In-depth Excel Training, Executive Dashboards & Business Data Analysis

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This month's training is starting tomorrow and we already have confirmed participants from Nestle, DDB Lagos and Airtel. Others that showed interest but couldn't make the timing were from companies like SABMiller and Huawei. 

It's a very hands-on training aimed at professionals who would need excellent Excel and Business data analysis skills to boost their productivity and strategic creativity at work. So we focused more on getting sales managers and business analysts working for multinationals. 

Next month we are planning a very special training. It will cover how to make awesome and insights rich executive dashboards, how to build a template from scratch that will capture every relevant KPI and how to represent the different forms of data the business generates. It will also be an in-depth Excel training and the participants will go home with a DVD containing the videos of the training and the practice files used. You can register for the training here: In-depth Excel Training, Executive Dashboards & Business Data Analysis 

The content outline is:

1) Data Manipulation in Excel 
a. How Excel handles different data types 
b. Data consistency, starting with the end in view 
c. Building Datasheets that can easily scale 
d. Sorting 
i. Cascaded sorting 
ii. Sorting across rows (left to right sorting, not the usual up to down sorting) 
iii. Sorting and Conditional Formatting to identify trends 
e. Filtering 
f. Data cleaning 
i. Removing duplicates 
ii. Text-to-column 
iii. Grouping 
iv. Data Validation 
v. Conditional Formatting 
g. Data formatting 
i. Using Tables (and when to convert to tables) 
ii. Formatting for printing 
iii. Formatting for email 
iv. Data Review and formatting for 3rd party use 
h. Named Ranges 

2) Charts 
a. Chart types 
i. Line chart and when to use it 
ii. Column chart and when to use it 
iii. Bar chart and when to use it 
iv. Pie chart and it’s dangers 
b. Combining charts; when and how. 
c. Dynamic Charts, using filter. 
d. Best practices when making charts 
e. Sparklines 
f. Power Map and Power View (Excel 2013) 

3) Pivot Table, Pivot Chart and PowerPivot 
a. Pivot Table 
i. Default Pivot Table 
ii. Tabular Pivot Table 
iii. Pivot Table Filtering 
iv. Making a very dynamic regular table from Pivot Table 
v. Calculations and Formula use with Pivot Table 
vi. Advanced Pivot Table tricks 
b. Pivot Chart 
i. Pivot Chart and its limitations 
ii. Dynamic Pivot Charts 
c. PowerPivot (for Excel 2010 and 2013) only 

4) Business Data Analysis 
a. Linking sheets 
b. Duplicating sheets (better than copy and paste) 
c. Inserting sheets, labeling and coloring the professional way 
d. Freezing Panes and splitting windows 
e. Conditional formatting 
i. To identify patterns 
ii. Using formulae 
iii. To make extremely intelligent reports 
f. Lookup functions 
i. Vlookup 
ii. Hlookup 
iii. Looking up the last data or pattern in a particular row or column 
iv. Overcoming the limitations of Vlookup and Hlookup using index and match functions 
g. Power Functions 
i. IF, IFERROR, AND, OR, ISBLANK, and others in the same family 
ii. TEXT manipulative functions to make a completely automated Dashboard 
iii. COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS and others, to make dynamic summary tables 
iv. MATCH and INDEX to do the impossible 
h. Other Functions 
i. Math Functions 
ii. Text Functions 
iii. Logical 
iv. Others 
i. Formula Auditing 
j. Goal Seek, Scenario Manager and Solver 
k. Excel Web Query 
l. Most useful Excel keyboard shortcuts 

5) Executive Dashboards and Reporting 
a. Best Practices
b. Executive Dashboards
i. Executive Dasboards 
ii. Balanced Scorecards 
iii. Determining the KPIs and tracking them 
iv. Strategic Insights & Analysis 
c. Data Visualization
d. Having the audience/recipient in mind
e. E-mails and Excel reports

6) Excel to PowerPoint and Word 
a. Linking PowerPoint/Word Charts to Excel
b. Embedding Excel sheets in PowerPoint/Word
c. Making a Powerful PowerPoint Presentation

7) Excel VBA 
a. Recording Excel macros


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