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Excel Dashboards and Reports based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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.