Creating Reports and Dashboards with Google Data Studio and BigQuery Data #

In my experience, Google Data Studio and BigQuery have proven to be an exceptional duo for crafting engaging, data-rich reports and dashboards. Here, I'd like to share how I use these powerful tools to visualize and analyze vast amounts of data.

Step 1: Preparing BigQuery Data #

The first step in my workflow is to get my data ready in BigQuery.

  1. I start by going to the BigQuery console on the Google Cloud Platform.
  2. Here, I create a new project or select an existing one.
  3. Within the chosen project, I establish my dataset.
  4. Once my dataset is in place, I import the relevant data into BigQuery tables.

Step 2: Linking BigQuery with Google Data Studio #

Next, I connect BigQuery to Google Data Studio, which lets me start working on my visualizations.

  1. I head over to Google Data Studio and initiate a new report.
  2. In the 'Create new data source' section, I select 'BigQuery'.
  3. From there, I pick my project, dataset, and table.
  4. I then click 'Connect', creating a link between Data Studio and BigQuery.

Step 3: Crafting the Report/Dashboard #

Now, with my data linked, I can begin constructing my report or dashboard.

  1. I drag and drop various elements (like graphs, charts, tables, and more) onto my report page.
  2. Then, I select the appropriate data from my BigQuery tables to populate these elements.
  3. I customize the style, layout, and arrangement of the elements according to my preferences or the needs of the report.

Step 4: Distributing the Report/Dashboard #

Once my report or dashboard is ready, I make it accessible to my team or clients.

  1. I click on the 'Share' button in Google Data Studio.
  2. Then, I either share the direct link or send an email invitation allowing others to view or edit the report/dashboard.

From my experience, these steps provide an efficient way to build comprehensive reports and dashboards in Google Data Studio using BigQuery data. The real-time collaboration feature in Google Data Studio lets my team work simultaneously on the same dashboard, which often improves productivity and expedites decision-making processes.

In my opinion, becoming proficient in these steps can help you fully leverage the capabilities of Google's data solutions, leading to valuable insights for your business or project.

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