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Xcelsius 2008 Dashboard Best Practices
     

Xcelsius 2008 Dashboard Best Practices

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by Loren Abdulezer
 

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THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS

Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the

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THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS

Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the newest version of this breakthrough product.

 

Loren Abdulezer, editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal, shares insider’s knowledge that goes far beyond any other book or online help resource. Abdulezer introduces Xcelsius 2008, reviews its core concepts, and demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create. After you know what’s possible, you’ll go deep inside Xcelsius, gaining hands-on experience with every feature you need to master. You’ll learn how to quickly represent any data with charting components; use dials, gauges, and speedometers; incorporate multiple layers in your dashboards and visualizations; use Xcelsius to perform more useful analyses and manage more interactively; work with maps, demographics, and segmented data; create “smart data” and alerts; and much more.

 

Abdulezer offers tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll learn how to work with data that isn’t rock-solid--and even how to create your own custom components that go beyond Xcelsius’s built-in features. Whether you’re a business intelligence or database professional, power user, developer, or consultant, this book will help you create superior Xcelsius dashboards--and make better decisions.

 

THE ONLY XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDING BOOK YOU NEED

  • Use Xcelsius 2008 to get better answers, identify emerging trends and opportunities, and manage more effectively
  • Learn hands-on, through step-by-step examples using real business data
  • Discover tips and tricks proven in real-world environments
  • Deliver dashboard content in whatever format works best: as HTML pages, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or Word documents
  • Fully leverage the information in your Excel spreadsheets--and go beyond Excel to use XML source data, too
  • Implement Xcelsius best practices drawn from the hard-won knowledge of the entire global user community

 

ON THE WEB

  • Registered owners of the book can find all this and more online:
  • All sample files used in the book
  • Additional guides and tutorials to help you build dashboards
  • Templates and example files for new dashboard interfaces

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780768685787
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
12/22/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
488
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

Loren Abdulezer is CEO and president of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a New York-based technology consulting firm that specializes in visual data analysis. He has a long-standing record in the Xcelsius community and has been a staunch proponent of the technology since its early days.

 

Loren is the editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal (www.XcelsiusJournal.com), an online magazine dedicated to users in the Xcelsius user community. Loren also started the website Xcelsius Best Practices (www.XcelsiusBestPractices.com). Loren is the author of Excel Best Practices for Business and Escape from Excel Hell. He served as the technical editor of Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. He can be reached at dashboards@evolvingtech.com.

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Xcelsius 2008 Dashboard Best Practices (Business Objects Press Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
SamuelBP More than 1 year ago
I've worked with Excel for many years and my consultant practice is now being transformed by the need for dashboards; taking those cumbersome spreadsheets and making them interactive and visual. This is not an easy task and I've had to sub-contract a lot (not great for cash flow). Having made some headway in learning the Xcelsius product I have some knowledge under my belt, but I was really eager to get this book and I have not been disappointed.

Some examples might be intimidating at first, but when I work through the examples I suddenly see my revenue flow exploding. I think this is my own personal stimulus package! There are really clever solutions that go beyond the expected.One aspect I especially appreciate is the realistic approach, that is, the acknowledgment of 'dirty data', that is data that mucks up both a spreadsheet and a dashboard because of human inconsistencies, and what to do about it. How refreshing and how practical! I also got into how to handle data that changes on a recurring basis and how to tweak Xcelsius to layer panels and tabs to make them do whatever you want.Xcelsius right out of the box left me frustrated at times, but I've already found solutions in this book that I never would have figured out on my own.

Another thing I like is that this author really knows his stuff and does not talk down to the 'dashboard' uninitiated. This area is a challenge and I'm happy a book was finally published that really helps me out.
JimS More than 1 year ago
I am new to the topic of Dashboard design and found this book quite valuable. The examples presented were quite appropriate and easy to follow. I downloaded a trial version of the Xcelsius software and followed the guidelines regarding service packs. All of the sample files worked -so I'm a little perplexed by the Anonymous reviewer's comments.

As I continue to expand my skill set, I am happy to have this resource.
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The book is not for beginners -- if you don't already know Xcelsius -- don't bother with this book. If you do know Xcelsuis, be prepared to spend hours trying to figure out the examples -- the authour does not give clear and detailed explanations of his examples -- leaves too much unexplained for the reader. I also found that the examples don't all work. A very frustrating experience. The author obviously knows the product extremenly well but completely unable to teach others!

If you are an Excel guru, have the time to spend hours trying to figure out the exmples and know Xcelsius already, then this might be a book for you.