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Creating a Web Analytics Report in SAS Visual Analytics 8.1

2017-06-19 – 9:50 AM
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Recently I was asked to create a Web Analytics dashboard on spec. I decided to use the latest version SAS Visual Analytics 8.1 so I could review the new features. When we wrote the Introduction to SAS Visual Analytics book, we were using beta versions of the application. Here’s some of the process I used while working on creating the Web Analytics report.
Getting the Right …

Designing Dashboards: Sending Your Style Vibe

2017-01-21 – 12:24 PM
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OK I admit it, I’m a font geek.If I visit a website with a gross font, I don’t go back. It’s true. Want me to adore you?  Send me an email in my favorite font – it will impress me. It communicates your style vibe and if we are on the same wavelength, then you must be adorable!!
Style is what makes users want to look …

SAS Visual Analytics: Design Versus Reality

2016-10-05 – 7:12 AM
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Recently, Alan Hjemsted Muller from Denmark contacted me with some additional ideas about he had with solving dashboard issues. He provided a gorgeous dashboard that is used in the Elsinore Municipality.

This dashboard (in Danish) – it is about a kindergarten.  He offered to send it in English but I like it in Danish. It allows you to focus more on the design because your eyes are …

Need a Dynamic X-Axis with Your SAS Visual Analytics Report?

2016-07-31 – 11:52 AM
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I like to read the SAS Visual Analytics area of SAS Communities site. From the site I have overcome issues I had as well as learned other ways to think how you can solve common issues. As many long time SAS users know – there’s always more than one way to accomplish something with SAS! Recently, as user was asking how to expand parameters to create a …

Planning Your SAS Visual Analytics Dashboard

2016-06-06 – 6:41 AM
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A dashboard starts with planning. In my last post, we talked about gauges and when you want to use them. In this post, we will apply the gauges to a dashboard. Gauges cannot live by themselves – they need supporting information. It must be clear how the information supports the gauges. I’ll use the same dashboard but with some different gauges. You can determine what worked …