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THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS

Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the newest version of this breakthrough product.

 

Loren Abdulezer, editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal, shares insider’s knowledge that goes far beyond any other book or online help resource. Abdulezer introduces Xcelsius 2008, reviews its core concepts, and demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create. After you know what’s possible, you’ll go deep inside Xcelsius, gaining hands-on experience with every feature you need to master. You’ll learn how to quickly represent any data with charting components; use dials, gauges, and speedometers; incorporate multiple layers in your dashboards and visualizations; use Xcelsius to perform more useful analyses and manage more interactively; work with maps, demographics, and segmented data; create “smart data” and alerts; and much more.

 

Abdulezer offers tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll learn how to work with data that isn’t rock-solid--and even how to create your own custom components that go beyond Xcelsius’s built-in features. Whether you’re a business intelligence or database professional, power user, developer, or consultant, this book will help you create superior Xcelsius dashboards--and make better decisions.

 

THE ONLY XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDING BOOK YOU NEED

  • Use Xcelsius 2008 to get better answers, identify emerging trends and opportunities, and manage more effectively
  • Learn hands-on, through step-by-step examples using real business data
  • Discover tips and tricks proven in real-world environments
  • Deliver dashboard content in whatever format works best: as HTML pages, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or Word documents
  • Fully leverage the information in your Excel spreadsheets--and go beyond Excel to use XML source data, too
  • Implement Xcelsius best practices drawn from the hard-won knowledge of the entire global user community

 

ON THE WEB

  • Registered owners of the book can find all this and more online:
  • All sample files used in the book
  • Additional guides and tutorials to help you build dashboards
  • Templates and example files for new dashboard interfaces

