I want to create a line chart showing dollar sales trend of a product over 52 weeks in a line chart. Currently, my data is formatted so the different products appear in rows, the column headers are weeks of the year, and the values of those columns are dollar sales.
This is how I would format my data if I was making this chart in Excel, but I can't seem to do this is BI.
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to do this or if it is possible?
the format of your data should be like this for each row: product, week, sales. Once you have that building the line chart is trivial - just put week on "Axis" and sales on "Values" in the line charts configuration pane.
Now, in order to get from the format you have to the format I mentioned above you need to unpivot your data, i.e. pull the week values into rows in a new column. Luckily, that's a ready-made action in the "Edit query" editor - just select the columns you need to unpivot, hit a buttom - et voila, you have the data in the format you need. 🙂