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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


In this chapter, we explored Power Query, the powerful sub-application that's used to ingest and shape data through the creation of queries. Queries are a series of recorded steps for connecting to and transforming data. We connected to multiple data files and learned how to clean up and transform the data to support further analysis. Next, we learned how to merge, copy, and append queries. Finally, we explored some built-in data analysis tools that summarize and visualize the data we are ingesting.

In the next chapter, we will import the data into tables in order to build a data model by connecting these tables to one another via relationships. We will also build the necessary calculations that will complete our model.