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, Make the most of your data using the power of Excel When you think of data, do you think of endless rows and columns in spreadsheets? Excel Dashboards and Reports For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to make the most of your data'and puts an end to mind-numbing spreadsheets by exploring new ways to conceptualize and present key information. There's often a gap between handling data and synthesizing it into meaningful reports, and this approachable text bridges this gap with quick and accessible information that answers key questions, like how to meaningfully capture data trends, how to show relationships in data, and when it's better to show variances than actual data values. As a leading spreadsheet application, Microsoft Excel is the go-to data software. This tool allows you to use dashboard reports that leverage gauges, maps, charts, sliders, and other visual elements to present complex data in a manner that's easy to understand. Using Excel dashboards effectively can improve your professional capabilities by leaps and bounds. Analyze and report on large amounts of data in a meaningful way Look at data from different perspectives, and better visualize the information you're presenting by quickly slicing data on the fly Automate redundant reporting and analysis functions, making your data analysis and reporting routine more efficient Create visualizations, dashboards, and what-if analyses that are as visually appealing as they are substantial Excel Dashboards and Reports For Dummies, 3rd Edition is a fantastic resource if you're looking to spice up your reporting!
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