Storytelling with Data

A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals

Author: Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119002265

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

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Don't simply show your data—tell a story with it! Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples—ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation. Storytelling is not an inherent skill, especially when it comes to data visualization, and the tools at our disposal don't make it any easier. This book demonstrates how to go beyond conventional tools to reach the root of your data, and how to use your data to create an engaging, informative, compelling story. Specifically, you'll learn how to: Understand the importance of context and audience Determine the appropriate type of graph for your situation Recognize and eliminate the clutter clouding your information Direct your audience's attention to the most important parts of your data Think like a designer and utilize concepts of design in data visualization Leverage the power of storytelling to help your message resonate with your audience Together, the lessons in this book will help you turn your data into high impact visual stories that stick with your audience. Rid your world of ineffective graphs, one exploding 3D pie chart at a time. There is a story in your data—Storytelling with Data will give you the skills and power to tell it!
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The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit

A Practical Guide for an Effective Analytics Capability

Author: Gregory S. Nelson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119425107

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

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An evidence-based organizational framework for exceptional analytics team results The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit provides managers with a practical manual for integrating data management and analytic technologies into their organization. Author Gregory Nelson has encountered hundreds of unique perspectives on analytics optimization from across industries; over the years, successful strategies have proven to share certain practices, skillsets, expertise, and structural traits. In this book, he details the concepts, people and processes that contribute to exemplary results, and shares an organizational framework for analytics team functions and roles. By merging analytic culture with data and technology strategies, this framework creates understanding for analytics leaders and a toolbox for practitioners. Focused on team effectiveness and the design thinking surrounding product creation, the framework is illustrated by real-world case studies to show how effective analytics team leadership works on the ground. Tools and templates include best practices for process improvement, workforce enablement, and leadership support, while guidance includes both conceptual discussion of the analytics life cycle and detailed process descriptions. Readers will be equipped to: Master fundamental concepts and practices of the analytics life cycle Understand the knowledge domains and best practices for each stage Delve into the details of analytical team processes and process optimization Utilize a robust toolkit designed to support analytic team effectiveness The analytics life cycle includes a diverse set of considerations involving the people, processes, culture, data, and technology, and managers needing stellar analytics performance must understand their unique role in the process of winnowing the big picture down to meaningful action. The Analytics Lifecycle Toolkit provides expert perspective and much-needed insight to managers, while providing practitioners with a new set of tools for optimizing results.
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Data Science

Create Teams That Ask the Right Questions and Deliver Real Value

Author: Doug Rose

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484222539

Category: Computers

Page: 251

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Learn how to build a data science team within your organization rather than hiring from the outside. Teach your team to ask the right questions to gain actionable insights into your business. Most organizations still focus on objectives and deliverables. Instead, a data science team is exploratory. They use the scientific method to ask interesting questions and run small experiments. Your team needs to see if the data illuminate their questions. Then, they have to use critical thinking techniques to justify their insights and reasoning. They should pivot their efforts to keep their insights aligned with business value. Finally, your team needs to deliver these insights as a compelling story. Insight!: How to Build Data Science Teams that Deliver Real Business Value shows that the most important thing you can do now is help your team think about data. Management coach Doug Rose walks you through the process of creating and managing effective data science teams. You will learn how to find the right people inside your organization and equip them with the right mindset. The book has three overarching concepts: You should mine your own company for talent. You can’t change your organization by hiring a few data science superheroes. You should form small, agile-like data teams that focus on delivering valuable insights early and often. You can make real changes to your organization by telling compelling data stories. These stories are the best way to communicate your insights about your customers, challenges, and industry. What Your Will Learn: Create data science teams from existing talent in your organization to cost-efficiently extract maximum business value from your organization’s data Understand key data science terms and concepts Follow practical guidance to create and integrate an effective data science team with key roles and the responsibilities for each team member Utilize the data science life cycle (DSLC) to model essential processes and practices for delivering value Use sprints and storytelling to help your team stay on track and adapt to new knowledge Who This Book Is For Data science project managers and team leaders. The secondary readership is data scientists, DBAs, analysts, senior management, HR managers, and performance specialists.
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Visual Data Storytelling with Tableau

