Pito Salas is a Curaçaoan-American Cambridge, Massachusetts-based software developer. While working with Lotus' Advanced Technology Group in 1986, Salas invented the pivot table, a "next-generation" spreadsheet concept that was released by Lotus in 1989, as Lotus Improv.
In their book Pivot Table Data Crunching, authors Bill Jelen and Mike Alexander call Pito Salas the "father of pivot tables" and credit the pivot table concept with allowing an analyst to replace fifteen minutes of complicated data table and database functions with "just seconds" of dragging fields into place.
In 1996, Salas co-founded eRoom Technology, Inc. with Jeffrey Beir and served as the company's CTO until it was acquired by Documentum in 2002. He is a principal architect of the BlogBridge Newsreader software.
- "Story of Improv". Archived from the original on October 22, 2004. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
- Jelen, Bill (2005). The Spreadsheet at 25: 25 Amazing Excel Examples That Evolved from the Invention That Changed the World. Tickling Keys, Inc. ISBN 978-1932802047.
- Jelen, Bill; Alexander, Michael (2010). Pivot Table Data Crunching: Microsoft Excel 2010. Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0-7897-4668-9. Retrieved April 13, 2020.