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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

Working with actions

QuickSight Actions allow you to add interactivity to your dashboards. They can be any of the following:

  • Filter actions
  • Navigation actions
  • URL actions

Next, we will look closer at each of these action types. To understand each type, we will configure them using our New York taxi sample analysis.

Working with filter actions

URL actions allow us to instantly filter data when the user clicks on a specific area of a dashboard. Filter actions make it easier for your readers to focus on specific data points of the analysis.

When configuring filter actions, you will need to choose a visual in your analysis and then provide the following information:

  • Action Name: A user-friendly and descriptive name for the filter action.
  • Activation: Menu Option or Select: Menu Option will add a menu item when you click a data point in your visual. This option, when clicked, will activate the URL action. On the other hand, with the Select option...