- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118388038
- ISBN-13: 978-1118388037
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
Create visualizations that are right for your data
When we speak of visualizing data, we must keep in mind that any representation of data other than simple text is indeed visualization. But not all visualizations are suited to all forms of data.
Bar, column, and line charts; scorecards and key performance indicators; network maps; tables; and custom graphics drawn by an illustrator are all visualization techniques that, when used appropriately, will convey the meaning of data. In this full-color book, you'll discover the different visualization types and, more importantly, learn how to choose and create one based on the data you have.
- Learn to choose an appropriate visualization for your data
- See how visualizations differ from infographics
- Explore Microsoft's visualization tools, including PerformancePoint®, SharePoint®, Excel, Power Pivot, and PowerView
- Find out how to use 3D effectively
- Use HTML5 and related technologies to create your own custom visualizations
- Examine several useful visualization strategies, complete with examples of available tools
Find all the code samples used in the book on the companion website, www.wiley.com/go/visualintelligence, along with screen captures of various visualizations.
About the Author
Mark Stacey founded Pragmatic Works South Africa (a company specializing in data management and presentation) and Aphelion Software (software for visualization). He has developed visualizations for major corporations and the South African government. Joe Salvatore is a Business Intelligence Architect with Pragmatic Works. He has been a database architect, business intelligence developer, and application developer for more than 15 years. Adam Jorgensen is President of Pragmatic Works, Director at Large for the Professional Association of SQL Server, and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. He regularly speaks at industry events.
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This book is great for anyone that is evaluating various Microsoft visualization tools and having a hard time deciding which ones to use in their applications. It is also great review for those that have used most or all of these technologies over the years to make sure you understand them and help to explain the newer ones that you may not know so much about. I have used all of the tools mentioned in this book in various applications over the years, so for me this book provided a great resource for clearing up why certain tools only do things in a very specific way. In the end I think that I will use this book in the future as a reference tool when I go into a client that is not sure what visualizations they want to use to help make the discussions go quicker and be able to provide quick samples of each.
I also want to mention that there are exercises that you can do in just about every section of this book. I did not actually go through these exercises at this time, but I do hope to have the time to go back and do that in the near future. To do all of these exercises you will need quite a bit of software since Microsoft has all of these tools spread across the SQL Server, SharePoint and Office families of products. There are instructions provided or links mentioned in the book for how to get all of this software setup along with where to get the sample data used. There is also a website setup by Wiley for this book that contains more information related to the book.
Overall, I found this book to be a very easy read and provided a great overview of lots of different tools in the Microsoft product list that can be used for visualizing data. The book also throws in some of the history of visualizations too, which I found really fascinating, especially the pictures of some very early ones. If you are thinking about using Microsoft tools for data visualization and unsure which tools to use, this book would be perfect for you since it will give you the details for each tool and what its strengths and weaknesses are. Even if you are a developer that works with these technologies, I'm sure just like me you still can get confused on which tools do which visualizations better than others, so it works as a great quick reference for that as well. And if you are looking for just that type of comparison, Appendix A has all of the features for each tool summarized in tables that makes it very easy to find the right tool for the job.