Course Overview

A must course for all professionals using “Excel” in business reporting, analysis, and dashboarding. To that, the ability to leverage Excel to a level of “Excel Power-User” is guaranteed. You will be working with “big data” in a very structured and systematic way that will deliver value-adding expertise. This is a course you don’t want to miss. You can take this to the bank!

Course Methdology

20% of the program is design and structure focused. 80% uses MS Excel as a BI tool. Groups and individuals will be required to complete exercises, case studies, and projects on daily basis.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Boost Excel Business Intelligence (BI) expertise in data slicing and dicing, data massaging, and data aggregation and modeling
  • Perform data normalization, consolidation, report writing, analysis and reconciliation
  • Develop dynamic BI models, dashboards, scorecards and flash management reports by linking-up Excel with Access, web, text, SQL, Oracle and other databases
  • Advance and enhance your reports' look and feel using dynamic visualization techniques
  • Acquire numerous tips and tricks to enable you working efficiently

Target Audience

Business professionals, business analysts, research analysts, marketing and sales professionals, HR professionals, IT professionals, administrative staff, supervisors, general business professionals and staff from any function who need to learn and apply state-of-the-art data analysis techniques to their daily business reporting and decision making.

Target Competencies

  • Massaging and normalizing data
  • Reporting, analysis, and reconciliation
  • Interpretation of large data sets
  • Modeling and 'what-if' scenarios
  • Data integration
  • Dynamic dashboards and scorecards
  • Key performance indicators
This course requires the use of laptops with Excel 2010/2013/2016 installed. On any courses conducted in the UAE, VIF will provide laptops to all delegates for the duration of the course. For courses outside the UAE, delegates must bring their own laptops with Windows-based Excel 2010+ fully installed

Course Outline

Data analysis tools and techniques
  • Consolidating data from separate files and sheets
  • Advanced data validation using lists, dates and custom validation
  • Powerful array functions
  • Cell management tools: Left, right, mid, concatenate, value
  • Naming, editing, and managing cells and ranges
  • Subtotal, sumif, sumifs, sumproduct, count, countif, countifs
  • Looking-up data, texts, and values using vlookup
  • The incredible table tools technique
  • Slicing dates into day names, weeks, week numbers, month names, years and quarters
  • Text to columns and dynamic trimming using trim, len
  • Managing texts and numbers using replace, find, and substitute
  • Text change functions
Mastering data reporting: The 19 must learn pivot tables tools
  • Creating pivot tables
  • Number formatting techniques
  • Designing report layout
  • Sorting in ascending, descending and more sort options
  • Filtering labels and values
  • Expanding and collapsing reports
  • Summarize data by sum, average, minimum, maximum, count
  • Show values as % of total and % of …
  • Pivot table options
  • Inserting formulas
  • Date analysis
  • Copying pivot tables
  • Creating pivot charts
  • Dynamic chart labeling
  • Mastering the slicer
  • Showing report filter pages
  • Linking pivot tables and pivot graphs with PowerPoint
  • Conditional formatting with pivot tables
  • Designing reports using the getpivotdata
Data modeling and integration
  • Spinner
  • Check box data modeling with if function
  • Option box data modeling with if function
  • List box data modeling with choose function
  • Scenario manager
  • Linking excel with text files
  • Linking excel with databases (Access)
  • Linking excel with SQL
  • Linking excel with internet
The look and feel: Charting and visualization techniques
  • Using the camera tool
  • Working with formula driven visualizations
  • Using fancy fonts
  • Leveraging symbols in formulas
  • Working with sparklines
  • Creating unconventional style charts
Tips and tricks
  • Controlling and protecting your reports, worksheets and workbooks
  • Data entry form
  • Custom list
  • Text to speech
  • Advanced conditional formatting
  • Shortcuts for your daily work
Location & Dates
Call us at +971 430 8394