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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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Formatting and publishing code using R Markdown

We have now reached the part of the chapter where we focus on delivering the fruits of our labor to our consumers, who will take this information back to their users and produce actionable intelligence from it. In order for them to do this, we need to deliver our results inside of a dynamic report. RStudio allows us to do this with R Markdown, which is a format that allows for reproducible reports with embedded R code that can be published into slide shows, Word documents, PDF files, and HTML web pages.

Getting started with R Markdown

R Markdown documents have the .RMD extension and are created by selecting R Markdown from the menu bar of RStudio, as seen here:

If this is the first time you are creating an R Markdown report, you may be prompted to install some additional packages for R Markdown to work, as seen in the following screenshot:

Once the packages are installed, we can define a title, author, and default output format, as follows...