Data cubes are a popular topic nowadays: a structure full of rich business data, ready for hands-on manipulation, slicing and examination. What is the path from PI Data Archive to a data cube within Microsoft Excel? This presentation begins by exploring your path to a useful PI Asset Framework. What should an asset model look like? How do you go from tags to assets? Then, using this asset model, the focus turns to integration with Microsoft’s Business Intelligence offerings such as PowerPivot. What do data cubes do? How do we construct a data cube out of PI System data? How does that data cube deliver value to engineers and management?