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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!
About the Author
Paul Cornell is a member of the Microsoft Office team and contributes to the “Office Power User Corner” column for the Office User Assistance Center, an online community on Microsoft.com. He also contributes to the “Office Talk” column on MSDN, the Microsoft Developer Network. Paul is a recognized expert in using the data analysis and programming capabilities across the Office suite.
Accessing and Analyzing Data with Microsoft Excel
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Accessing and Analyzing Data with Microsoft Excel / Paul Cornell.
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I want to thank my team at Microsoft, especially Jean Philippe Bagel, for allowing me to write this book. I’d like to thank Frank Rice for answering my Microsoft Access questions, Colin Wilcox for producing the Microsoft Data Analyzer tutorial included on the book’s CD, and Francois Ajenstat for writing the book’s foreword.
Thanks to the team at Microsoft Press, especially Alex Blanton and John Pierce, for their enthusiasm, helpfulness, and attention to detail as they guided this book through to print.
I want to thank my family: my wife, Shelley, for giving up a lot of our together time; my daughters, Zoe and Bailey, for giving up some play time with Daddy; and my parents for always encouraging me while I pursued my dreams. I love all of you.
Finally, I want to thank God for giving me the knowledge and opportunity to write this book.
About the Author
Paul Cornell works as a writer and an editor for the Microsoft Office Help team. He has worked on several Office Help projects, including the Microsoft Office Visual Basic Language Reference, Office XP Web Services Toolkit Help, Microsoft Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies Help, and the Microsoft Data Analyzer Tutorial.
In addition to writing and editing technical articles for the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Paul contributes to the Office Power User Corner column at the Microsoft Office Assistance Center (http://office.microsoft.com/ Assistance) and the Office Talk column at the Microsoft Office Developer Center (http://msdn.microsoft.com/office).
Paul lives with his wife and two daughters in Washington State.
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