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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 …

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 …

SAS Visual Analytics: Modern Theme Vs Classic Theme

2016-05-08 – 1:03 PM
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At the SAS Global Forum 2016 the SAS Viya platform was announced and part of the platform was SAS Visual Analytics and SAS Visual Statistics converting to the HTML5 interface. Noticeable changes were that the Designer and the Explorer have merged into one interface and there is a spiffy new color Modern theme. Dr. Goodnight said the expected release of the tool was projected to …