Introduction 1

Getting What You Need from This Book     3

Locating Specific Techniques Quickly     3

How to Read This Book     3

Accessing Legacy Xcelsius Files     4

Best Practices Versus Shortcuts     4

What This Book Covers     5

Conventions Used in This Book     7

  Part I Xcelsius 2008 Fundamentals

1 Motivation for Using Xcelsius 2008     11

The Original Killer App     12

The Spreadsheet as an Open-Source Dashboard     13

From Excel to Xcelsius     16

A Walk-Through of Xcelsius     17

Where to Go from Here     27

Working the Xcelsius Dashboard     27

Dashboards: More Than Skin Deep     28

Dashboard Functionality Enhancements     29

Watching Out for Limits     29

Importing Spreadsheets into Xcelsius 2008     30

Putting Some Computational Oomph into Your Dashboards     30

Closing Thoughts     31

2 Showcase of Xcelsius 2008 Dashboards     33

Embedding Spreadsheet Smarts in a Dashboard     34

Thinking Creatively with Colors and Visual Components     35

Putting Your Data on the Map     35

Rethinking Dashboard Interface Design     36

Choosing the Data You Want to View     36

Desktop Client Portals     37

Viewing Multiple Sources of Information in a Single View     37

Managing the Visibility of Components in Your Dashboards     38

Embedding Visual Analytics in a Dashboard     38

Interesting Approaches to Financial Analysis in Xcelsius     38

New Features in Xcelsius 2008     39

Enhanced Spreadsheet Support     39

Improved Support in Existing Components     40

New Components in Xcelsius 2008     40

Web Connectivity in Xcelsius 2008     41

Closing Thoughts     41

3 Getting Familiar with Xcelsius 2008     43

Learning to Build Dashboards     44

Organizing the Xcelsius Workspace     46

Elements of the Workspace     46

Customizing Your Workspace Layout     47

The Canvas     48

The Object Browser     48

Positioning the Components Pane, Object Browser, and Properties Panel     51

Using the Dashboard Design Facilities of Xcelsius     52

Text-Based Components     53

Chart-Based Components     54

Container Components     58

Selectors     59

Maps     61

Art and Background Components     61

Achieving a Uniform Look and Feel in Dashboards and Visualizations     62

Simple Replication at the Component Level     62

Pasting Components Between XLF Files     63

Xcelsius 2008 Themes     64

Fonts in Xcelsius     66

Closing Thoughts     67

4 Embedded Spreadsheets: The Secret Sauce of Xcelsius 2008     69

Spreadsheet Fundamentals     70

Formula Fundamentals     71

Building Spreadsheet Models in Xcelsius 2008     73

Spreadsheet Cell References     73

Named Ranges     77

Using Excel Functions in Xcelsius 2008     79

Understanding the Role of Spreadsheet Functions and Operators in Xcelsius 2008     79

Mathematical and Statistical Functions in Xcelsius 2008     82

Aggregation and Statistical Functions     82

Financially Oriented Functions     92

Mathematical Functions in Xcelsius 2008     95

New Excel Functions Supported in Xcelsius 2008     108

Making Dashboards Date and Time Aware     110

NOW and TODAY     110

Constructing Dates     110

Parsing Dates and Time: YEAR, MONTH, DAY, HOUR, MINUTE, and SECOND     111

Keeping Track of Your Days at Work: NETWORKDAYS     111

Other Date Functions     112

Using Calendar Arithmetic     113

Manipulating Text in Spreadsheet Formulas     116

Making Text Conform to a Specific Appearance     116

Splicing and Restructuring Text     117

Using Selector-Style Spreadsheet Functions     119

OFFSET     119

INDEX     122

CHOOSE and MATCH     123

VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP     123

Closing Thoughts      125

5 Using Charts and Graphs to Represent Data     127

Choosing the Right Components for a Dashboard     128

Building on Your Visualizations     132

Putting Your Data onto a Timeline     132

Viewing Grouped Data with Stacked Charts     135

Avoiding Needless Data Series Congestion     137

Drilling Down with Pie Charts     139

Working with XY and Bubble Charts     141

Working with XY Charts     141

Extending Graphical Presentation with Bubble Charts     145

Working with Tree Maps     148

Issues and Techniques Related to Scaling     150

Exploring the Scaling Laboratory     150

Dealing with Vastly Different Values on the Same Chart     152

Putting Visual Data Analysis into Focus     154

Closing Thoughts     154

6 Single Value Components: Dials, Gauges, Speedometers, and the Like     157

Understanding the Single Value Components     158

Working with Sliders and Progress Bars     159

Simple Sliders     160

Exotic Sliders     161

Dual Sliders     164

Progress Bars     166

Working with Dials     166

Scaling Dials, Gauges, and Sliders     167

Enhancing Your Dials     168

Working with Gauges     171

Using Gauges     171

Constructing Wraparound Gauges     174

Working with Spinners     175

Closing Thoughts     176

  Part II Xcelsius 2008 Best Practices and Techniques

7 Using Multi-Layer Visibility in Your Dashboards and Visualizations     181

Taming Complexity and Usability by Making Presentations Compact     182

Managing Complexity Through Containment     182

Using Context Switching to Contain Visualizations and Dashboards     184

Controlling the Visibility of Individual Components in a Dashboard     188

Understanding Dynamic Visibility     188

Managing Multi-Layer Visibility     192

Designing a Dashboard with Multiple Screens Controlled by a Label-Based Menu     192