Author: Lindy Ryan

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780134712833

Category: Computers

Page: 272

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The modules in this book will go beyond the dashboard to communicate business-relevant implications of data analyses using the analytic, visualisation, and storytelling capabilities of Tableau, the most popular visualisation software in use by businesses world today. Each chapter will split focus between discussing key components of design practice and data visualisation and introducing a format for representing information with step-by-step guides for using Tableau. By the end of this book, readers will not only understand how data stories differ from traditional storytelling and how to purposefully craft a compelling data story, but also how to employ the horsepower of Tableau to structure data analysis projects so that they can effectively analyse, visualise, and communicate insights in a way that is meaningful for stakeholders across a variety of communication mediums.
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Learning Tableau 10

Author: Joshua N. Milligan

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1786468921

Category: Computers

Page: 432

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Learn how to create effective data visualizations with Tableau and unlock a smarter approach to business analytics. It might just transform your organization About This Book Create stylish visualizations and dashboards that explain complexity with clarity Learn effective data storytelling to transform how your business uses ideas and makes decisions Explore all the new features in Tableau 10 and start to redefine what business analytics means to your organization Who This Book Is For Got data? Not sure what to make of it? This is the guide for you – whether you've been working with Tableau for years or are just beginning your adventure into business analytics. What You Will Learn Find out how to build effective visualizations and dashboards Prepare and clean your data so you can be sure Tableau is finding answers to your questions – not raising more problems Discover how to create advanced visualizations that explain complexity with clarity and style Dig deeper into your data with clustering and distribution models that allow you to analyze trends and make forecasts Learn how to use data storytelling to aid decision-making and strategy Share dashboards and visualizations to cultivate a culture where data is available and valued In Detail Tableau has for some time been one of the most popular Business Intelligence and data visualization tools available. Why? Because, quite simply, it's a tool that's responsive to the needs of modern businesses. But it's most effective when you know how to get what you want from it – it might make your business intelligent, but it isn't going to make you intelligent... We'll make sure you're well prepared to take full advantage of Tableau 10's new features. Whether you're an experienced data analyst that wants to explore 2016's new Tableau, or you're a beginner that wants to expand their skillset and bring a more professional and sharper approach to their organization, we've got you covered. Beginning with the fundamentals, such as data preparation, you'll soon learn how to build and customize your own data visualizations and dashboards, essential for high-level visibility and effective data storytelling. You'll also find out how to so trend analysis and forecasting using clustering and distribution models to inform your analytics. But it's not just about you – when it comes to data it's all about availability and access. That's why we'll show you how to share your Tableau visualizations. It's only once insights are shared and communicated that you – and your organization – will start making smarter and informed decisions. And really, that's exactly what this guide is for. Style and approach Practical yet comprehensive, this Tableau guide takes you from the fundamentals of the tool before diving deeper into creating advanced visualizations. Covering the latest features found in Tableau 10, this might be the guide that transforms your organization.
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Data Science For Dummies

Author: Lillian Pierson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119327636

