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Introduction to Microsoft Power BI

This online course training will teach you how to use Power Apps visualizations, which allow your Business Analysis users to get Business Analytics and take actions from their Power BI reports in real-time. Moreover, we’ll look into the ways that Power BI and SQL Server Analysis Services can be integrated for enterprise-level data models and analysis for business decisions. 

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Total Hours
10 Training Hours
Introduction to Microsoft Power BI
65 On-demand Videos
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Closed Captions

Course Topics
11  Topics
Prep Questions
75 Prep Questions
Introduction to Microsoft Power BI

Certificate of Completion

Course Description

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a member of the Power Platform. Power BI is another component that enables everyone to build and use apps that connect to business data. This course will show you how to use the Power Apps visual to pass context-aware data to a canvas app, which updates in real-time as you make changes to your report. This will allow your Power BI Dashboard Business users to derive business insights and take actions from right within their Power BI reports and dashboards, essentially your business intelligence platform. Finally, this Introduction to Microsoft Power BI course will explore the intersections between Power BI and Microsoft’s enterprise-level data modeling and analysis platform, SQL Server Analysis Services.

About this video course

Through this course you will have access to hours of video content and will learn the varied techniques and best practices that adhere to business intelligence skills and technical requirements for utilizing Power BI and develop interactive visualizations. In addition, as a Business analysts you’ll be given a comprehensive overview of how to access data from various sources–both relational or non-relational. Finally, students we’ll learn key concepts to explore ways on how to manage and deploy reports as well as dashboards in order to share your insights with others effectively.

Power BI Course Topics Objectives

  • Make the most of Power BI’s data by ingesting, streamlining, and transforming it
  • Leverage Advanced Power of model data to optimize your performance and scalability
  • Develop and generate reports for data examination, allowing you to make well-informed decisions
  • Leverage advanced report analytics to make sound decisions
  • Improve business processes and easily distribute and collaborate on reports with colleagues
  • Unleash the power of Power BI to produce stunning paginated reports!

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Key Term Knowledge Base: Key Terms Related to Microsoft Power BI

Understanding key terms in Microsoft Power BI is crucial for efficiently navigating and utilizing this powerful business analytics tool. These terms form the foundation of Power BI’s functionality and are essential for anyone looking to leverage Power BI for data analysis, visualization, and business intelligence.

Power BI DesktopA free application installed on a local computer for designing and publishing reports to the Power BI service.
Power BI ServiceA cloud-based service (SaaS) for viewing and interacting with Power BI reports.
DAX (Data Analysis Expressions)A formula language used in Power BI for creating custom calculations in Power BI reports.
Power QueryA data connection technology that enables you to discover, connect, combine, and refine data across a wide variety of sources.
Data ModelThe structure of a database, including tables, relationships, and keys, used to manage and organize data.
VisualizationThe graphical representation of data in Power BI, including charts, graphs, and maps.
DashboardA collection of visualizations from one or more reports, displayed on a single canvas in Power BI.
ReportA collection of visuals, data models, and queries in Power BI.
SlicerA Power BI feature for filtering data in reports or visualizations.
DatasetA collection of data that you import or connect to.
Data SourceThe original location from where data is imported into Power BI.
Power BI ProA subscription-based version of Power BI that offers additional features like sharing reports and collaboration.
Power BI PremiumAn advanced version of Power BI that provides greater scale and performance for large organizations.
DirectQueryA feature in Power BI that allows direct connection to a database, enabling real-time data updates.
Live ConnectionA connection type in Power BI to directly connect to a data source, providing real-time data access.
Query EditorA tool in Power BI for transforming and cleaning data before loading it into a data model.
MeasuresCalculations used in data analysis, typically involving aggregations.
Power BI MobileAn application for accessing Power BI reports on mobile devices.
PublishThe act of sending a Power BI report from Power BI Desktop to the Power BI service.
Data RefreshThe process of updating data in a Power BI report or dataset to reflect the latest information.

This list covers the fundamental concepts and tools within Power BI and is a great starting point for anyone engaging with this powerful analytics platform.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Introduction to Microsoft Power BI

What is Microsoft Power BI and How Does It Benefit Businesses?

Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics tool that allows you to visualize your data and share insights across your organization, or embed them in an app or website. It connects to a wide range of data sources and enables interactive dashboards and reports. Power BI helps businesses make informed decisions based on data-driven insights.

Can Power BI Integrate with Other Microsoft Products?