The Logical Approach to Orchestrating Multi-Layer Visibility     193

Working with Multi-Layer Visibility the Right Way     199

The Practical Rationale for Multi-Layer Visibility     200

Closing Thoughts     200

8 Managing Interactivity     203

Interacting with Chart Data     204

Data Animation     206

Chart Label Size     206

Drill Down Behavior     207

Interacting with Selectors     209

The Accordion Menu     209

The Check Box Component     209

Traffic Light Alerts in Combo Boxes and List Boxes     210

The Ticker Interface     211

Picture Menus     211

Toggle Button and Icon Components     213

Filter Components     214

Interacting with Single Value Components, Maps, and Text Components     216

Labels and Input Text Areas     218

Art & Background Components: Using the Image Component     220

Rectangle, Ellipse, and Background Components     220

The Image Component     222

Interacting with Web Connectivity and Other Components     222

The Print Button and Reset Button Components     222

The Local Scenario Button Component     223

The Calendar Component     223

The Trend Icon Component     224

The Trend Analyzer     224

Grid and Spreadsheet Table Components     224

The History Component     226

Closing Thoughts     226

9 Xcelsius and Statistics     229

Understanding Statistics     230

What Makes Statistical Measures So Special?      231

Elementary Statistics Concepts and Dashboard Tools     231

Measures of Dispersion Around a Central Value     235

Understanding Probabilities     237

Simple Rules for Combining Outcomes     237

Understanding Conditional Probability and Bayes’ Theorem     239

Probability Distributions     242

Discrete Probability Distributions     242

Continuous Probability Distributions     246

The Trend Analyzer Component and Trend Analysis     252

Closing Thoughts     255

10 Financial Analysis     257

Some Basic Ideas in Accounting and Their Importance in Financial Analysi     258

Value at Risk (VaR)      258

Bringing Accounting into the Dashboard Equation     261

Accounting for the Element of Time in a Financial Analysis     263

Preparing an Aging Report     264

Financial Ratio Analysis     266

The Buck Starts Here     267

Using Ratios and Metrics to Judge the Overall Health of a Business     271

Closing Thoughts     272

11 Maps in Xcelsius     275

Basic Ideas About Maps in Xcelsius     276

The Parts of an Xcelsius Map     276

Using a Map to Obtain Further Information     278

An Augmented Map Framework     280

Colorizing Maps     283

Multiple-Region Map Selection and Tally Maps     286

Multi-Selection Maps     287

Tally Maps     288

International Map Types     289

The World by Continent Map Component     290

The Connected Maps Reference Implementation     291

Closing Thoughts     294

12 Smart Data and Alerts     297

Understanding Alerts in Xcelsius     298

The Haves and Have-Nots of Alerts     298

Basic Alert Features in Xcelsius 2008     299

Why You Should Use Multiple Data Series     301

Showing Multiple Shades in Charts Based on Values in a Cell Range     301

Unconventional Uses of Conventional Components     302

Using Smart Text in Visualizations and Dashboards     302

Using Spreadsheet Values to Set the Text Color     305

Smart Text Spinners     306

List Box and Other Inline Alerts     309

Going Beyond the Built-in Alerts in Xcelsius     310

Closing Thoughts     312

13 Working with Less-Than-Optimal Data     315

The Digitization of Data     316

Dealing with Category I Digitization Errors     317

Dealing with Category II Digitization Errors     317

Dealing with Category III Digitization Errors     318

Fixing Problematic Spreadsheets     318

Detecting the Presence of Transposed Digits     318

Dealing with Raw Data     319

Dealing with Unclean Data     320

Dealing with Rounding and Truncation Errors     322

Poorly Positioned Data on a Worksheet     324

Detecting and Fixing Formula Problems     325

Dealing with Scaling Issues     328

Repurposing Existing Spreadsheets     329

Dealing with Improperly Structured Data     331

Closing Thoughts     334

14 Other Dashboard Techniques and Practices     337

An Important Preliminary Issue     338

Simple Fixes in Visualizing Data     339

Charting Multiple Data Series That Have Similar Values     339

Filled Radar Charts with Alerts     341

Avoiding Occlusion with Area Charts     342

Viewing Line Chart Data     343

Constructing ABC (Actual Budget Comparison) Charts     344

Using a Candlestick Component as a Box Plot     347

Closing Thoughts     350

  Part III Advanced Features

15 XML and Data Connectivity     353

Strategies for Packaging Dashboard Information     354

Open-Ended Dashboards     355

The Xcelsius Data Manager     355

