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Learn Power BI

By : Gregory Deckler
Book Image

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

Touring the Desktop

If you are familiar with Microsoft Office programs, many of the user interface elements of the Power BI Desktop will look familiar.

The following screenshot depicts the nine major interfaces of Power BI. Your colors may look slightly different depending on the version of your desktop and overall Windows theme settings. Don't stress yourself over any color variances; the functionality is the same:

Figure 1: Power BI Desktop

The Power BI Desktop user interface is comprised of nine areas, as shown in the preceding screenshot. Let's delve deeper into each of these areas.

Title Bar and Quick Access Toolbar

In the preceding screenshot (Figure 1), the Title Bar is the small strip at the top of Power...