Category: Computers

Page: 384

View: 3502

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Discover how data science can help you gain in-depth insight into your business - the easy way! Jobs in data science abound, but few people have the data science skills needed to fill these increasingly important roles. Data Science For Dummies is the perfect starting point for IT professionals and students who want a quick primer on all areas of the expansive data science space. With a focus on business cases, the book explores topics in big data, data science, and data engineering, and how these three areas are combined to produce tremendous value. If you want to pick-up the skills you need to begin a new career or initiate a new project, reading this book will help you understand what technologies, programming languages, and mathematical methods on which to focus. While this book serves as a wildly fantastic guide through the broad, sometimes intimidating field of big data and data science, it is not an instruction manual for hands-on implementation. Here's what to expect: Provides a background in big data and data engineering before moving on to data science and how it's applied to generate value Includes coverage of big data frameworks like Hadoop, MapReduce, Spark, MPP platforms, and NoSQL Explains machine learning and many of its algorithms as well as artificial intelligence and the evolution of the Internet of Things Details data visualization techniques that can be used to showcase, summarize, and communicate the data insights you generate It's a big, big data world out there--let Data Science For Dummies help you harness its power and gain a competitive edge for your organization.
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Apache Superset Quick Start Guide

Develop interactive visualizations by creating user-friendly dashboards

Author: Shashank Shekhar

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788999568

Category: Computers

Page: 188

View: 1488

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Integrate open source data analytics and build business intelligence on SQL databases with Apache Superset. The quick, intuitive nature for data visualization in a web application makes it easy for creating interactive dashboards. Key Features Work with Apache Superset's rich set of data visualizations Create interactive dashboards and data storytelling Easily explore data Book Description Apache Superset is a modern, open source, enterprise-ready business intelligence (BI) web application. With the help of this book, you will see how Superset integrates with popular databases like Postgres, Google BigQuery, Snowflake, and MySQL. You will learn to create real time data visualizations and dashboards on modern web browsers for your organization using Superset. First, we look at the fundamentals of Superset, and then get it up and running. You'll go through the requisite installation, configuration, and deployment. Then, we will discuss different columnar data types, analytics, and the visualizations available. You'll also see the security tools available to the administrator to keep your data safe. You will learn how to visualize relationships as graphs instead of coordinates on plain orthogonal axes. This will help you when you upload your own entity relationship dataset and analyze the dataset in new, different ways. You will also see how to analyze geographical regions by working with location data. Finally, we cover a set of tutorials on dashboard designs frequently used by analysts, business intelligence professionals, and developers. What you will learn Get to grips with the fundamentals of data exploration using Superset Set up a working instance of Superset on cloud services like Google Compute Engine Integrate Superset with SQL databases Build dashboards with Superset Calculate statistics in Superset for numerical, categorical, or text data Understand visualization techniques, filtering, and grouping by aggregation Manage user roles and permissions in Superset Work with SQL Lab Who this book is for This book is for data analysts, BI professionals, and developers who want to learn Apache Superset. If you want to create interactive dashboards from SQL databases, this book is what you need. Working knowledge of Python will be an advantage but not necessary to understand this book.
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Redash v5 Quick Start Guide

Create and share interactive dashboards using Redash

Author: Alexander Leibzon,Yael Leibzon

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788994213

Category: Computers

Page: 224

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Learn how to quickly generate business intelligence, insights and create interactive dashboards for digital storytelling through various data sources with Redash Key Features Learn the best use of visualizations to build powerful interactive dashboards Create and share visualizations and data in your organization Work with different complexities of data from different data sources Book Description Data exploration and visualization is vital to Business Intelligence, the backbone of almost every enterprise or organization. Redash is a querying and visualization tool developed to simplify how marketing and business development departments are exposed to data. If you want to learn to create interactive dashboards with Redash, explore different visualizations, and share the insights with your peers, then this is the ideal book for you. The book starts with essential Business Intelligence concepts that are at the heart of data visualizations. You will learn how to find your way round Redash and its rich array of data visualization options for building interactive dashboards. You will learn how to create data storytelling and share these with peers. You will see how to connect to different data sources to process complex data, and then visualize this data to reveal valuable insights. By the end of this book, you will be confident with the Redash dashboarding tool to provide insight and communicate data storytelling. What you will learn Install Redash and troubleshoot installation errors Manage user roles and permissions Fetch data from various data sources Visualize and present data with Redash Create active alerts based on your data Understand Redash administration and customization Export, share and recount stories with Redash visualizations Interact programmatically with Redash through the Redash API Who this book is for This book is intended for Data Analysts, BI professionals and Data Developers, but can be useful to anyone who has a basic knowledge of SQL and a creative mind. Familiarity with basic BI concepts will be helpful, but no knowledge of Redash is required.
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Tableau 10 Bootcamp

