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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
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This chapter was very heavy with JavaScript and HTML coding and may seem a bit of an overkill at first. However, the process of breaking down individual functions and uses of D3 was done intentionally to ease developers into understanding the basic building blocks that comprise a D3 visualization. While at first it may seem that there is a significant volume of coding needed for a simple visualization, the ability to customize any level of a component will become more valuable as your comfort with D3 increases.

In addition, many templates for D3 are available on D3js ( and can be used and manipulated with existing data to view new visualizations without needing to understand the underlying code up front. Once a specific need arises within the visualization, there can be modifications of the code, and that is where the understanding of the architecture of D3 will come into play. This is how the D3 community has grown so quickly in such a short amount of time.