Bridge the big data gap with Microsoft BusinessIntelligence Tools for Excel Analysts The distinction between departmental reporting done by businessanalysts with Excel and the enterprise reporting done by ITdepartments with SQL Server and SharePoint tools is more blurry nowthan ever before. With the introduction of robust new features likePowerPivot and Power View, it is essential for business analysts toget up to speed with big data tools that in the past have beenreserved for IT professionals. Written by a team of BusinessIntelligence experts, Microsoft Business Intelligence Tools forExcel Analysts introduces business analysts to the rich toolsetand reporting capabilities that can be leveraged to moreeffectively source and incorporate large datasets in theiranalytics while saving them time and simplifying the reportingprocess. Walks you step-by-step through important BI tools likePowerPivot, SQL Server, and SharePoint and shows you how to movedata back and forth between these tools and Excel Shows you how to leverage relational databases, slice data intovarious views to gain different visibility perspectives, createeye-catching visualizations and dashboards, automate SQL Serverdata retrieval and integration, and publish dashboards and reportsto the web Details how you can use SQL Server’s built-in functionsto analyze large amounts of data, Excel pivot tables to access andreport OLAP data, and PowerPivot to create powerful reportingmechanisms You’ll get on top of the Microsoft BI stack and all it cando to enhance Excel data analysis with this one-of-a-kind guidewritten for Excel analysts just like you.
Learn to create an effective business strategy using Microsoft's BI stack Microsoft Business Intelligence tools are among the most widely used applications for gathering, providing access to, and analyzing data to enable the enterprise to make sound business decisions. The tools include SharePoint Server, the Office Suite, PerformancePoint Server, and SQL Server, among others. With so much jargon and so many technologies involved, Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies provides a much-needed step-by-step explanation of what's involved and how to use this powerful package to improve your business. Microsoft Business Intelligence encompasses a broad collection of tools designed to help business owners and managers direct the enterprise effectively This guide provides an overview of SharePoint, PerformancePoint, the SQL Server suite, Microsoft Office, and the BI development technologies Explains how the various technologies work together to solve functional problems Translates the buzzwords and shows you how to create your business strategy Examines related technologies including data warehousing, data marts, Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), data mining, reporting, dashboards, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Simplifies this complex package to get you up and running quickly Microsoft Business Intelligence For Dummies demystifies these essential tools for enterprise managers, business analysts, and others who need to get up to speed.
Dive into the business intelligence features in SharePoint 2013—and use the right combination of tools to deliver compelling solutions. Take control of business intelligence (BI) with the tools offered by SharePoint 2013 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Led by a group of BI and SharePoint experts, you’ll get step-by-step instructions for understanding how to use these technologies best in specific BI scenarios—whether you’re a SharePoint administrator, SQL Server developer, or business analyst. Discover how to: Manage the entire BI lifecycle, from determining key performance indicators to building dashboards Use web-based Microsoft Excel services and publish workbooks on a SharePoint Server Mash up data from multiple sources and create Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) using PowerPivot Create data-driven diagrams that provide interactive processes and context with Microsoft Visio Services Use dashboards, scorecards, reports, and key performance indicators to monitor and analyze your business Use SharePoint to view BI reports side by side, no matter which tools were used to produced them
PowerPivot comprises a set of technologies for easy access to data mining and business intelligence analysis from Microsoft Excel and SharePoint. Power users and developers alike can create sophisticated, online analytic processing (OLAP) solutions using PowerPivot for Excel, and then share those solutions with other users via PowerPivot for SharePoint. Data can be pulled in from any of the leading database platforms, as well as from spreadsheets and flat files. PowerPivot for Business Intelligence Using Excel and SharePoint is your key to mastering PowerPivot. The book takes a scenario-based approach to showing you how to collect data, to mine that data through insightful analysis, and to draw conclusions that drive business performance. Each chapter in the book is focused on a specific challenge that you’ll encounter when using PowerPivot. Each chapter takes you through a solution technique that’s been proven in the real world. Covers the leading technology for bringing data analytics to the desktop Presents real-world solutions to real-world scenarios Written by a Microsoft Virtual Technical Specialist (VTS) for business intelligence What you’ll learn Install and verify the PowerPivot software Integrated existing, available data to deliver business intelligence Leverage Time Intelligence to report change over time Write Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) to create custom measures Identify and implement solutions for role-playing dimensions Recognize and work-around PowerPivot’s missing features Who this book is for PowerPivot Solutions for Excel and SharePoint is aimed at information workers and data analysts who typically use Excel to drive business decisions. The book shows how you can apply PowerPivot to problems typically addressed through complicated and arcane spreadsheet techniques. Business people without the time and interest in learning Excel arcane will especially appreciate how PowerPivot enables them to easily create models and perform analysis far in advance of anything they could do using Excel alone. Table of Contents Getting Started with PowerPivot for Excel Hello World, PowerPivot Style Combining Data Sources Data Analysis Expressions A Method to the Madness Installing PowerPivot for SharePoint Collaboration, Version Control, and Management PowerPivot As a Data Source PowerPivot and SQL Server Reporting Services PowerPivot and Predictive Analytics Tips, Tricks, and Traps
Microsoft Excel is the world's most used business intelligence tool. Its knowledge is even compulsory for an MBA degree and the investment world depends greatly on it. This book is aimed at making you extremely good in using Microsoft Excel for business data analysis; teaching you with companion videos and practice files. It's intended for Sales Managers, Financial Analysts, Business Analysts, Data Analysts, MIS Analysts, HR Executives and frequent Excel users. It is written by Michael Olafusi a three time Microsoft Excel MVP (most valuable professional) and a full-time Microsoft Excel consultant. He is the founder of UrBizEdge, a business data analysis and Microsoft Excel consulting firm. He has trained hundreds of business professionals on Microsoft Excel and has used the experience gained from interacting with them both during such trainings and while consulting for companies to write this excellent guide for the busy professional who needs the improved work productivity Microsoft Excel provides.
