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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

Introducing QuickSight embedded analytics

So far in this book, we have learned how to create dashboards and work with analyses within the native QuickSight web application. For many use cases, this is sufficient. On the other hand, some organizations need to add data visualizations to an existing web portal, outside of the native QuickSight application.

Understanding the business drivers for embedding

Before embedding, organizations needed to develop their own custom Business Intelligence (BI) solutions. D3.js ( is an open source JavaScript library for data visualizations on the web. D3.js requires a high level of expertise. This can be hard to find, making it challenging for many organizations to adopt this technology. While there are numerous examples on the web regarding how to build D3.js visualizations (, JavaScript can be a difficult language to learn for BI developers. At the same time, web developers might not have...