Adding XML Maps to Xcelsius 2008     357

Setting Up XML for Xcelsius When You Are Using Excel 2007     357

Setting Up XML for Xcelsius When You Are Using Excel 2003     357

Setting Up Excel XML Maps     359

Connecting Your Dashboards to Web Services     364

Understanding Web Services     365

Using Web Services in Xcelsius 2008     365

Setting Up Cross-Domain Policy Files     368

Closing Thoughts     369

16 Creating Custom Components for Fun and Profit     371

Understanding Custom Components     372

Installing Custom Components     372

Custom Component Construction Workflow     373

Programming with Flex Builder     373

Getting Ready to Build Custom Components     375

Software You Will Need for Constructing Custom Components     375

Initial Software Setup     376

Building Custom Components     378

Constructing a Basic Slider Component     378

Building a Component’s Source     378

Connecting Your ActionScript and MXML Code     385

Generating the SWF File for Your Custom Component     385

The Relationship Between a Custom Component and a Property Sheet     386

Packaging and Deploying Your Custom Components     387

Packaging Your Custom Component     387

Loading, Testing, and Enhancing Components     391

Where to Go from Here     394

Additional Features in the SDK     394

Avoiding Potential Landmines     395

Closing Thoughts     397

  Part IV Appendices

A Supported Spreadsheet Functions in Xcelsius 2008     401

Supported Spreadsheet Functions in Xcelsius 2008     402

Logical Values and Spreadsheet Operators in Xcelsius 2008     411

B Xcelsius Product Family Comparison     415

Xcelsius Functionality     416

Xcelsius Components     419

C Xcelsius Best Practice Techniques and Hip Pocket Tips     425

Index     431

Book News Annotation:

This tutorial guide for new and experienced Xcelsius users shows how to use Xcelsius to create interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver information that can be immediately understood. Abdulezer, editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal and founder of the Xcelsius Best Practices web site, reviews the software's core concepts, demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create, and provides step-by-step instructions for the software's features. He also shows how to create custom components that go beyond Xcelsius's built-in features. The book is for business intelligence and database professionals, power users, and developers. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS

Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the newest version of this breakthrough product.

 

Loren Abdulezer, editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal, shares insider’s knowledge that goes far beyond any other book or online help resource. Abdulezer introduces Xcelsius 2008, reviews its core concepts, and demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create. After you know what’s possible, you’ll go deep inside Xcelsius, gaining hands-on experience with every feature you need to master. You’ll learn how to quickly represent any data with charting components; use dials, gauges, and speedometers; incorporate multiple layers in your dashboards and visualizations; use Xcelsius to perform more useful analyses and manage more interactively; work with maps, demographics, and segmented data; create “smart data” and alerts; and much more.

 

Abdulezer offers tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll learn how to work with data that isn’t rock-solid--and even how to create your own custom components that go beyond Xcelsius’s built-in features. Whether you’re a business intelligence or database professional, power user, developer, or consultant, this book will help you create superior Xcelsius dashboards--and make better decisions.

 

THE ONLY XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDING BOOK YOU NEED

  • Use Xcelsius 2008 to get better answers, identify emerging trends and opportunities, and manage more effectively
  • Learn hands-on, through step-by-step examples using real business data
  • Discover tips and tricks proven in real-world environments
  • Deliver dashboard content in whatever format works best: as HTML pages, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or Word documents
  • Fully leverage the information in your Excel spreadsheets--and go beyond Excel to use XML source data, too
  • Implement Xcelsius best practices drawn from the hard-won knowledge of the entire global user community

 

ON THE WEB

  • Registered owners of the book can find all this and more online:
  • All sample files used in the book
  • Additional guides and tutorials to help you build dashboards
  • Templates and example files for new dashboard interfaces