SAS Business Intelligence for the Health Care Industry: Practical Applications teaches health care executives, managers, providers, and business analysts how to use SAS Business Intelligence (BI) tools to convert data into knowledge and value at all levels in the health care industry. This book demonstrates how SAS BI solutions can be applied to the health care industry and offers detailed explanations of code and tasks in an approachable case study format. All applications are created with sample data that has the richness and complexity of operational health care data. With its level of depth and perfect blend of technology and business contexts, this book provides health care analysts, researchers, and statisticians with information and examples that can be used effectively and immediately. It is an indispensable aid to the health care professional in keeping up with a fast-changing industry.
This book and video package introduces IT professionals, DBAs, and business analysts who are just starting to get a handle on Microsoft Business Intelligence tools, (It is therefore intended to be the first book to read---and the first video to watch--before moving on to Wrox books that focus on each of the individual Microsoft BI components.) The book and accompanying video give the novice reader just enough experience with the product to perform basic business analysis and reporting. The book covers all components and related tools that comprise the Microsoft BI toolset. These include SQL Server Integration, Reporting, and Analysis Services, data mining, plus the new BI features of Office 2010. Background theory is given as needed to provide context for those readers with no prior BI knowledge or experience. The book starts with a basic primer on business intelligence and data modeling. The following sections provide step-by-step lessons that show readers how to use: SQL Server Integration Services SQL Server Analysis Services SQL Server Reporting Services Excel BI, including PowerPivot SharePoint The book tightly integrates instructional videos--provided on the book's accompanying DVD--with each of the hands-on lessons found in the book. Each lesson comprises three major components: An Introduction that describes how a certain component or process works. A "Try It Out" section that gives readers the chance to practice what they've learned A Video showing how the author works through each lesson
Your guide to quickly turn data into results. Transform your skills, data, and business—and create your own BI solutions using software you already know and love: Microsoft Excel. Two business intelligence (BI) experts take you inside PowerPivot functionality for Excel 2013, with a focus on real world scenarios, problem-solving, and data modeling. You'll learn how to quickly turn mass quantities of data into meaningful information and on-the-job results—no programming required! Understand the differences between PowerPivot for Self Service BI and SQL Server Analysis Services for Corporate BI Extend your existing data-analysis skills to create your own BI solutions Quickly manipulate large data sets, often in millions of rows Perform simple-to-sophisticated calculations and what-if analysis Create complex reporting systems with data modeling and Data Analysis Expressions Share your results effortlessly across your organization using Microsoft SharePoint Authors’ note on using Microsoft Excel 2016: This book’s content was written against Excel 2013, but it is useful and valid for users of Excel 2016 too. Excel 2016 introduces several new DAX functions and an improved editor for DAX without changing any existing behavior. In other words, all of the concepts and examples explained in this book continue to work with Excel 2016.
The Only Book That’s Completely Focused on Maximizing the Business Value of SharePoint 2010 Solutions Essential SharePoint® 2010 approaches Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 from a strict business value perspective, explaining exactly how to plan and implement SharePoint solutions to achieve superior business results. The authors are leading enterprise SharePoint consultants and draw on their unsurpassed experience to focus on the SharePoint features that offer the most real-world value. You’ll find practical advice about how to succeed with knowledge management, business intelligence, and process improvement, and how to derive value from new innovations such as social tagging and mashups. The book includes comprehensive, “in the trenches” guidance on planning, architecture, governance, training, and other key issues most SharePoint books ignore. The authors identify success factors, intangibles, and “gotchas,” helping you systematically reduce project risk and time-to-value ratio. Learn how to Customize your best portal or collaboration strategy Sustain a portal for continual, measurable value Leverage the new community and social features in SharePoint 2010 Succeed with enterprise content management Streamline business processes with Workflow and Forms Choose the right roles for Web collaboration, search, and Microsoft Office Plan for secure external collaboration Migrate smoothly from SharePoint 2007 Train and communicate for a successful launch Whether you’re a business leader, IT manager, architect, analyst, developer, or consultant, this book will help you tightly align SharePoint projects with business strategy to deliver outstanding results.