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Learn Power BI

By : Gregory Deckler
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Learn Power BI

By: Gregory Deckler

Overview of this book

To succeed in today's transforming business world, organizations need business intelligence capabilities to make smarter decisions faster than ever before. This Power BI book is an entry-level guide that will get you up and running with data modeling, visualization, and analytical techniques from scratch. You'll find this book handy if you want to get well-versed with the extensive Power BI ecosystem. You'll start by covering the basics of business intelligence and installing Power BI. You'll then learn the wide range of Power BI features to unlock business insights. As you progress, the book will take you through how to use Power Query to ingest, cleanse, and shape your data, and use Power BI DAX to create simple to complex calculations. You'll also be able to add a variety of interactive visualizations to your reports to bring your data to life. Finally, you'll gain hands-on experience in creating visually stunning reports that speak to business decision makers, and see how you can securely share these reports and collaborate with others. By the end of this book, you'll be ready to create simple, yet effective, BI reports and dashboards using the latest features of Power BI.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits

Up and Running with Power BI Desktop

Before you can do almost anything with Power BI, you must get the Power BI Desktop up and running and have some data loaded to use in creating visualizations. This chapter will get you up and running quickly with Power BI by showing you how to download and install Power BI Desktop, familiarizing you with the Power BI Desktop interface and then showing you how to work with some simple data and visualizations.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Downloading and installing Power BI Desktop
  • Touring the desktop
  • Generating data
  • Creating visualizations