What’s the use of putting out reports that no one reads? Properly created dashboards are graphical representations that put data in a context for your audience, and they look really cool! How cool? You’ll find out when you see the dazzling examples in Excel 2007 Dashboards & Reports For Dummies. And, before long, everyone’s eyes will be riveted to your dashboards and reports too!
My deepest thanks to Greg Croy, Christopher Morris, Loren Abdulezer and
all the professionals at Wiley who have helped bring this book to fruition.
And a special thank you to my beautiful wife Mary who will open this book
long enough to read the dedication and acknowledgments.
IBM Cognos 10 BI has introduced IBM Cognos Business Insight and IBM Cognos
Business Insight Advanced, which are the two components that can be used to
author and view dashboards.
IBM Cognos Business Insight is used to create sophisticated interactive dashboards from the existing content. For instance, assume a user has already created four different reports each catering to sales, marketing, HR, and finance, using Report Studio. Individual sections in these reports can then be used in IBM Cognos Business Insight independently, to create an interactive dashboard.
This cookbook full of practical and applicable recipes will enable you to use the full latest capabilities of Dashboard Design to visually transform your business data. A wide range of recipes will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to perform tasks like configuring charts, creating drill- downs, making component colors dynamic, using alerts in maps, building pop-up screens, setting up What-If scenarios, and many more.
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