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Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide. - Second Edition

By : Devin Knight, Mitchell Pearson, Bradley Schacht, Erin Ostrowsky
Book Image

Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide. - Second Edition

By: Devin Knight, Mitchell Pearson, Bradley Schacht, Erin Ostrowsky

Overview of this book

This revised edition has been fully updated to reflect the latest enhancements to Power BI. It includes a new chapter dedicated to dataflow, and covers all the essential concepts such as installation, designing effective data models, as well as building basic dashboards and visualizations to help you and your organization make better business decisions. You’ll learn how to obtain data from a variety of sources and clean it using Power BI Query Editor. You’ll then find out how you can design your data model to navigate and explore relationships within it and build DAX formulas to make your data easier to work with. Visualizing your data is a key element in this book, and you’ll get to grips rapidly with data visualization styles and enhanced digital storytelling techniques. In addition, you will acquire the skills to build your own dataflows, understand the Common Data Model, and automate data flow refreshes to eradicate data cleansing inefficiency. This guide will help you understand how to administer your organization's Power BI environment so that deployment can be made seamless, data refreshes can run properly, and security can be fully implemented. By the end of this Power BI book, you’ll have a better understanding of how to get the most out of Power BI to perform effective business intelligence.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
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Index

Preface

As an experienced BI professional, you may have, at one time, considered your skills irreplaceable. However, while you were tirelessly building the most elegant data warehouse solutions, Microsoft was busy building a new suite of self-service business intelligence and analytics tools called Power BI. Quickly, Power BI has become one of the most popular tools in the market, and users are looking to you for advice on how they should implement best practices and scale their own usage of the tool. While your corporate BI solutions will always be the gold standard for your company's enterprise data strategy, you can no longer ignore your company's hunger for self-service data wrangling.

In this book, you will learn how to bridge the gap between your existing corporate BI skillset and what's possible with Power BI. You will understand how to connect to data sources using both import and direct query options. You will then learn how to effectively use the Power BI Query Editor to perform transformations and data-cleansing processes on your data. This will include using R script and advanced M query transforms. Next, you will learn how to properly design your data model to navigate table relationships and use Data Analysis Expression formulas to enhance its usability. Visualizing your data is another key element of this book, as you will learn proper data visualization styles and enhanced digital storytelling techniques. Finally, by the end of this book, you will understand how to administer your company's Power BI environment so that deployment can be made seamless, data refreshes can run properly, and security can be fully implemented.