Does anyone know how to effectively do pivot tables in Google Docs? Do they work the same was as in Excel?

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In Libre Office or Open Office, they are much the same as Excel. I don't know about Google Docs unless that is built upon Libre/Open Office tools. FWIW, Libre Office much more compatible with MS Office applications than is Open Office. They have expended a huge amount of resources on making the Libre Office tools compatible with MS Office.

Neither of those are SaaS products though, right?

No. Libre and Open Office are installable applications. I am not sure if Libre Office has a web-based version or not. You can find out all about it at www.libreoffice.org.
There is a portable version that will run on your iAnything, Android devices, etc. Find it here: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/portable-versions/

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