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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

Publishing dashboards

In this section, we will learn how to publish a dashboard and share it with other reader users. A dashboard is the read-only version of an analysis that can be consumed by reader users. A dashboard is not a point-in-time snapshot of the analysis. When a user accesses a dashboard, QuickSight will fetch the data to populate the dashboard visuals. Depending on how you configured your data source, data is fetched either using a direct query or using SPICE. When you use SPICE data sources, QuickSight will scale automatically for the number of users you have. When you query your data source directly, you need to ensure that the data source (for example, a data warehouse) has enough resources to support the workload.

Sharing a dashboard is easy. Let's take a look:

  1. First, you will need to open the analysis you want to share as a dashboard.
  2. Click on the Share button on the top-right corner of the screen. This will open the Publish a dashboard screen...