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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

Connecting and Shaping Data

So far, we have learned about the basics of the Power BI interface. However, to truly unlock the power of Power BI, we need to expand our data model. In order to do that, we need to learn about the query editor and how to relate multiple tables of data to one another and create a more complex data model. Every good visual report starts with a good data model, so it is imperative that we learn how to properly ingest, transform, and load our data into Power BI.

The following topics will be covered in this chapter:

  • Getting data
  • Transforming data
  • Merging, copying, and appending queries
  • Verifying and loading data