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Practical Business Intelligence

By : Ahmed Sherif
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Practical Business Intelligence

By: Ahmed Sherif

Overview of this book

Business Intelligence (BI) is at the crux of revolutionizing enterprise. Everyone wants to minimize losses and maximize profits. Thanks to Big Data and improved methodologies to analyze data, Data Analysts and Data Scientists are increasingly using data to make informed decisions. Just knowing how to analyze data is not enough, you need to start thinking how to use data as a business asset and then perform the right analysis to build an insightful BI solution. Efficient BI strives to achieve the automation of data for ease of reporting and analysis. Through this book, you will develop the ability to think along the right lines and use more than one tool to perform analysis depending on the needs of your business. We start off by preparing you for data analytics. We then move on to teach you a range of techniques to fetch important information from various databases, which can be used to optimize your business. The book aims to provide a full end-to-end solution for an environment setup that can help you make informed business decisions and deliver efficient and automated BI solutions to any company. It is a complete guide for implementing Business intelligence with the help of the most powerful tools like D3.js, R, Tableau, Qlikview and Python that are available on the market.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Practical Business Intelligence
About the Author
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Chapter 4.  Creating Bar Charts with D3.js

D3.js, or D3, stands for Data-Driven Documents. The most common method of data connectivity to D3 involves Comma-Separated Values (CSV). D3 uses JavaScript functions to leverage documents such as SVG (Scalable Vector Graphs) elements and HTML to render visualizations to a web browser. In addition to HTML, CSS is used to further style web pages with different colors, fonts, and sizes.

Mike Bostock is credited with being the developer of D3. He worked for the NYTimes and in 2011 he developed D3 to help leverage advanced visualizations that were not readily available in existing enterprise tools. Since that time D3 has become available to developers and some of the most amazing visualizations have been developed with D3.


To learn more about Mike Bostock and D3, visit the following website:

D3.js, or D3, may not seem like a traditional option for a business intelligence solution at first glance. This may be due to...