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Actionable Insights with Amazon QuickSight

By : Manos Samatas
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Actionable Insights with Amazon QuickSight

By: Manos Samatas

Overview of this book

Amazon Quicksight is an exciting new visualization that rivals PowerBI and Tableau, bringing several exciting features to the table – but sadly, there aren’t many resources out there that can help you learn the ropes. This book seeks to remedy that with the help of an AWS-certified expert who will help you leverage its full capabilities. After learning QuickSight’s fundamental concepts and how to configure data sources, you’ll be introduced to the main analysis-building functionality of QuickSight to develop visuals and dashboards, and explore how to develop and share interactive dashboards with parameters and on-screen controls. You’ll dive into advanced filtering options with URL actions before learning how to set up alerts and scheduled reports. Next, you’ll familiarize yourself with the types of insights before getting to grips with adding ML insights such as forecasting capabilities, analyzing time series data, adding narratives, and outlier detection to your dashboards. You’ll also explore patterns to automate operations and look closer into the API actions that allow us to control settings. Finally, you’ll learn advanced topics such as embedded dashboards and multitenancy. By the end of this book, you’ll be well-versed with QuickSight’s BI and analytics functionalities that will help you create BI apps with ML capabilities.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Amazon QuickSight and the AWS Analytics Ecosystem
Section 2: Advanced Dashboarding and Insights
Section 3: Advanced Topics and Management

Setting up Amazon QuickSight

In this part of the book, we will create an Amazon QuickSight account. By the end of this section, you will have set up the following:

  • A QuickSight Enterprise account
  • An author user
  • A reader user

This part of the book will be completed using the QuickSight user interface and the AWS Management Console:

  1. To access QuickSight, first log in to the AWS Management Console. You will need to use a principal with elevated access. Since this is a non-production account, you can use an IAM user with the AdministratorAccess policy attached.
  2. Then, find and select Amazon QuickSight, located under the Analytics category. If this is a brand-new account that doesn't have Amazon QuickSight set up, we will get a prompt to sign up for the service. Select Sign up for QuickSight.

Figure 2.4 – Sign up for QuickSight

  1. Then, we will see the main options for account creation. First, we will need to...