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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

Getting data

Power BI is all about working with, and visualizing, data. Thus, it is imperative that we incorporate some additional data into our model.

Ensure that you have the Excel files from this chapter's Technical requirements section downloaded and that your LearnPowerBI.pbix file is open in Power BI Desktop.

Creating your first query

In order to determine whether or not PTO should be approved, it is important to understand where the company is with respect to budgets and forecasts. Whether or not the company, department, and/or location is on target in terms of its budget can be an important consideration when approving or denying time off.

Unlike the calendar table from Chapter 2Up and Running with Power BI...