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    SumProduct vs GetPivotData

    General question regarding the use of Sumproduct as opposed to GetPivotData...

    Any opinions out there on using one approach versus the other in a situation where you're creating a report driven from data brought into excel as a recordset from a database?


    Dump Recordset to a PivotTable's Datasource range with copyfromrecordset
    Refresh PivotTable
    Retrieve data elements for your report with =getpivotdata(...)


    Dump Recordset to a range with copyfromrecordset
    Use Sumproduct against that range to retrieve data elements for your report

    I'm playing with a scenario, and have achieved my report goals with both approaches. Just curious about best practice / preferences out there on which approach to use.

    Or should I expect that I should be able to generate a recordset from my DB that won't require further manipulation in Excel and could be dumped straight to the report body? I know my DB design and SQL skills have a ways to go!

    Thanks for any insights and opinions!


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    Distinguished Lord of VBAX VBAX Grand Master Bob Phillips's Avatar
    Apr 2005
    I haven't timed it, but my feeling would be that GetPivotData would be more efficient and probably more flexible here.
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    As it turned out for me, GetPivotData won out. Since SumProduct always returns a number, and I was dealing with Times, a zero was giving me midnight values where I didn't need them, yet there were instances where midnight was correct, so I still needed to capture those. Wrapping GetPivotData in an IfError to throw off a "", worked well for my reporting needs.

    Thanks as always for the input.

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