The Excel Analyst's Guide to Access

  • ID: 2251630
  • Book
  • 624 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Use the right tool for the job

Like many managers, accountants, and analysts, you′ve been using Excel for data analysis. It′s a good tool, but you′re beginning to find its limitations frustrating. You′re looking for more scalability. More transparency of analytical processes. The ability to separate data from presentation.

Access makes it all possible, and this guide helps you add Access to your analytical toolbox. Learn the essentials of using Access, basic and advanced analysis techniques, how to build reports, and much more. Then you can choose the right tool for every job.

  • Easily move data between Excel and Access

  • Normalize and store Excel data in a structured relational database

  • Use Access to analyze large amounts of data

  • Use Excel pivot tables with Access data

  • Build reports and implement dashboard–style visualizations

  • Report Access data using Excel′s presentation layer

  • Automate redundant reporting and analysis using Excel and Access macros

  • Save time and increase productivity by automating redundant processes using VBA

  • Get external data using SQL, ADO, and XML

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Introduction xxix

Part I Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Access 1

Chapter 1 The Case for Data Analysis in Access 3

Chapter 2 Access Basics 13

Chapter 3 Beyond Select Queries 47

Part II Basic Analysis Techniques 87

Chapter 4 Transforming Your Data with Access 89

Chapter 5 Working with Calculations and Dates 113

Chapter 6 Performing Conditional Analysis 141

Part III Advanced Analysis Techniques 161

Chapter 7 Adding Dimension with Subqueries and Domain Aggregate Functions 163

Chapter 8 Running Descriptive Statistics in Access 189

Chapter 9 Scheduling and Running Batch Analysis 209

Chapter 10 Leveraging VBA to Enhance Data Analysis 243

Part IV Reports, Dashboards, and Visualization in Access 267

Chapter 11 Presenting Data with Access Reports 269

Chapter 12 Using Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts in Access 291

Chapter 13 Enhancing Queries and Reports with Visualizations 323

Part V Advanced Excel and Access Integration Techniques 345

Chapter 14 Getting Access Data into Excel 347

Chapter 15 Using VBA to Move Data between Excel and Access 365

Chapter 16 Exploring Excel and Access Automation 389

Chapter 17 Integrating Excel and Access with XML 423

Chapter 18 Integrating Excel and Other Office Applications 441

Part VI Appendixes 475

Appendix A Access VBA Fundamentals 477

Appendix B Understanding and Using SQL 489

Appendix C Query Performance, Database Corruption, and Other Thoughts 509

Appendix D Data Analyst s Function Reference 521

Index 563

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Michael Alexander is a Microsoft MVP and a veteran consultant. He creates and shares video tutorials with the Microsoft Excel and Access communities via www.datapigtechnologies.com. Mike has written several books on advanced business analysis, including Microsoft Access 2007 Data Analysis, also from Wiley.

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