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Cloud vs Local Installations: Where Should You Keep Your Data?

Cloud vs Local Installations: Where Should You Keep Your Data?

Cloud computing has been a major growth area in the world of technology over the last decade or so. In our personal lives, we all use cloud-based Internet services, and store data on the cloud, probably without giving it any real thought at all. Yet for many businesses, the cloud is a place they ... Read more

How To Create Transaction Assumptions For Leveraged Buyouts

How To Create Transaction Assumptions For Leveraged Buyouts

Modeling a Leveraged Buyout (or LBO) in Excel is a process with several steps. The first step is to create transaction assumptions. Transaction assumptions help determine the actual funds required to complete the transaction. This can be quite different to the purchase price when fees and equity ... Read more

Choosing the Right Charts for Your Dashboard

Choosing the Right Charts for Your Dashboard

As we explained in a previous post, a dashboard consists of a collection of charts and other visuals combined into a single screen interface. The choice of charts to use can have a big impact on the effectiveness of a dashboard. In this ... Read more

What's the Difference Between Excel and Tableau?

What's the Difference Between Excel and Tableau?

Excel has been the dominant software for data analysis for many years. Although people like to complain about Excel, there has to be some reason why it obtained that level of popularity in the first place, and in reality it is pretty useful for most ... Read more

Learn How to Make Better Business Decisions with Influence Diagrams

Learn How to Make Better Business Decisions with Influence Diagrams

When you're modeling a business problem, it's generally tempting to start the analytics as quickly as possible. Whether you're using Excel or another promising new tool, this can be a bad idea. You should always spend some time structuring your model in order to understand the variables and how ... Read more

How to Design Business Dashboards: Think Before You Create

How to Design Business Dashboards: Think Before You Create

Dashboards are a popular, effective tool for managers and other business people to better understand their companies through data analytics. In recent years, the development and the growing popularity of visualization tools like Tableau and Power BI has facilitated the expansion of business ... Read more

How Much Does Power BI Cost? An In-Depth Look

How Much Does Power BI Cost? An In-Depth Look

Microsoft’s Power BI has been shaking up the market for self-service business intelligence applications. However, it doesn’t follow the usual Microsoft pricing model. Historically, Microsoft products have been sold as a large upfront purchase, or as a monthly or ... Read more

Anatomy Of A Data Scandal: Facebook - Cambridge Analytica fallout

Anatomy Of A Data Scandal: Facebook - Cambridge Analytica fallout

GDPR is coming soon. The General Data Protection Regulation is being introduced by the European Union on 25th May 2018. The new law on data privacy and data protection significantly strengthens European citizen’s rights to online privacy and control of their ... Read more

6 Common Chart Mistakes To Avoid When Presenting Data

6 Common Chart Mistakes To Avoid When Presenting Data


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Graphs and charts are wonderful things. They give you the power to explain what’s in your dataset while requiring you to write only a small amount of dreary text. However, ... Read more

What Makes a Good Manager?

What Makes a Good Manager?

'Manager.'

It's an important role.  Some people think being manager means you are the boss, but in fact what you are, for all intents and purposes, is an enabler;Read more

How to Construct a Sensitivity Chart in Excel

How to Construct a Sensitivity Chart in Excel


When you are modelling a business problem in Excel, you will often want to know how the output of your model is affected by changes in some of the input variables. To do this you use sensitivity analysis, which is so called because you are ... Read more

Why Your Business Should Learn Tableau

Why Your Business Should Learn Tableau

Over the past few years, many large organizations have adopted business intelligence platforms like Tableau and are rolling them out to varying degrees of success. If your engagement has a heavy data analysis component, it’s highly likely that your clients will expect you to use toolkits like ... Read more