Power BI has for some time been equipped with feature that enables it to analyze data, and then on the basis of them it is proposed to create appropriate visuals. From recent time such option exists in Excel, and for the time being it can only be used by Office 365 subscribers. This option is called Ideas. Let’s look at how Excel can offer you clues to help you get the most out of your data!

Mekko chart

Mekko chart is a type of Stacked Column chart where columns are expanded in such a way that series are merged, so it’s an excellent choice to show sales through market segments. In most cases, we will use 100% Stacked Column, and there is also a subspecies of this chart called a ridge, which is actually a Stacked Column with a peak emphasized by a bold line to emphasize the trends …

Population pyramid chart

Population pyramid is a subclass of the Bar chart chart that is conenient when we need to show results of the research in which we compare two populations. Most often we compare the percentage representation. These can be answers, in relation to the age, how many survey members responded with the “YES” and how many with “NO”, we can compare the number of men and women which belong to a certain population, etc.

3D models and icons

Excel 2019 comes with two new types of graphic object,; these are 3D models and icons. 3D models are vector models of objects that we can add from the location on the disk or the Internet, and serve to better illustrate the data in the table. For example, if table contains a work order 3D model may be the product design we make. Icons are 2D graphic objects (SVG) that we can use in a similar way.

Filled maps

Excel 2019 has got a new type of maps that we can use to illustrate the data from the spreadsheets we’ve made. Actually, this is just another chart that we can add from Insert ribbon or after launching the Recommended Charts option. It allows us to create filled maps, where each country from the given dataset is filled by a color according to given values.