IMA Greater Seattle is hosting its first CPE seminars this year. Due to popular demand, the theme of the seminar will be Information Technology. We welcome our guest speakers from Microsoft to discuss brand new features in Excel. Our feature speaker is Zack Mazzoncini, founder of Data Story Academy and a Co-Founder of Seattle-based data and analytics firm Decisive Data, who will be presenting on his Art+Data process for visualizing stories with Data.
Please bring a laptop with Tableau Desktop and Excel installed
(More info below)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm : Lunch
1:00 pm- 1:50 pm: What’s new in Excel
2:00 pm- 5:00 pm: Telling your data story with the Art + Data methodology
Telling your data story with the Art + Data methodology
In working with hundreds of organizations over the years, Zack has noticed a common problem the majority of companies struggle with. They’ve invested significant time, energy and money in gaining access to their data and preparing it for use in the business. Yet they overlook one critical piece of the puzzle: developing capabilities to find and visualize the most important stories in their data.
In this presentation you will learn:
- The three step Art + Data process.
- 10 Data Storytelling techniques.
- Hands-on time to implement the process and techniques using a sample scenario or a real business scenario of your choice.
If you currently use Tableau Desktop, come with a dashboard you would like to re image leveraging the Art + Data Methodology.
If you don’t currently use Tableau, feel free to bring a dashboard in the platform of your choice or download a free trial of Tableau
Zack Mazzoncini is the founder of Data Story Academy and a Co-Founder of Seattle-based data and analytics firm Decisive Data. Over the years Zack has helped hundreds of organizations and individuals develop data-driven cultures centered around data storytelling. Zack’s personal mission statement is: “Change people’s lives for the better by being the best version of myself”.
Zack graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in communications, rhetoric and public speaking.
What’s new in Excel
We discuss a breadth of new features that capitalize on Artificial Intelligence, Business Intelligence and modern spreadsheeting:
Power Query enhances self-service business intelligence (BI) for Excel with an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources.
Intelligent cloud-backed Office 365 features such as Stocks and Geography data types open up Excel to recognize more than text and numbers and Ideas in Excel helps you identify interesting trends and patterns in your data, providing charts with formatting and titles as well as accelerating data analysis and understanding.
Dynamics Array revolutionize the modern spreadsheeting experience. With a set of new charts and our one-click forecasting feature, we’ve added more capabilities to reduce the amount of work the user has to do to get to the visualizations or analysis they want