Excel Dashboards and Reports

Excel Dashboards and Reports

by Michael Alexander, John Walkenbach

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118490426
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Series: Mr. Spreadsheet's Bookshelf Series , #17
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 825,569
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Alexander is a Microsoft MVP who has writtenseveral books on advanced business analysis with Access and Excel,including 101 Ready-To-Use Excel Macros and the Access2013 Bible. A consultant and developer, he offers workshops andwebinars through www.datapigtechnologies.com.

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

PART I: Getting Started with Excel Dashboards

Chapter 1: Introducing Dashboards  11

Chapter 2: Table Design Best Practices 29

Chapter 3: Using Excel Sparklines 47

Chapter 4: Chartless Visualization Techniques 61

PART II: Introducing Charts into Your Dashboards

Chapter 5: Excel Charting for the Uninitiated 89

Chapter 6: Working with Chart Series 107

Chapter 7: Formatting and Customizing Charts 131

Chapter 8: Components That Show Trending 171

Chapter 9: Components That Group Data 193

Chapter 10: Components That Show Performance Against a Target209

PART III: Advanced Dashboarding Concepts

Chapter 11: Developing Your Data Model 225

Chapter 12: Adding Interactive Controls to Your Dashboard247

Chapter 13: Macro-Charged Reporting 265

PART IV: Pivot Table Driven Dashboards

Chapter 14: Using Pivot Tables 281

Chapter 15: Using Pivot Charts 311

Chapter 16: Adding Interactivity with Slicers 329

Chapter 17: Using the Internal Data Model and Power View 343

PART V: Working with the Outside World

Chapter 18: Integrating External Data into Excel Reporting365

Chapter 19: Sharing Your Work with the Outside World 381

Index 399

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Excel Dashboards and Reports 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DerbyG More than 1 year ago
SAVE YOUR MONEY!! Despite the misleading title, the first 278 pages (68%) of the book deal with very basic things like working with an Excel chart and chart formatting. Really? By the time you get around to DASHBOARDS they offer no practical value beyond such sage advice as "Keep it simple." I suspect its just designed to drive traffic to the author's website because there's little of real value here. Certainly not worth $35 + shipping. You can learn more for free on the Internet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually found and started reading "Dashboards and Reports" through my local eLibrary and liked it so much that I bought it so I could add it to my personal technical eLibrary. This book really opened my eyes to features of Excel that I kind of knew about, but had not fully comprehended the possibilities of previously. At my office I'm one of the "Excel guys" who everybody seeks out when they need help with a spread sheet. Rarely do I find myself wanting help to get Excel to behave, but these guys Really know how to make Excel perform. I was book marking pages right from the first section to start using immediately. I'm not a trained visual designer, so the basics covered in Chapt 2 were extremely helpful and well explained. I've tried reading Toftke (sp?) before, but these guys broke the subject down clearly enough for my mechanical engineering mind to follow. (It's single accounting underlines in headers for me from now on.) Even when the authors were explaining the steps for some basic tasks, they still managed to insert nuggets of knowledge that helped me learn to do basic tasks faster. This book will provide you with enough good, solid, functional knowledge of pivot tables, macros and form controls that you could be one the "Excel people" at your offce, too. (Wait a minute... that might not be good for me... :-) ). I really liked the ideas for how to arrange dashboard components to maximize their communication impact. Basic stuff that other people probably know, but it was never covered in my non-arts directed education. I imagine I could have found all this information somewhere on the internet, but I don't imagine I could have found it in as compact and friendly a form as this (& I thought I was looking pretty dilligently.) Oh, and the example sheets are Pure Gold. Don't miss them. I recomend this highly for any level of Excel user looking to advance their data presentation techniques and to learn the problem solving approach of some really long time Excel users. They cut through tasks and explain the rationale really clearly. These guys really know their stuff and I Thank them So Much for taking the time to write this all down. I'm planning to show varoius sections of this book to so many people at work ASAP so I can spend less time reporting about work and concentrate on doing my engineering again.