Yes, Power BI offers seamless integration with other Microsoft products like Azure, SQL Server, Excel, and Office 365. This integration enhances the analytics and reporting capabilities, allowing users to draw data from these services for more comprehensive insights.

Is Power BI Suitable for Non-Technical Users?

Absolutely. Power BI is designed with a user-friendly interface that is accessible for both technical and non-technical users. Its intuitive drag-and-drop features and simple data navigation tools make it easy for anyone to create reports and dashboards without advanced technical know-how.

What are the Different Versions of Power BI and Which One Should I Choose?

Power BI comes in various versions including Power BI Desktop (free), Power BI Pro (subscription-based), and Power BI Premium (for large-scale deployment). The choice depends on your needs; Power BI Desktop is suitable for individual users, Power BI Pro for collaboration among teams, and Power BI Premium for large organizations needing dedicated cloud resources.

How Secure is Data in Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI provides robust security features at every level, including data storage, data transmission, and user access control. It uses Azure Active Directory for identity management and allows administrators to control user access and permissions, ensuring that sensitive data remains secure.

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Course Outline

Introduction to Microsoft Power BI Course Content

Module 1 - Prepare Data

  •    1.1 Course Introduction

  •    1.2 Module 1 Introduction

  •    1.3 Introduction to Power BI

  •    1.4 Get data from various data sources

  •    1.5 Preview source data

Module 2 - Clean, Transform, and Load Data

  •    2.1 Module 2 Introduction

  •    2.2 DimEmployee Example

  •    2.3 DimEmployeeSalesTerritory Example

  •    2.4 DimReseller Example

  •    2.5 FactResellersSales Example

  •    2.6 ResellerSalesTargets Example

  •    2.7 Color Formats Example

Module 3 - Design a Data Model

  •    3.1 Module 3 Introduction

  •    3.2 Introduction to Data Modeling

  •    3.3 Model Relationships

  •    3.4 Table Configuration

  •    3.5 Model interface

  •    3.6 Quick Measures

  •    3.7 Many-to-many relationships

  •    3.8 Row-level security

Module 4 - Create Model Calculations using DAX

  •    4.1 Module 4 Introduction

  •    4.2 DAX context

  •    4.3 Calculated Tables

  •    4.4 Calculated Columns

  •    4.5 Managing Date Tables

  •    4.6 Measures

  •    4.7 Filter Manipulation

  •    4.8 Time Intelligence

Module 5 - Create Reports

  •    5.1 Module 5 Introduction

  •    5.2 Basic Report Creation

  •    5.3 Example Page 1

  •    5.4 Example Page 2

  •    5.5 Example Page 3

  •    5.6 Report Publishing

  •    5.7 Enhancing Reports

  •    5.8 Drill-Through Pages

  •    5.9 Conditional Formatting

  •    5.10 Buttons and Bookmarks

Module 6 - Create Dashboards

  •    6.1 Module 6 Introduction

  •    6.2 Dashboard Basics

  •    6.3 Real Time Dashboards

  •    6.4 Enhanced Dashboards

Module 7 - Create Paginated Reports

  •    7.1 Module 7 Introduction

  •    7.2 Introduction to Power BI Report Builder

  •    7.3 Report Layouts

  •    7.4 Report Data

  •    7.5 Report Tables

Module 8 - Perform Advanced Analytics

  •    8.1 Module 8 Introduction

  •    8.2 Introduction to Advanced Analytics

  •    8.3 Scatter Chart

  •    8.4 Forecast

  •    8.5 Decomposition Tree

  •    8.6 Key Influencers

Module 9 - Create and Manage Workspaces

  •    9.1 Introduction to Workspaces

  •    9.2 Working with Workspaces and the Portal

Module 10 - Create Power App Visuals

  •    10.1 Module 10 Introduction

  •    10.2 Introduction to Power Apps Visual

  •    10.3 Creating the App

  •    10.4 Basic Power Apps Concepts

  •    10.5 Refreshing the Report

Module 11 - Analysis Services and Power BI

  •    11.1 Module 11 Introduction

  •    11.2 Introduction to Analysis Services

  •    11.3 Connecting with Multidimensional Models

  •    11.4 Premium Workspaces and Analysis Services

  •    11.5 Course Wrap Up

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James Ring-Howell

James Ring-Howell

Microsoft Certified Trainer | Microsoft Certified Developer | Database Expert

James is a full-stack developer with over 40 years of experience. He has developed applications across all major industries and for Fortune 100 companies as well as local small businesses. James has also been teaching technology courses for over 20 years. In addition to his extensive background in technology, he has also worked as a professional opera singer.

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