Leverage the Computational Power of Python With More Than 60 Recipes That Arm You With the Required Skills to Make Informed Business Decisions
(Without Having To Get Another Degree)
The amount of data produced by businesses and devices is going nowhere but up. Python, a “general-purpose language”, provides the flexibility and power needed to make sense of it all. Python has mature tools for specialized analysis tasks, processing data streams, visualizing datasets, and carrying out scientific calculations. Using Python for business intelligence (BI) can help you solve tricky problems quickly and easily.
Rather than spending day after day scouring Internet forums for “how-to” information, in the Python Business Intelligence Cookbook, you’ll find more than 60 recipes that take you through the entire process of creating actionable intelligence from your raw data, no matter what shape or form it’s in. Within the first 30 minutes of opening this book, you’ll learn how to use the latest in Python and NoSQL databases to glean insights from data just waiting to be exploited.
We’ll begin with a quick-fire introduction to Python for BI and show you what problems Python solves. From there, we move on to working with a predefined data set to extract data as per business requirements, using the Pandas library and MongoDB as our storage engine.
Next, we will analyze data and perform transformations for BI with Python. Through this, you will gather insightful data that will help you make informed decisions for your business. The final part of the book will show you the most important task of BI—visualizing data by building stunning dashboards using Matplotlib, PyTables, and iPython Notebook.
Who This Book Is For
This book is intended for data analysts, managers, and executives with a basic knowledge of Python, who now want to use Python for their BI tasks. If you have a good knowledge and understanding of BI applications and have a “working” system in place, this book will enhance your toolbox.
What This Book Will Help You Do
- Minimize risk and optimize the profits of your business by creating efficient analytical reports with ease using this highly practical, easy-to-follow guide.
- Develop actionable insights by exploring and analyzing your business data, and build business intelligence dashboards that keep them a mouse click away.
- Make more informed business decisions using data at hand by applying Python for business intelligence tasks—preparing, exploring, analyzing, visualizing and reporting.
The Valuable Knowledge You’ll Gain
The Python Business Intelligence Cookbook is a cookbook, meaning you can use each recipe by itself. However, I wrote the book in such a way that you can tie all of the recipes together to create a complete system. After reading the book, you’ll be able to: