Excel Dashboards and Reports

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John Wiley & Sons, May 28, 2013 - Computers - 412 pages

Learn to use Excel dashboards and reports to better conceptualize data

Updated for all the latest features and capabilities of Excel 2013, this go-to resource provides you with in-depth coverage of the individual functions and tools that can be used to create compelling Excel reports. Veteran author Michael Alexander walks you through the most effective ways to present and report data. Featuring a comprehensive review of a wide array of technical and analytical concepts, this essential guide helps you go from reporting data with simple tables full of dull numbers to presenting key information through the use of high-impact, meaningful reports and dashboards that will wow management both visually and substantively.

  • Details how to analyze large amounts of data and report the results in a way that is both visually attractive and effective
  • Describes how to use different perspectives to achieve better visibility into data, as well as how to slice data into various views on the fly
  • Shows how to automate redundant reporting and analysis processes
  • Walks you through creating impressive dashboards, eye-catching visualizations, and real-world What-If analyses

Excel Dashboards and Reports, Second Edition is part technical manual, part analytical guidebook, and exactly what you need to become your organization's dashboard dynamo!

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introducing Charts into Your Dashboards
5
Advanced Dashboarding Concepts
6
Introducing Dashboards 11
9
x
21
Table Design Best Practices
29
Enhancing Reporting with Custom Number Formatting
36
Using Excel Sparklines
47
Components That Show Performance Against a Target
209
Developing Your Data Model
225
Advanced Dashboarding Concepts
228
Adding Interactive Controls to Your Dashboard
247
MacroCharged Reporting
265
Using Pivot Tables
281
Pivot Table Driven Dashboards
282
Using Pivot Charts
311

Chartless Visualization Techniques
61
Excel Charting for the Uninitiated
89
Introducing Charts into Your Dashboards
90
Working with Chart Series
107
Formatting and Customizing Charts
131
Components That Show Trending
171
Components That Group Data
193
Adding Interactivity with Slicers
329
Using the Internal Data Model and Power View
343
Integrating External Data into Excel Reporting
365
Working with the Outside World
366
Sharing Your Work with the Outside World
381
Index
399
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About the author (2013)

Michael Alexander is a Microsoft MVP who has written several books on advanced business analysis with Access and Excel, including 101 Ready-To-Use Excel Macros and the Access 2013 Bible. A consultant and developer, he offers workshops and webinars through www.datapigtechnologies.com.

John Walkenbach, aka Mr. Spreadsheet, has written hundreds of articles and over 50 books, including multiple editions of the bestselling Excel Bible. He also created the award-winning Power Utility Pak.

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