Microsoft Power BI Desktop for Business Intelligence

Categories: Power BI

About Course

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.

 

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 Power BI and 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 Power BI workflow, and break down our project into FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES:

 

POWER BI OBJECTIVE #1Connect & Transform the Raw Data

  • Intro to the Power BI Query Editor
  • Types of Power BI 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 & Power BI Best Practices

 

POWER BI OBJECTIVE #2: Build a Relational Data Model

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

 

POWER BI OBJECTIVE #3: Add Calculated Fields with DAX

  • Intro to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
  • Calculated Columns vs. Measures
  • Row Context vs. Filter Context in Power BI
  • DAX Syntax & Operators
  • Common Power BI Functions
  • 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 & Power BI Best Practices

 

POWER BI OBJECTIVE #4: Design Interactive Power BI Reports

  • Intro to the Power BI Report View
  • Adding Basic Charts to Power BI Reports
  • Formatting & Filtering Options
  • Matrix Visuals
  • Slicers & Timelines
  • Cards & KPIs
  • Power BI 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
  • Power BI Data Viz Best Practices

 

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

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What Will You Learn?

  • Build professional-quality business intelligence reports from the ground up
  • Blend and transform raw data into beautiful interactive dashboards
  • Design and implement the same B.I. tools used by professional analysts and data scientists
  • Showcase your skills with two full-scale course projects (with step-by-step solutions)
  • Understand the business intelligence workflow from end-to-end
  • Learn from a best-selling instructor and professional BI developer

Course Content

Getting Started

Introducing Power BI Desktop

Connecting & Shaping Data

Creating a Data Model

Adding Calculated Fields with DAX

Visualizing Data with Reports

NEW: AI Visuals in Power BI

Certification of Completion

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