Master the tools that transform the information in spreadsheets, databases, and servers into faster, better business decisions. Packed with expert insights and practical Your Turn exercises, this essential guide shows how to use the data analysis capabilities in Microsoft Office applications to capture data, analyze trends, identify risks and seize opportunities. It covers everything from mastering the basics of sorting, filtering, and formatting data to performing sophisticated what if scenarios, analyzing multidimensional data, and even creating automated data analysis solutions. Discover how to turn data into results! Help numbers tell the story with compelling, well designed Excel charts, graphs, and reports Use PivotTable and PivotChart dynamic views to detect patterns and evaluate trends Use Data Analyzer to perform detailed analyses and present information in dynamic pie charts, bar graphs, and other views Publish and analyze data over the Web using Office Web Components Learn techniques to interpret and exchange XML data Analyze large databases using the OLAP features in Microsoft Excel Write code to automate data analysis and reporting solutions Implement a database maintenance plan that helps keep data accurate, accessible, and secure Get tools and sample files on CD, including: Add ins for Microsoft Access and Excel, including Report Manager, XML Spreadsheet, and OLAP CubeCellValue Dozens of sample PivotTables and PivotCharts to experiment with Office XP Web Component Toolpack Multimedia Data Analyzer tutorial Fully searchable eBook More code, databases, and extras to put your data to work!