Intensive training for data visualization and dashboarding

Author: Joshua N. Milligan,Donabel Santos

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1787282929

Category: Computers

Page: 384

View: 9981

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Sharpen your data visualization skills with Tableau 10 Bootcamp. About This Book Make informed decisions using powerful visualizations in Tableau Learn effective data storytelling to transform how your business uses ideas Use this extensive bootcamp that makes you an efficient Tableau user in a short span of time Who This Book Is For This book caters to business, data, and analytics professionals who want to build rich interactive visualizations using Tableau Desktop. Familiarity with previous versions of Tableau will be helpful, but not necessary. What You Will Learn Complete practical Tableau tasks with each chapter Build different types of charts in Tableau with ease Extend data using calculated fields and parameters Prepare and refine data for analysis Create engaging and interactive dashboards Present data effectively using story points In Detail Tableau is a leading visual analytics software that can uncover insights for better and smarter decision-making. Tableau has an uncanny ability to beautify your data, compared to other BI tools, which makes it an ideal choice for performing fast and easy visual analysis. A military camp style fast-paced learning book that builds your understanding of Tableau 10 in no time. This day based learning guide contains the best elements from two of our published books, Learning Tableau 10 - Second Edition and Tableau 10 Business Intelligence Cookbook, and delivers practical, learning modules in manageable chunks. Each chunk is delivered in a "day", and each "day" is a productive day. Each day builds your competency in Tableau. You will increase your competence in integrating analytics and forecasting to enhance data analysis during the course of this Bootcamp. Each chapter presents core concepts and key takeaways about a topic in Tableau and provides a series of hands-on exercises. In addition to these exercises, at the end of the chapter, you will find self-check quizzes and extra drills to challenge you, to take what you learned to the next level. To summarize, this book will equip you with step-by-step instructions through rigorous tasks, practical callouts, and various real-world examples and assignments to reinforce your understanding of Tableau 10. Style and approach A fast paced book filled with highly-effective real-world examples to help you build new things and help you in solving problems in newer and unseen ways.
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Hands-On Dashboard Development with QlikView

Practical guide to creating interactive and user-friendly business intelligence dashboards

Author: Abhishek Agarwal

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1838644997

Category: Computers

Page: 156

View: 4098

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A step-by-step approach to building stunning dashboards with QlikView Key Features Perform effective storytelling through interactive dashboards built with QlikView Create different types of visualizations from a variety of data sources Includes tips, tricks, and best practices to perform effective Business Intelligence using QlikView Book Description QlikView is one of the market leaders when it comes to building effective Business Intelligence solutions. This book will show how you can leverage its power to build your own dashboards to tell your own data story. The book starts with showing you how to connect your data to QlikView and create your own QlikView application. You will learn how to add data from multiple sources, create a data model by joining data, and then review it on the front end. You will work with QlikView components such as charts, list boxes, input boxes, and text objects to create stunning visualizations that help give actionable business insights. You will also learn how to perform analysis on your data in QlikView and master the various types of security measures to be taken in QlikView. By the end of this book, you will have all the essential knowledge required for insightful data storytelling and creating useful BI dashboards using QlikView. What you will learn Learn to use the latest and newest features of QlikView Connect QlikView to various data sources, such as databases and websites Create a fully featured data model without circular references Display your data in maps, charts, and text across multiple sheets Apply set analysis to your data in QlikView expressions Secure your data based on the various audience types Who this book is for This book is best suited for BI professionals, data analysts and budding QlikView developers who wish to build effective dashboards using QlikView. Some basic understanding of the data visualization concepts and Business Intelligence is required.
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