Introduction 1

Part I Xcelsius 2008 Fundamentals

1 Motivation for Using Xcelsius 2008     11

2 Showcase of Xcelsius 2008 Dashboards     33

3 Getting Familiar with Xcelsius 2008     43

4 Embedded Spreadsheets: The Secret Sauce of Xcelsius 2008     69

5 Using Charts and Graphs to Represent Data     127

6 Single Value Components: Dials, Gauges, Speedometers, and the Like     157

Part II Xcelsius 2008 Best Practices and Techniques

7 Using Multi-Layer Visibility in Your Dashboards and Visualizations     181

8 Managing Interactivity     203

9 Xcelsius and Statistics     229

10 Financial Analysis     257

11 Maps in Xcelsius     275

12 Smart Data and Alerts     297

13 Working with Less-Than-Optimal Data     315

14 Other Dashboard Techniques and Practices     337

Part III Advanced Features

15 XML and Data Connectivity     353

16 Creating Custom Components for Fun and Profit     371

Part IV Appendices

A Supported Spreadsheet Functions in Xcelsius 2008     401

B Xcelsius Product Family Comparison     415

C Xcelsius Best Practice Techniques and Hip Pocket Tips     425

Index     431

Synopsis:

Xcelsius is an award winning, point and click software that transforms any type of data into interactive visualizations. It has taken the Business Intelligence world by storm since its introduction in 2005, and it has already been adopted by many Fortune 500 corporations. Using Xcelsius you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gathering data from spreadsheets or databases, and then easily integrate that dashboard into a PowerPoint presentation, a Word or PDF document, or a Web page. This book is the first definitive guide to Xcelsius, going deeper than any other information previously available on the product. It details best practices and techniques for harnessing visual analytics and creating innovative dashboards. It is completely up to date with Xcelsius 2008, the brand new version. And it is written by one of the leading proponents of Xcelsius.

About the Author

Loren Abdulezer is CEO and president of Evolving Technologies Corporation, a New York-based technology consulting firm that specializes in visual data analysis. He has a long-standing record in the Xcelsius community and has been a staunch proponent of the technology since its early days.

 

Loren is the editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal (www.XcelsiusJournal.com), an online magazine dedicated to users in the Xcelsius user community. Loren also started the website Xcelsius Best Practices (www.XcelsiusBestPractices.com). Loren is the author of Excel Best Practices for Business and Escape from Excel Hell. He served as the technical editor of Crystal Xcelsius For Dummies. He can be reached at dashboards@evolvingtech.com.

Table of Contents

Part I - Introductory Material Relating to Xcelsius

Chapter 1 - Motivation for using Xcelsius

Chapter 2 - Preview/Showcase of Xcelsius Examples

Chapter 3 -Getting familiar with Xcelsius: A Best Practices Guide to Xcelsius Features

Chapter 4 - The Spreadsheet: The Secret Sauce to Making Xcelsius Interactive

Part II - Xcelsius Best Practices and Techniques

Chapter 5 - Using Charts and Graphs to Represent Data

Chapter 6 - Dials, Gauges, Speedometers, and the Like

Chapter 7 - Using Multi-Layers in your Dashboards and Visualizations

Chapter 8 - Managing Interactivity

Chapter 9 - Xcelsius and Statistics

Chapter 10 - Financial Analysis

Chapter 11 - Maps, Demographics, and Segmenting Data

Chapter 12 - Smart Data and Alerts

Chapter 13 - Working with less than optimal data

Chapter 14 - Hip Pocket Tips and Tricks

Part III Advanced Features

Chapter 15 - XML and Data Connectivity

Chapter 16 - Custom Designed Components

Appendix A: Crash Course in Actionscript

Appendix B: Setting up the Flex Environment

Appendix C - Hip Pocket Techniques and Tips

Appendix D - Intriguing Interfaces and Visualizations

 

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"Synopsis" by ,

THE DEFINITIVE, COMPREHENSIVE, OFFICIAL GUIDE TO XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDS

Using Xcelsius, you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gather data from spreadsheets or databases, and deliver knowledge that can be instantly understood and acted upon. Now there’s a definitive, authoritative guide to making the most of Xcelsius 2008, the newest version of this breakthrough product.

