Zoho Creator : Say it with charts

Zoho Creator | July 14, 2015 | 2 min read

Today, the way people consume information has evolved – we look for information that conveys the whole idea in a single step. A study at the University of Minnesota, found that visual aids are 43 percent more effective in persuading your audience than text alone. While compiling large amounts of data in our business reports, there is often a need to answer several questions to arrive at meaningful decisions. Say for an instance, while creating sales reports, you often have to answer questions like – “What are the monthly sales of your stores in the north-east region?” or “What are the highest revenue generating products of your store?”. Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts can help you visualize data and make informed decisions.

Apart from making data collection downright simple, Zoho Creator can help you with your reporting and analytical needs. Pivot Tables from Zoho Creator can help you slice and dice your data in the following ways:

Break down your data
Let’s assume you own ‘Starmark Stationary Company’. You would want to keep a regular check on the products’  performance in the market and the sales  from each of the stores in the East, West and Central regions of the state. Pivot Table swings into action, doing hours worth of work in an instant.

Region-wide Sales Report

Design dynamic layouts
Once you have created your pivot table, you might want to improve the readability of the report and make it more attractive. With pivot tables you can easily move fields around to tell different stories about your data. The following are the different layouts that could be created based on the source data set.

Quarterly Sales report- Layout-1

Yearly Sales Report- Layout-2

Discover trends and patterns
To compare the quarterly sales data of all your stores, select ‘Quarter’ from the drop-down list using the ‘filter‘ option in your pivot table. Based on this report, you could infer that the ‘binder’ is the most fast-selling product across all regions. Using this trend, you could decide to stock more binders in your inventory.

Yearly Sales Report - trend

Visualize data in seconds
Now that you’ve summarized your data using pivot tables, you could use pivot charts to visualise data in a more comprehensive manner.

Regional Sales Report- Charts

Pivot tables come in handy when you are working with large data sets in your applications. So go ahead,and start saying it with charts! Tell us how you’ve used pivots to visualize your data better.