Books

Books 2018-05-07T18:49:35+00:00

Below is a selection of books on Tableau / data visualization I have authored or contributed to.

Practical Tableau | 100 Tips, Tutorials, and Strategies from a Tableau Zen Master

Whether you have some experience with Tableau software or are just getting started, this manual goes beyond the basics to help you build compelling, interactive data visualization applications. Author Ryan Sleeper, one of the world’s most qualified Tableau consultants, complements his web posts and instructional videos with this guide to give you a firm understanding of how to use Tableau to find valuable insights in data.

Over five sections, Sleeper—recognized as a Tableau Zen Master, Tableau Public Visualization of the Year author, and Tableau Iron Viz Champion—provides visualization tips, tutorials, and strategies to help you avoid the pitfalls and take your Tableau knowledge to the next level.

Practical Tableau sections include:

  • Fundamentals: get started with Tableau from the beginning
  • Chart types: use step-by-step tutorials to build a variety of charts in Tableau
  • Tips and tricks: learn innovative uses of parameters, color theory, how to make your Tableau workbooks run efficiently, and more
  • Framework: explore the INSIGHT framework, a proprietary process for building Tableau dashboards
  • Storytelling: learn tangible tactics for storytelling with data, including specific and actionable tips you can implement immediately
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Sport Business Analytics | Using Data to Increase Revenue and Improve Operational Efficiency

Developing and implementing a systematic analytics strategy can result in a sustainable competitive advantage within the sport business industry. This timely and relevant book provides practical strategies to collect data and then convert that data into meaningful, value-added information and actionable insights. Its primary objective is to help sport business organizations utilize data-driven decision-making to generate optimal revenue from such areas as ticket sales and corporate partnerships. To that end, the book includes in-depth case studies from such leading sports organizations as the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Duke University, and the Aspire Group.

The core purpose of sport business analytics is to convert raw data into information that enables sport business professionals to make strategic business decisions that result in improved company financial performance and a measurable and sustainable competitive advantage. Readers will learn about the role of big data and analytics in:

  • Ticket pricing
  • Season ticket member retention
  • Fan engagement
  • Sponsorship valuation
  • Customer relationship management
  • Digital marketing
  • Market research
  • Data visualization.

This book examines changes in the ticketing marketplace and spotlights innovative ticketing strategies used in various sport organizations. It shows how to engage fans with social media and digital analytics, presents techniques to analyze engagement and marketing strategies, and explains how to utilize analytics to leverage fan engagement to enhance revenue for sport organizations.

Filled with insightful case studies, this book benefits both sports business professionals and students. The concluding chapter on teaching sport analytics further enhances its value to academics.

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The Big Book of Dashboards | Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios

The definitive reference book with real-world solutions you won’t find anywhere else

The Big Book of Dashboards presents a comprehensive reference for those tasked with building or overseeing the development of business dashboards.

Comprising dozens of examples that address different industries and departments (healthcare, transportation, finance, human resources, marketing, customer service, sports, etc.) and different platforms (print, desktop, tablet, smartphone, and conference room display) The Big Book of Dashboards is the only book that matches great dashboards with real-world business scenarios.

By organizing the book based on these scenarios and offering practical and effective visualization examples, The Big Book of Dashboards will be the trusted resource that you open when you need to build an effective business dashboard.

In addition to the scenarios there’s an entire section of the book that is devoted to addressing many practical and psychological factors you will encounter in your work. It’s great to have theory and evidenced-based research at your disposal, but what will you do when somebody asks you to make your dashboard ‘cooler’ by adding packed bubbles and donut charts?

The expert authors have a combined 30-plus years of hands-on experience helping people in hundreds of organizations build effective visualizations. They have fought many ‘best practices’ battles and having endured bring an uncommon empathy to help you, the reader of this book, survive and thrive in the data visualization world.

A well-designed dashboard can point out risks, opportunities, and more; but common challenges and misconceptions can make your dashboard useless at best, and misleading at worst. The Big Book of Dashboards gives you the tools, guidance, and models you need to produce great dashboards that inform, enlighten, and engage.

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