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Expert Data Modeling with Power BI

By : Soheil Bakhshi
Book Image

Expert Data Modeling with Power BI

By: Soheil Bakhshi

Overview of this book

This book is a comprehensive guide to understanding the ins and outs of data modeling and how to create data models using Power BI confidently. You'll learn how to connect data from multiple sources, understand data, define and manage relationships between data, and shape data models to gain deep and detailed insights about your organization. In this book, you'll explore how to use data modeling and navigation techniques to define relationships and create a data model before defining new metrics and performing custom calculations using modeling features. As you advance through the chapters, the book will demonstrate how to create full-fledged data models, enabling you to create efficient data models and simpler DAX code with new data modeling features. With the help of examples, you'll discover how you can solve business challenges by building optimal data models and changing your existing data models to meet evolving business requirements. Finally, you'll learn how to use some new and advanced modeling features to enhance your data models to carry out a wide variety of complex tasks. By the end of this Power BI book, you'll have gained the skills you need to structure data coming from multiple sources in different ways to create optimized data models that support reporting and data analytics.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Section 1: Data Modeling in Power BI
Section 2: Data Preparation in Query Editor
Section 3: Data Modeling
Section 4: Advanced Data Modeling

Appending queries

There are some scenarios where we get data with the same structure from different sources, and we want to consolidate that data into a single table. In those cases, we need to append the queries. We have two options to append the queries:

  • Append the queries to the first query
  • Append the queries as a new query

The latter is prevalent when we follow ETL best practices. We unload all the queries, append the queries as a new query, and load them into the data model. Therefore, all the unloaded queries work as ETL pipelines. This does not mean that the first option is not applicable.

Suppose we have a simple business requirement that can be achieved by appending two or more queries to the first query. In that case, we may wish to use the first option instead. The critical point to note when we're appending queries is that the Table.Combine(tables as list, optional columns as any) function accepts a list of tables. When the column names in the...