- Full Description
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 differentlythat is, to think outside the cell. This book will show you how to create dashboards in Excel quickly and effectively. Dont waitget 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 authors hard won real-world experience
What youll learn
- Learn the visualization tools, charts, tables, and graphs important to management.
- Understand what management doesnt 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. Its for the developer who isnt satisfied by accepting Excels so-called limitations, who feels that with some creativity, spreadsheets can become a powerful and informative decision engine. Its for the Excel user who has spent hourseven outside of workexperimenting with Excel formulas and macros in an attempt to find a better, more efficient way to complete a task. Its 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 models and Pivot Tables
23. PowerPivot to the rescue!
24. Power Query and other useful tools.
25. Sports Analytics Dashboard
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