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Next Generation Excel: Modeling In Excel For Analysts And MBAs (For MS Windows And Mac OS) Hardcover – March 4, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118469101 ISBN-10: 1118469100 Edition: 2nd
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Most Excel users never realize just how powerful the program really is. Featuring more than 400 functions, Excel is packed with an array of complex data mining, analytical, statistical, and graphical representation tools and other powerful features of inestimable value to business professionals. But learning how to exploit those features with confidence can be tricky, even overwhelming, for the casual user.

Enter Next Generation Excel, Second Edition.

Growing out of Dr. Gottlieb's many years of teaching university classes, as well as his extremely popular corporate workshops, Next Generation Excel, Second Edition is based upon his well-founded conviction that, when it comes to teaching people how to use and get the most out of complex software, "show, don't tell" is the golden rule.

Staying true to that philosophy, he eschews the lengthy, often perplexing, verbal explanations typical of such guides in favor of bite-sized descriptive passages, liberally supplemented with Excel-in-action screenshots, skill-building exercises, and review questions. Also, for ease of reference, each subject-specific chapter is self-contained, affording you the option of focusing on only those features of immediate interest to you.

Demystifying the obscure and simplifying the complex, Dr. Gottlieb walks you, step by step, through all of Excel 2010's advanced business and finance functions (with explanations for users of Excel 2007, 2003, and previous versions, as needed), including:

  • Financial tools, including NVP and IRR
  • Data mining using Pivot Tables
  • Charting, sparklines, and other advanced charting options
  • Data analysis tools
  • What-if analysis
  • Statistics for non-statisticians
  • Accounting functions, including amortization tables and depreciation functions

Not just another general how-to Excel guide, this fully updated and expanded Second Edition of Isaac Gottlieb's internationally acclaimed Next Generation Excel shows you how to harness the full power of Excel to help you to perform an array of advanced business decision making, financial, and accounting functions. You'll learn how to quickly create models that deliver accurate, relevant information to boost efficiency, improve your forecasting ability, and perform an array of other crucial business and reporting functions.

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Advance Praise for Next Generation Excel, Second Edition

"As an avid user of Excel, I rely on Isaac's 'Excel Tip Of The Month' newsletter, which reflects his teaching methods and ability to clearly present ideas and topics. In his newest book, Isaac showcases how the reader can engage with Excel to the 'next level of usability.' This edition helps intermediate users to quickly acquire 'pro Excel' skills, while enabling advanced users to grasp concepts in a single pass-through. Isaac takes day-to-day Excel challenges and provides the reader with elegant ease of use solutions. With this newest edition, Isaac propels practical information even further."
—Moshe Castiel, Vice President, Data Management and Analytics, JPMorgan Chase

"If you thought MS Excel was nothing more than an overpriced calculator with a pretty chart wizard thrown in, then hold your hat and get ready for some fun. Next Generation Excel will revolutionize how you do your work and make you a better manager, at any career level."
—John Tintera, VP, Sales & Publicity, Osprey Group

"A detailed understanding of Excel is critical to the performance of nearly all financial analysts today. Dr. Gottlieb's book not only describes the most important Excel functions, but also dramatically increases the productivity of Excel users. My favorite parts of the book include the sections on Solver, Pivot Tables, and Sensitivity Analysis. Each of these areas is critical to the work done by advanced financial analysts. Companies are expecting more from their MBA hires today, and this book can give recent graduates a leg up on the competition."
—John M. Longo, PhD, CFA, Clinical AssociateProfessor of Finance and Economics, Rutgers Business School; Chief Investment Officer, The MDE Group, Inc.

"Isaac Gottlieb is an Excel master and a teacher par excellence. The second edition of Next Generation Excel improves on an already excellent first edition. New materials like multi regression simplified and the new Excel 2010 features make this an invaluable resource for the Excel user. Mac users (a growing group) will like the chapter appendices dedicated to making their lives easier."
— Simon Benninga, Professor, Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (March 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118469100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118469101
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr. Isaac Gottlieb earned his PhD in Management Engineering from Columbia University. He is a clinical professor at the Fox Business School of Temple University and has over 15 years of industrial experience.

Nominated a Microsoft Most valuable Professional (MVP) for 2014.

Dr. Gottlieb has taught Excel over the last 15 years to over 30,000 MBA, executive MBA, MS, PhD and undergraduate students at Columbia, NYU, Temple, and other universities. He has conducted numerous corporate seminars in the United States and abroad.

As a result of years of teaching, Dr. Gottlieb has found that step-by-step and hands-on approaches are the most effective learning tools. The first edition of his book was written to appeal to practitioners, students, and instructors.

In the second edition Dr. Gottlieb added chapters for recently developed features. His book is written with Excel 2010 in mind. Every chapter has an appendix for Excel 2007, 2003, and MAC Excel 2011.

Next Generation Excel has hundreds of screen shot graphic illustrations. Every chapter has review questions at the end (with the answers!). Applying one's knowledge to various problems ensures that the reader truly understands the topics covered in each chapter of Next Generation Excel.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 10, 2013
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Great way to get up to speed quickly
Every chapter comes with spread sheets for quickly duplicating everything in the book
Lots of good review questions at the end of the book
Teaches and reinforces efficient ways of solving practical business problems

Incredible amount of typos for a second edition
Kindle version doesn't include an index with page numbers - so its useless

This is the second version of Gottieb's very popular book teaching excel to business and finance professionals. I spent about a week 4-5 hours a day working through this book in conjunction with the downloadable excel files going through it chapter by chapter. It was time well spent and my excel skills improved dramatically.

I found the reviews of the first version of this book to be right on. The author does do a great job of painlessly teaching the information. True power users will likely learn something new but may find some of the information to be too basic.

The biggest problem with the old version is still here. Surprisingly, this updated edition is still filled with lots of typos, errors in spreadsheets and a few incorrect answers which seems to get worse towards the end of the book.

For example, figure 29.7 contains formulas that omit the last row. The screen shot in excel even points this out and includes the warning indicator that the formula is missing adjacent cells - i.e., the missing row. Chapter 29 question #6 option #3 asks the reader to calculate the IRR for a situation with an initial investment of 300,000 to gain 450,000 at the end of year 3. My excel spreadsheet and an online calculator indicates the correct answer to be 14.47% but the book says 7.46%.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vik on December 8, 2013
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Gave this to new grads in my office who started working right out of college. The reason I picked this is because the content was basic and did not require any prior knowledge of excel. By the end of going through this book, the person got the hang of excel which was the whole purpose of the exercise.

If you already work with excel, then this book is probably not for you. I will suggest it for beginners. (I work with excel on a daily basis constructing complicated financial models, so my definition of basic might be a bit high, but you can judge the level of this book by using the free previews). Intermediate and advanced users can probably still pick up a few new tricks from this book.
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This book is easy to read and follow. The book has hundreds of screen shots. You can read, view the pictures and apply it immediately on the Excel files provided by the author. Every chapter is a topic by itself and you can study it on its own.
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As an MBA graduate in a tuff job market, any little advantage helps. Knowing excel is a huge advantage and this book helped me become more comfortable and more efficient with the program. Besides some typos, the book was everything I hoped it would be.
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