I am happy to announce that my first detailed training course is now up and running at Udemy. It is about Power BI. But it starts with what you already know – Pivot Tables. That is why the course is called Pivot Table to Power BI.
I received a query from a customer about dynamic data labels for charts. Instead of replying directly, I thought of writing this article. This will help all of you in refining your charts. The idea is to create a chart which explains the fluctuations using text based explanations. The best part is, the explanation can be a part of the data itself.
Watch the two minute video and read details below. This works with Excel 2013 onwards. I have also included the solution for older versions, which is not as elegant, but it works.
Power BI is powerful, as the name suggests. But it is also confusing. Exactly what what does Power BI mean? There is no simple, single line answer. Let me try. It is a set of new tools to analyze old data in new ways. Today the simplest way to get started it to sign up for a free Power BI subscription and use Power BI Desktop tool to create your reports and dashboards. I have already written an introductory article and published a walkthrough video.
I feel this is one tool which can transform the way we work on data and analyze it. The primary reason is that it is independent of Excel. So all the bad habits which we have developed in Excel over decades simply disappear! I am planning to create a course on Udemy for Power BI Desktop. I would like your inputs on the content and any additional ideas or wish list. Read on to have a look and post your comments. You can also send a mail to me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is another short but power packed video which explains how analytics can drive growth. Read the related articles here.
Here is an animated globe showing the new year dawning across time zones. Created using Power Map. You can also create it using Excel 2013 onwards. In the next article, I will illustrate how it was done. Enjoy.
Now that we know about Excel Recommended Charts, let us explore it in-depth. This is an implementation of artificial intelligence or machine learning at your fingertips. Don’t underestimate it… exploit it.
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There are two types of charts. First type is a chart which you create to interpret data more effectively. The second type is more common. These charts are blindly created billions of times everyday – why? Because boss wants it that way!
In this article, I am going to attempt to change the mindset of all users of Charts. Please spend 5 minutes of your time reading this article and trying out a new thought process. I am confident that it will add value to your life.