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What is the Difference Between Alteryx and Tableau?

What is the Difference Between Alteryx and Tableau?

Alteryx and Tableau are two of the best known software products in the world of analytics. Both are used in many companies to obtain valuable insights from data. But what role does each of these products play in an organisation? Do the two products compete with each other or complement each ... Read more

How To Project Cash Flows After a Leveraged Buyout

How To Project Cash Flows After a Leveraged Buyout

Cash flows after a leveraged buyout can suffer as a result of taking on debt, the standard practice in the leveraged buyout (LBO) process. For the LBO to work, it's essential that the acquired company can afford the debt repayments that arise as a result of the transaction. This requires the ... Read more

When Designing Dashboards, Less Is More

When Designing Dashboards, Less Is More

Over the first four posts in this series, we’ve learned how to select charts, how to lay out a dashboard using those charts, and ... Read more

How to Build the Debt Schedule for a Leveraged Buyout

How to Build the Debt Schedule for a Leveraged Buyout

In a leveraged buyout using debt, one company purchases another using a significant amount of borrowed money to meet the cost of the acquisition. As a result, it is critically important that the company being acquired can afford to repay this debt in the future. Creating a debt schedule is ... Read more

5 Ways You Can Maximize the Impact of Your Charts

5 Ways You Can Maximize the Impact of Your Charts

Over a number of previous posts (here, here and here), we have learned ... Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of HR Analytics

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of HR Analytics

Nowadays, we’re all probably desensitized to being spied on. Social networks store enormous amounts of data on us, generating light and heat online but nothing more. State sponsored surveillance, in the guise of “security” elicits little more than a ... Read more

How to Create a Sources and Uses Table for a Leveraged Buyout Transaction

How to Create a Sources and Uses Table for a Leveraged Buyout Transaction

In a corporate finance transaction, such as a Leveraged Buyout, a sources and uses table outlines all the sources of funding for the transaction, and all the uses of this funding. These two amounts should balance, indicating all the funding required to complete the transaction is ... Read more

Improve the Layouts of Your Dashboards with These Quick Tips

Improve the Layouts of Your Dashboards with These Quick Tips

In the last post on dashboards, we saw how to select the appropriate chart for a given situation. Now, we’ll move on to the next phase of the dashboard creation process, and learn how to lay out the ... Read more

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