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Data Fluency

By : Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ
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Data Fluency

By: Zach Gemignani, Chris Gemignani, Richard Galentino, Patrick Schuermann, Nathan Yau‚ÄØ

Overview of this book

Analytical data is a powerful tool for growing companies, but what good is it if it hides in the shadows? Bring your data to the forefront with effective visualization and communication approaches and let?Data Fluency:?Empowering Your Organization with Effective Communication?show you the best tools and strategies for getting the job done right. Learn the best practices of data presentation and the ways that reporting and dashboards can help organizations effectively gauge performance, identify areas for improvement, and communicate results. Topics covered in the book include data reporting and communication, audience and user needs, data presentation tools, layout and styling, and common design failures. Those responsible for analytics, reporting, or BI implementation will find a refreshing take on data and visualization in this resource, as will report, data visualization, and dashboard designers.
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There are dozens of technology solutions for developing data products. Microsoft offers a variety of options: PowerPoint for data-rich presentations, Excel for models and ad hoc analysis, Power BI for self-service analytics, SQL Server Reporting Services for reporting, SharePoint with dashboards, and undoubtedly many more. The fact that one organization offers numerous tools for communicating data says a lot about the complexity of choosing the right tool for your unique situation.

Ideally, you want to have a small set of data tools that support the variety of types of data products your organization needs. A single solution is unlikely to offer the breadth of capabilities necessary. In our experience, four to five tools for data presentation are usually sufficient for most organizations. The following table describes a set of tool categories and the specific solution we’ve seen work most successfully.

Types of Data Product Development Tools

TypePurposeOur Choice