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Excel Dashboards & Reports for Dummies (Paperback) (Michael Alexander)
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Large corporations like IBM and Oracle are using Excel dashboards and reports as a Business Intelligence tool, and many other smaller businesses are looking to these tools in order to cut costs for budgetary reasons. An effective analyst not only has to have the technical skills to use Excel in a productive manner, but must be able to synthesize data into a story, and then present that story to help make a decision. Microsoft shows its recognition of this need through Excel. In Excel, there is a major focus on business intelligence and visualization. Excel Dashboards and Reports For Dummies, 3rd Edition fills the gap between handling data and synthesizing data into meaningful reports. It offers quick and accessible information to show readers how to think about their data in ways other than columns and rows.
What are the most meaningful ways to show trending? How do you show relationships in data? When is showing variances more valuable than showing actual data values? How do you deal with outliers? How do you bucket data in the most meaningful way? How do you show impossible amounts of data without inundating your audience? In Excel Reports and Dashboards For Dummies,3rd Edition, readers will get answers to all of these questions. Part technical manual, part analytical guidebook, this title will help Excel users go from reporting data with simple tables full of dull numbers to creating hi-impact reports and dashboards. This book offers a comprehensive review of a wide array of technical and analytical concepts that will help users create meaningful reports and dashboards.
After reading this book, the reader will be able to:
* Analyze large amounts of data and report their data in a meaningful way* Get better visibility into data from different perspectives* Quickly slice data into various views on the fly* Automate redundant reporting and analyses* Create eye-catching visualizations* Create impressive dashboards and What-If analyses