Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2011 - Computers - 336 pages
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What’s the use of putting out reports that no one reads? Properly created dashboards are graphical representations that put data in a context for your audience, and they look really cool! How cool? You’ll find out when you see the dazzling examples in Excel 2007 Dashboards & Reports For Dummies. And, before long, everyone’s eyes will be riveted to your dashboards and reports too!

This revolutionary guide shows you how to turn Excel into your own personal Business Intelligence tool. You’ll learn the fundamentals of using Excel 2007 to go beyond simple tables to creating dashboard-studded reports that wow management. Get ready to catch dashboard fever as you find out how to use basic analysis techniques, build advanced dashboard components, implement advanced reporting techniques, and import external date into your Excel reports. Discover how to:

  • Unleash the power of Excel as a business intelligence tool
  • Create dashboards that communicate and get noticed
  • Think about your data in a new way
  • Present data more effectively and increase the value of your reports
  • Create dynamic labels that support visualization
  • Represent time and seasonal trending
  • Group and bucket data
  • Display and measure values versus goals
  • Implement macro-charged reporting

Using Excel 2007 as a BI tool is the most cost-efficient way for organizations of any size create powerful and insightful reports and distribute throughout the enterprise. And Excel 2007 Dashboards and Reports for Dummies is the fastest you for you to catch dashboard fever!

 

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A great book with lots of worthwhile suggestions for improving your use of charts, both in the creation and design phase. Lots of little tips that alone are worth the price of the book. Highly recommend. I'll look up a few more Mike Alexander books. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Building Advanced Dashboard Components 151
4
Making the Move to Dashboards
7
Building a Super Model
23
Building Basic Dashboard Components
49
Excel Charts for the Uninitiated
85
The New World of Conditional Formatting
109
The Art of Dynamic Labeling
135
Components That Display Performance against a Target
195
Advanced Reporting Techniques
209
Giving Users an Interactive Interface
227
Working with the Outside World
249
Sharing Your Work with the Outside World
265
The Part of Tens
279
Ten Questions to Ask Before Distributing Your Dashboard
293
Index
299

Building Advanced Dashboard Components 151 Chapter 7 Components That Show Trending
153
Components That Group and Bucket Data
177

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Michael Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) with over 14 years experience consulting and developing office solutions. He is the author/co-author of several books on business analysis using Microsoft Excel and Access. Michael is one of 96 Microsoft Excel MVPs worldwide who has been recognized for his contributions to the Excel community. He is also the principal player behind DataPigTechnologies.com, a site that offers video tutorials to beginning and intermediate Excel and Access users. He currently lives in Frisco, Texas where he works as a Senior Program Manager for a top technology firm. Michael can be contacted at mike@datapigtechnologies.com.

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