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Microsoft Power BI – Up & Running With Power BI Desktop

Microsoft Power BI - Up & Running With Power BI Desktop

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NOTE: This is PART 1 of a 2-Part Microsoft Power BI series:

  1. Up & Running with Power BI Desktop
  2. Publishing to Power BI Service

Don’t forget to complete PART 2 to learn Power BI Service and take your BI skills to the cloud!

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

If you’re looking for a comprehensive, hands-on guide to learning Microsoft Power BI Desktop, you’ve come to the right place.

Power BI is quickly becoming the world’s most powerful self-service business intelligence platform, and an absolutely essential tool for data professionals and beginners alike. With Power BI you can connect to hundreds of data sourcesbuild complex relational models using simple and intuitive tools, and design stunning, interactive dashboards from scratch — all for free.

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THE COURSE PROJECT:

In this course, you’ll be playing the role of Lead Business Intelligence Analyst for Adventure Works Cycles, a global manufacturing company. Your mission? To design and deliver a professional-quality, end-to-end business intelligence solution, armed only with a handful of raw csv files.

But don’t worry, I’ll be guiding you through the ins-and-outs of Power BI Desktop, sharing crystal clear explanations and helpful pro tips each step of the way. We’ll follow a steady, systematic progression through the B.I. workflow, and break down our project into FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES:

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OBJECTIVE #1Connect & Transform the Raw Data

  • Intro to the Query Editor
  • Types of Data Connectors
  • Basic Table Transformations
  • Text, Number & Date Tools
  • Index & Conditional Columns
  • Grouping & Aggregating Data
  • Pivoting & Unpivoting
  • Modifying, Merging & Appending Queries
  • Connecting to Folders
  • Defining Hierarchies & Categories
  • Query Editing Best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #2: Build a Relational Data Model

  • Intro to Database Normalization
  • Data (“Fact”) Tables vs. Lookup (“Dimension”) Tables
  • Creating Table Relationships
  • “Star” vs. “Snowflake” Schemas
  • Active vs. Inactive Relationships
  • Relationship Cardinality
  • Connecting Multiple Data Tables
  • Filtering & Cross-Filtering
  • Hiding Fields from Report View
  • Data Modeling best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #3: Add Calculated Fields with DAX

  • Intro to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
  • Calculated Columns vs. Measures
  • Row Context vs. Filter Context
  • DAX Syntax & Operators
  • Common Function Categories
  • Basic Date & Time Formulas
  • Logical & Conditional Statements
  • Text, Math & Stats Functions
  • Joining Data with RELATED
  • CALCULATE, ALL & FILTER Functions
  • DAX Iterators (SUMX, AVERAGEX)
  • Time Intelligence Formulas
  • DAX Best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #4: Design Interactive Reports

  • Intro to the Power BI Report View
  • Adding Objects & Basic Charts
  • Formatting & Filtering Options
  • Matrix Visuals
  • Slicers & Timelines
  • Cards & KPIs
  • Map Visuals (Basic, Fill, ArcGIS)
  • Treemaps, Lines, Areas & Gauges
  • Editing Report interactions
  • Adding Drillthrough Filters
  • Linking to Report Bookmarks
  • Using “What-If” Parameters
  • Managing & Viewing Roles
  • PREVIEW: Publishing to Power BI Service
  • Data Viz Best Practices

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By the end of the Adventure Works project, not only will you have developed an entire business intelligence tool from the ground up, but you will have gained the knowledge and confidence to apply these same concepts to your own real-world analyses.

For those looking for more opportunities to test their skills, I’ve also included an additional set of project files for a bonus Final Project. This is your chance to showcase all of the skills you’ve developed throughout the course, and apply them to a brand new data set from Maven Market, a global supermarket chain.

Whether you’re a casual user, aspiring analyst, or data science professional, this course will give you the tools you need to become an absolute Power BI ROCK STAR — guaranteed.

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Join today and get immediate, lifetime access to the following:

  • 100+ page Power BI ebook
  • Downloadable project files
  • Homework exercises & quizzes
  • 1-on-1 expert support
  • Course Q&A forum
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

See you in there!

-Chris (FounderMaven Analytics)

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P.S. Looking to master the full Excel Power BI stack? Complete the path below and emerge an analytics ROCKSTAR:

  1. Excel Pro Tips for Power Users
  2. Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions
  3. Data Visualization with Excel Charts & Graphs
  4. Data Analysis with PivotTables
  5. Intro to Power Query, Power Pivot & DAX
  6. Up & Running with Power BI Desktop
  7. Publishing to Power BI Service

 

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