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Dashboards for Excel

By Jordan Goldmeier , Purnachandra Duggirala

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Dashboards for Excel is your key to creating informative, vibrant and and interactive dashboards using a hands-on approach based on real-world experience.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-4944-3
  • User Level: Intermediate
  • Publishing November 25, 2015, but available now as part of the
    Alpha Program
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

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Dashboards for Excel is your key to creating informative, actionable, and interactive dashboards that will have your managers singing your praises. The book takes a hands-on approach to developing dashboards, from instructing users on advanced Excel techniques to addressing dashboard pitfalls common in the real world. Throughout the book, the reader is challenged to think about Excel and data analytics differently—that is, to think outside the cell. This book will show you how to create dashboards in Excel quickly and effectively. Don’t wait—get started today.

  • Covers advanced Excel techniques mixing formulas and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create interactive dashboards
  • Shows how dynamic charts and tables can be used to create dashboards that are constantly up-to-date and providing fresh information.
  • Demonstrates how to display important data summaries, analytics, and visualization all in the same Excel window!
  • Builds on a firm foundation of industry best practices and the author’s hard won real-world experience

What you’ll learn

  • Learn the visualization tools, charts, tables, and graphs important to management.
  • Understand what management doesn’t want to see in a report
  • Turn around dashboards faster and cheaper than ever before
  • Understand the key role dashboards play in an organization
  • Analyze real-world dashboards to apply important features to your own organization
  • Utilize understated, but powerful, Excel formulas and VBA code
  • Avoid common pitfalls in Excel development and dashboard creation

Who this book is for

This book is for many people. It’s for the developer who isn’t satisfied by accepting Excel’s so-called limitations, who feels that with some creativity, spreadsheets can become a powerful and informative decision engine. It’s for the Excel user who has spent hours—even outside of work—experimenting with Excel formulas and macros in an attempt to find a better, more efficient way to complete a task. It’s for the user who believes in the power of the spreadsheet.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: All about Dashboards

1. Introduction to dashboard development

2. A Critical View of Information Visualization

3. The Principles of Visualization

4. Advanced Visualization

Part II: Excel Dashboard Design Basics

5. Getting Started: Thinking Outside the Cell

6. Visual Basic for Applications for Excel, a Refresher

7. Avoiding pitfalls in Excel development

Part III: Formulas, Controls, and Charts

8. The Components of a Dashboard

9. Introducing Formula Concepts

10. Applying Formula Concepts

11. Metrics: Context and Performance

12. Introduction to Controls

13. Project Management/Gantt Chart Dashboard

14. Project Management II: Adding Decision Support

15. Introduction to Dynamic Charts

16. Chart Minis

Part IV: From user interface to presentation

17. Getting Input from Users

18. Storage Patterns for User Input

19. Building for Sensitivity Analysis

20. Perfecting the Presentation

Part V: Advanced Dashboards with Databases

21. Introduction to Microsoft Business Intelligence

22. Data Model Capabilities of Excel 2013

23. Advanced Modeling with Slicers, Filters, and PivotTables

24. Power Query and other useful tools


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