Excel Best Practices for Business : Covers Excel 2003, 2002, And 2000.

Abdulezer, Loren.
Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2003.
1 online resource (547 pages)
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Spreadsheets have become the de facto standard for communicating business information and the preferred tool for analyzing business data. In this current climate, the accuracy and clarity of spreadsheets are paramount. However, busy managers have little time to sift through heaps of reference books to extrapolate techniques for making polished spreadsheets. Even with finished spreadsheets in hand, managers and business professionals still need a book which holds up a mirror to their real world situations and reflects hidden flaws; and then takes the next step and guides the reader in specific ways to rework these critical documents. Excel Best Practices for Business enables readers to examine their work and ask critical questions. And once asked, this book also answers with dynamic, practical approaches and provides Take-Aways extrapolated from real situations across a managerial spectrum, making this book more mentor than reference. In this book, a critical need is met. Book Highlights: XML in Microsoft Office Excel 2003: Entirely new to Excel 2003 is major support for XML, making Excel truly web capable and Internet ready. This book provides extensive coverage of these new features from a hands-on perspective. It identifies subtleties, gotchas and problems, and shows you practical solutions and workarounds. SPREADSHEET PORTALS: This book introduces the topic of Spreadsheet Portals, which elevates spreadsheet practices for the Internet-ready software to the next level. Aside from explaining the basic concepts and principles of Desktop Client Portals, best practice techniques for building your portal pages and reference implementations are provided. These reference implementations, sample spreadsheets, and online demos are provided on the book's CD. SPREADSHEET MAKEOVERS: What do you do when your manager or boss asks you to take over a complex,
spreadsheet-based application and send out reports every two weeks? The person who created the spreadsheet no longer works for the company. Aside from a few emails, there's no documentation. You look at the spreadsheet and you find it has flaws. Never mind about fixing the old reports; the new ones are going to go out with your name on it. This report is not your prime responsibility. You do not have the time or resources to turn this into a whole project, yet you can't afford to leave it the way it is. Excel Best Practices for Business provides a step-by-step approach to these "Mission Impossible" situations and walks you through the steps with fully worked out examples. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGIES: For the first time in a mainstream book, the topic of preparing accessible spreadsheets for individuals with disabilities is addressed. Government agencies needing to make electronic information section 508 compliant and corporations choosing not to alienate communities with special needs will find the techniques presented invaluable. You will learn from a hands-on perspective how to organize and design accessible spreadsheets for the visually impaired that will work with Screen Reader software, how to set up Screen Reader software, and how to build graphical components that will work with Screen Readers. These practices are carried to the next level with the introduction of Assistive Portals. This allows you to make spreadsheets accessible and avoid having to alter your original spreadsheets. The Portal Page does all the work. Because it is table driven, there are no formulas or scripts to modify. Think of how this will change the economics of preparing accessible documents. There are many more topics in Excel Best Practices For Business including: practical techniques for visualizing hard-to-present data, incorporating "Smart Data" into your
spreadsheets, how to build a Data Overpass, quantification of uncertainty, conversion of mountains of.
Excel Best Practices for Business
About the Author
Contents at a Glance
How to Use This Book
What You Need to Use This Book
What This Book Covers
Conventions Used in this Book
Icons Used in the Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Best Practice Essentials
Chapter 1: A Foundation for Developing Best Practices
Working with Different Ways To Compute a Number in Excel
Understanding Alternative Ways to Represent Cells
Computing a Number in Excel
Excel Functions
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 2: Mastering Spreadsheet Construction Techniques
One Size Does Not Fit All
Understanding Simple Spreadsheets
Building a Spreadsheet: A Simple Example
Complex Spreadsheets
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 3: Your Handy Reference for Manipulating Data
Excel String Manipulation Functions You Need to Know
Sorting Techniques
First Steps to Tidying Up Your Data
The Sentinel LookAhead Technique
Other Functions for Effective Data Manipulation
Useful Sorting Techniques
Data Surgery and Data Manipulation
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 4: Compiling, Managing, and Viewing Your Data
The Number Line-Up
Putting Data into Perspective with PivotTables
Preparing Your Data
Closing Thoughts
Part II: Spreadsheet Ergonomics
Chapter 5: Scaling the Peaks of Mt. Data
The Art of Data Slogging
Climbing Past the Foothills
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 6: Let the Data Speak for Itself: Viewing and Presenting Data
They Threw In the Kitchen Sink
Using Excel Filters
Presentation Tear Sheets
Advanced Filters
Tips for Spreadsheet Comments
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 7: Creating and Using Smart Data
What Is Smart Data, Anyhow?
Conditional Formatting.
From RAGs to Riches: An Interactive Array of Colors
Perimeter Surveillance: Smart Borders
Miscellaneous Topics
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 8: Analyzing Data
Charting Your Course in a Sea of Data
Quantifying Uncertainty: Techniques and Rules
Data Sculpting: Crafting Data with the Excel Goal Seek and Solver Tools
Suggestions for Further Reading
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 9: How Not to Get Stuck in the MUD ( Messed-Up Data)
Ambiguous and Incomplete Data
Inconsistent Data and Computations
Square Peg/Round Hole Scenario
Analyses/Reports Built on Too Much White Noise or Static
Closing Thoughts
Part III: Special Topics: Getting the Numbers Right
Chapter 10: Going for the Facelift: Spreadsheet Makeovers
Spreadsheet Makeover Techniques
A Hands-On Example of a Spreadsheet Makeover
Alternative Approaches
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 11: Spreadsheet Auditing: Challenging the Numbers of Others
Structural Analysis of Spreadsheets
Off-Spreadsheet Analysis
State Transition Analysis
Testing the Reasonableness of Spreadsheets
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 12: Spreadsheet Portals, XML, and Web Services
Spreadsheet Portals and Desktop Client Portals
Simple Client Portals
Complex Spreadsheet Portals
XML in Excel 2003
The XML "Staircase" Problem in Excel 2003 ( and Other Things to Keep in Sight)
Web Services - with a Twist
Closing Thoughts
Chapter 13: Assistive Technologies and Assistive Portals
The Economics of Making Spreadsheets Accessible
Setting Up a Screen Reader
Spreadsheets with Screen Readers
Spreadsheet Structure
Graphical Components
Road Map for Creating the Assistive Portal
An Important Design Strategy: Remove Hardwired Dependencies
Assistive Portals
Closing Thoughts
Appendix A: Excel Configuration and Setup.
Backward Compatibility
Configuring Excel
Changing Additional Settings
Appendix B: Information for Macintosh Users
Appendix C: Excel Best Practice Techniques and Hip Pocket Tips
Appendix D: What's on the CD-ROM
System Requirements
Using the CD with Windows
Using the CD with the Mac OS
What's on the CD
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