It is not widely known that Visio can produce a Pivot diagram of multidimensional data. Rather, it is normally Excel that we use for such a task, where the resulting PivotTables provide an amazing ability to slice and dice the data with automatic cross-tab subtotaling. The subject of Excel PivotTables is handled in depth in Chapter 2 of this book.
For the purpose of demonstration, we'll proceed with a simple PivotDiagram to show how we're able to arrange the hierarchical display of data using Visio's unique shapes drag-and-drop design interface. Figure 8-16 shows how we start this process.
Click the Getting Started choice in the Template Categories list pane.
Choose the PivotDiagram template.
In Figure 8-16 we're ...