From the Back Cover
THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS
Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there's a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the newest version of this breakthrough product.
Loren Abdulezer, editor-in-chief ofXcelsius Journal, shares insider's knowledge that goes far beyond any other book or online help resource. Abdulezer introduces Xcelsius 2008, reviews its core concepts, and demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create. After you know what's possible, you'll go deep inside Xcelsius, gaining hands-on experience with every feature you need to master. You'll learn how to quickly represent any data with charting components; use dials, gauges, and speedometers; incorporate multiple layers in your dashboards and visualizations; use Xcelsius to perform more useful analyses and manage more interactively; work with maps, demographics, and segmented data; create “smart data and alerts; and much more.
Abdulezer offers tips and tricks you won't find anywhere else. You'll learn how to work with data that isn't rock-solid--and even how to create your own custom components that go beyond Xcelsius's built-in features. Whether you're a business intelligence or database professional, power user, developer, or consultant, this book will help you create superior Xcelsius dashboards--and make better decisions.
THE ONLY XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDING BOOK YOU NEED
- Use Xcelsius 2008 to get better answers, identify emerging trends and opportunities, and manage more effectivelyLearn hands-on, through step-by-step examples using real business dataDiscover tips and tricks proven in real-world environmentsDeliver dashboard content in whatever format works best: as HTML pages, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or Word documentsFully leverage the information in your Excel spreadsheets--and go beyond Excel to use XML source data, tooImplement Xcelsius best practices drawn from the hard-won knowledge of the entire global user community
ON THE WEB
- Registered owners of the book can find all this and more online:All sample files used in the bookAdditional guides and tutorials to help you build dashboardsTemplates and example files for new dashboard interfaces
Part I Xcelsius 2008 Fundamentals
1 Motivation for Using Xcelsius 2008 11
2 Showcase of Xcelsius 2008 Dashboards 33
3 Getting Familiar with Xcelsius 2008 43
4 Embedded Spreadsheets: The Secret Sauce of Xcelsius 2008 69
5 Using Charts and Graphs to Represent Data 127
6 Single Value Components: Dials, Gauges, Speedometers, and the Like 157
Part II Xcelsius 2008 Best Practices and Techniques
7 Using Multi-Layer Visibility in Your Dashboards and Visualizations 181
8 Managing Interactivity 203
9 Xcelsius and Statistics 229
10 Financial Analysis 257
11 Maps in Xcelsius 275
12 Smart Data and Alerts 297
13 Working with Less-Than-Optimal Data 315
14 Other Dashboard Techniques and Practices 337
Part III Advanced Features
15 XML and Data Connectivity 353
16 Creating Custom Components for Fun and Profit 371
Part IV Appendices
A Supported Spreadsheet Functions in Xcelsius 2008 401
B Xcelsius Product Family Comparison 415
C Xcelsius Best Practice Techniques and Hip Pocket Tips 425
About the Author
Loren Abdulezer is CEO and president of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a New York-based technology consulting firm that specializes in visual data analysis. He has a long-standing record in the Xcelsius community and has been a staunch proponent of the technology since its early days.
Loren is the editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal (www.XcelsiusJournal.com), an online magazine dedicated to users in the Xcelsius user community. Loren also started the website Xcelsius Best Practices (www.XcelsiusBestPractices.com). Loren is the author of Excel Best Practices for Business and Escape from Excel Hell. He served as the technical editor of Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. He can be reached at email@example.com.