As information gathering booms and storage solutions trying to catch up, rationalizing data hit a barrier; the data itself has been getting profoundly sloppy. This made ETL solutions and visualization tools the focal point of the industry. The two need to work in harmony to reverberate the truth hidden in rows. In this tutorial, we will be covering how PowerPivot and VisArt cooperate to provide even better efficiency in analyzing and visualizing your data.

PowerPivot is a free Microsoft Excel add-in. It has seen tremendous use for its utility in organizing and creating connections with any kind of data. Instead of using VLOOKUP everywhere, you can connect tables a lot easier using PowerPivot. It can crunch practically infinite number of rows, reducing the file size substantially.

VisArt, on the other hand; is a simple, yet powerful, web-based data visualization tool. Users can create online dashboards in a matter of minutes. When ran together, these two can work miracles when it comes to visualizing data.

First, we start with the data gathered from a source(s) in a form that can be used in the next steps. It is then shaped and made ready for loading to the database. So, assuming an Excel file to be the data source; PowerPivot handles the second step and VisArt does the rest. The formerly-complicated data becomes a cube, ready to be shaped.

Once installed, PowerPivot will appear as a new tab on Excel’s control panel. Here, you can access the PowerPivot controls and add data to the model or update existing connections. Do you have several workbooks and want to put them all in a single database? You can keep using the tedious VLOOKUP function, but creating such connections in PowerPivot is a lot easier and more reliable.

PowerPivot can extract data from various sources (including tables in Excel), but keeps the data in a separate place. Once you save the data model, it will simply be integrated into the Excel document.

In this example, we are going to be using a spreadsheet from a HR department, which consists of wages and other details about the employees.

Once the data is in PowerPivot model, save the spreadsheet, and the document is ready for the last step; visualizing. Primitive Excel charts can only do so much. Companies often need to take it to the next level by utilizing modern solutions, which make putting a lot more insightful information in a smaller space a no-brainer.

First step is to upload the document to VisArt cloud. Simply login to your account and import the file. You will get an empty canvas, ready to be filled with assorted charts, stylish diagrams, detailed maps and other visualizations. You certainly don’t have to be a visualization expert to utilize the vast array of options; every visualization was designed with the end user in mind.

Thanks to a minimal learning curve and a friendly UI, creating a dashboard of this scale only takes a few minutes. The best part is, a really complicated dashboard will again, need only a few minutes of your time to become online with VisArt.

The key benefits here are; reduced file size, faster response, ease of setting up connections, while sharing your data in a safe, collaborative environment. When combined; PowerPivot and VisArt will provide an astute overview of your business challenge not in days, but right when you need it.