#datamustread 2022 Essentials: How to Level Up In Your Data Journey

#datamustread 2022 Essentials

For some time now, I have been using the hashtag #datamustread on LinkedIn and Twitter to regularly recommend books that are essential for a data journey. At the end of this year, I would like to put together some absolute highlights that I consider to be absolute #datamustread books:

📖 True or False by Cindy L. Otis
📖 Info We Trust by RJ Andrew
📖 Tools and Weapons by Brad Smith
📖 Data Science for Business by Foster Provost and Tom Fawcett
📖 Decisively Digital by 24 thought leaders interviewed by me

True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News

True or False by Cindy L. Otis covers the entire spectrum of misinformation and disinformation, why we fall for it, and what we can do about it. Even though some concepts are familiar to me, I still learned quite a lot. The book contains a wealth of unexpected examples, current and from history, and is more relevant than ever in today’s world.

Get True or False on Amazon.

Info We Trust: How to Inspire the World with Data

Info We Trust by RJ Andrews is an inspiring journey of data storytelling, but it’s also written in an extremely entertaining way, making this #datamustread the perfect companion for relaxing days. RJ’s enjoyable writing style, by the way, has been a guiding light for my own books.
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10 Lessons the Post-Pandemic Era has taught us

Decisively Digital book
Decisively Digital book

10 lessons the post-pandemic era (PPE) has taught us:

    1. Most office work can be done from anywhere.
    2. Face-to-face meetings can be avoided in 90% of cases.
    3. Most meetings can be reduced to 30 minutes.
    4. Breaks between meetings are important to stay focused.
    5. Important decisions for society (politics and economy) are made by non-experts out of fear.
    6. Social media is increasingly used for spreading disinformation. Countermeasures are currently ineffective.
    7. Four-day weeks are not only feasible but will become inevitable to avoid layoffs.
    8. The education system, which is the backbone of our future, is outdated.
    9. Investments in digital infrastructure bring humanity forward in a sustainable way.
    10. It is essential to secure this digital infrastructure comprehensively so as not to expose society to dangers such as nationwide blackouts.

Many of these points are covered in depth in the Decisively Digital book.

What are your personal learnings from the pandemic and beyond? Join the discussion on LinkedIn:

Join the #bookaweekchallenge for a Chance to win a copy of Decisively Digital

Join the #bookaweekchallenge with 7 days of Decisively Digital
Join the #bookaweekchallenge with 7 days of Decisively Digital

My book Decisively Digital: From Creating a Culture to Designing Strategy (➡️Amazon) is guest at Christina Stathopoulos and her #bookaweekchallenge on LinkedIn. Join Christina as she reflects on her journey through the book with several LinkedIn posts.

Christina’s posts can be found further down this blog along with a variety of interesting comments and opinions. Feel free to join the discussion on LinkedIn! You also have the chance to participate in our raffle and win one of three copies of Decisively Digital! Good luck!

Now I’ll turn it over to Christina, who kicks off the challenge with the following introduction to Decisively Digital (day 1):

No one can argue that today’s business landscape is DIGITAL, you’ve got to stay ahead of the curve or you’ll quickly fall behind. It’s Digital or… Disappear.

Jam-packed with insights, this book includes 24 interviews with leaders of the digital revolution covering:

💻 Digital Culture & Modern Work (day 2)
📊 Data Democracy & Analytics (day 3)
☁️ Big Data Processing & Cloud Computing (day 4)
🤖 Artificial Intelligence (day 5)
📳 Process Automation, Blockchain & IoT (day 6)

Plus:

💡 Wrap-up and Raffle (day 7)
🎁 Announcement of Winners (day 8)

Day 1: 🚀 Introduction to Decisively Digital

Day 2: 💻 Digital Culture & Modern Work

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25,000 Followers on LinkedIn!

My LinkedIn profile when reaching 25,000 followers. Thank you very much!
My LinkedIn profile when reaching 25,000 followers. Thank you very much!

⭐ Last month, I exceeded 25,000 data followers on LinkedIn ⭐

I couldn’t have done this without you!

I’m thrilled that my content continues to help and inspire the broader 📊 data community on LinkedIn and on Twitter (➡️ @xlth). Feedback from data enthusiasts around the world motivates me to publish 📈 analytics tutorials and introduce 📖 #datamustread books.

Also, thanks again for your active support on the 400-page 📘 Decisively Digital  (➡️ Amazon). A project that I probably would not have realized without your encouragement. Thank you!

Let’s celebrate this milestone – with a LinkedIn post, of course:

How to create a Skyscraper Map with Azure Maps in Power BI (Bar Chart Map)

Skyscraper Map in Power BI, aka. bar chart map, or bar chart on a map
Skyscraper Map in Power BI, aka. bar chart map, or bar chart on a map

Have you ever seen a bar chart on a map?

I prefer to call this visualization a skyscraper map because you can picture these bars on a map as skyscrapers.

You can use a skyscraper map for displaying geodata along values. The skyscraper map is a combination of a map with locations and a bar chart. The location can represent a city, a country, or some other type of place. As with a bar chart, the height or volume of each bar is proportional to the values it represents.

How to create a Skyscraper Map with Azure Maps in Power BI

First, you need to make sure that the Azure Maps preview feature is enabled in Power BI to create a skyscraper map. This tutorial is based on the Retail Analysis Sample dataset.

1    Click on the Azure Map icon of the Visualization pane.

2 Extend the filled map visual by dragging the lower right corner

3  Select PostalCode from the Fields Plane.

Power BI assigned Country to the Location field.

4  Select TotalSales from the Fields Plane.

Power BI assigned Sales to the Bubble size field.

5    Click on the Format your Visual section.

6          Disable the Bubble layer switch

7          Enable the Bar chart layer switch

8 Expand the Bar chart layer pane

9 Expand the Size pane

10  Select 4 px for Height

11  Select 3 px for Width

You created a skyscraper map that shows sales by zip codes in your data set. Download the PBIX file.