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Chapter 12. Working with PivotTable and ... > In the Real World—Visualizing Data

In the Real World—Visualizing Data

Database developers, who deal with tables and query result sets on a daily basis, tend to forget that consumers of their products aren't necessarily fond of tabular data. Having to scan—let alone digest—reams of tabular data, whether on paper or PC monitor, is one of the curses of the cubicle.

Management executives primarily are interested in trends and exceptions. Only when trends go the wrong way or exceptions hit the bottom line are suits (middle management) or pinstripes (top execs, bankers, eastern venture capitalists) likely to be interested in detail data. Well-designed PivotTables let users control the amount of detail displayed, subject to the performance issues that result from using very large data sets to provide multiple drill-down levels. PivotChart's Drill Into and Out feature makes drill-down simple enough for management types to use.


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