Xcelsius Engage 2008

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Description:
This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of how to create interactive visualizations based on Microsoft Excel workbooks using Xcelsius Engage 2008. By the end of the course, you will understand how to use the Xcelsius tools, determine which components best represent different types of information, set up the relationships between these components, and bind the models to live data.
Prerequisites:
The course is intended for inexperienced Xcelsius Engage 2008 users who need to acquire proficiency with building interactive visualizations based on Microsoft Excel workbooks and for the technical user who will connect existing models to live data sources
Benefits :
Xcelsius Engage is an easy introduction to dashboarding functionality. In just a few hours, you can create business dashboards and data presentations from spreadsheets and corporate databases and share them live through Crystal Reports, Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF, and the Web. Xcelsius Engage provides end users with access to up-to-the-minute company data in a simple and actionable interface.
The business benefit of this course is that you will be able to create interactive visualizations that allow users of all levels of expertise to understand complex data, perform "what-if" analysis in a simple-to-use format to spotlight problems and resolve issues, and create presentations and reports.
Getting around in Xcelsius :
Create a blank XLF
Import an Excel file
Navigate in Xcelsius
Change component visibility using the Object Browser
Crop the canvas
Define the canvas size
Change the layout of the Xcelsius interface
Working with your Excel workbook :
Replace the embedded Excel workbook
Copy data from an Excel file to the embedded Excel workbook
Visualizing data with charts :
Define the available charts
Create a chart with a data range
Create a chart with series
Create a chart with ignore end blanks
Create a chart with a secondary axis
Using Xcelsius components :
Define the available single value components
Create an interactive model
Create an interactive model with play options
Add graphics and backgrounds
Create a model with a Panel Container
Create a model with a Tab Set Container
Create a model with a value-based alert
Create a model with a percentage-based alert
Add text to a model
Define other available components
Create a model with an interactive calendar
Create a model with a local scenario button
Create a model with a Trend Analyzer
Create a model with a History component
Add a URL to a model
Distributing your visualization :
Take a snapshot from preview mode
Export to Flash or HTML
Publish to PowerPoint, Outlook, Adobe PDF, or Word
Export to BusinessObjects Enterprise as a SWF or an XLF file
Formatting a model :
Change the appearance of a component
Change the font for a model
Apply a color scheme to a model
Apply a theme to a model
Create a model from a template
Create a template from a model
Adding interactivity with selectors :
Define the available selectors
Create a model with a list box selector
Create a model with a radio button selector
Create a model with a graphic selector
Create a model with table output
Create a model with a table selector
Create a model with a drill down chart
Create a model with a list builder
Create an interactive map
Create a model with a selector that contains alerts
Adding dynamic visibility :
Create a model with dynamic visibility using data insertion
Create a model with dynamic visibility using a formula
Create an interactive map with graphics
Create a multi-layer model
Live data connectivity :
Connect to XML-compliant databases
Connect to SOAP-based Web services