 

Loren Abdulezer, editor-in-chief of Xcelsius Journal, shares insider’s knowledge that goes far beyond any other book or online help resource. Abdulezer introduces Xcelsius 2008, reviews its core concepts, and demonstrates the wide range of dashboards it can create. After you know what’s possible, you’ll go deep inside Xcelsius, gaining hands-on experience with every feature you need to master. You’ll learn how to quickly represent any data with charting components; use dials, gauges, and speedometers; incorporate multiple layers in your dashboards and visualizations; use Xcelsius to perform more useful analyses and manage more interactively; work with maps, demographics, and segmented data; create “smart data” and alerts; and much more.

 

Abdulezer offers tips and tricks you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll learn how to work with data that isn’t rock-solid--and even how to create your own custom components that go beyond Xcelsius’s built-in features. Whether you’re a business intelligence or database professional, power user, developer, or consultant, this book will help you create superior Xcelsius dashboards--and make better decisions.

 

THE ONLY XCELSIUS 2008 DASHBOARDING BOOK YOU NEED

  • Use Xcelsius 2008 to get better answers, identify emerging trends and opportunities, and manage more effectively
  • Learn hands-on, through step-by-step examples using real business data
  • Discover tips and tricks proven in real-world environments
  • Deliver dashboard content in whatever format works best: as HTML pages, PowerPoint presentations, PDF files, or Word documents
  • Fully leverage the information in your Excel spreadsheets--and go beyond Excel to use XML source data, too
  • Implement Xcelsius best practices drawn from the hard-won knowledge of the entire global user community

 

ON THE WEB

  • Registered owners of the book can find all this and more online:
  • All sample files used in the book
  • Additional guides and tutorials to help you build dashboards
  • Templates and example files for new dashboard interfaces

Introduction 1

Part I Xcelsius 2008 Fundamentals

1 Motivation for Using Xcelsius 2008     11

2 Showcase of Xcelsius 2008 Dashboards     33

3 Getting Familiar with Xcelsius 2008     43

4 Embedded Spreadsheets: The Secret Sauce of Xcelsius 2008     69

5 Using Charts and Graphs to Represent Data     127

6 Single Value Components: Dials, Gauges, Speedometers, and the Like     157

Part II Xcelsius 2008 Best Practices and Techniques

7 Using Multi-Layer Visibility in Your Dashboards and Visualizations     181

8 Managing Interactivity     203

9 Xcelsius and Statistics     229

10 Financial Analysis     257

11 Maps in Xcelsius     275

12 Smart Data and Alerts     297

13 Working with Less-Than-Optimal Data     315

14 Other Dashboard Techniques and Practices     337

Part III Advanced Features

15 XML and Data Connectivity     353

16 Creating Custom Components for Fun and Profit     371

Part IV Appendices

A Supported Spreadsheet Functions in Xcelsius 2008     401

B Xcelsius Product Family Comparison     415

C Xcelsius Best Practice Techniques and Hip Pocket Tips     425

Index     431

"Synopsis" by , Xcelsius is an award winning, point and click software that transforms any type of data into interactive visualizations. It has taken the Business Intelligence world by storm since its introduction in 2005, and it has already been adopted by many Fortune 500 corporations. Using Xcelsius you can create powerful, interactive dashboards, gathering data from spreadsheets or databases, and then easily integrate that dashboard into a PowerPoint presentation, a Word or PDF document, or a Web page. This book is the first definitive guide to Xcelsius, going deeper than any other information previously available on the product. It details best practices and techniques for harnessing visual analytics and creating innovative dashboards. It is completely up to date with Xcelsius 2008, the brand new version. And it is written by one of the leading proponents of Xcelsius.
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