tables’ capability is not as powerful as reporting tools such as Crystal reports, impromptu, business objects, it is able to meet the needs of most users at no cost to the user since Excel is a basic office productivity tool …… more details