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Power BI Essentials: An Introduction to Microsoft Power BI
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7h 4m

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Grant Gamble is an IT trainer, consultant and author specializing in Microsoft Power BI, VBA, web development and Adobe software automation.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • This course is suitable for anyone who needs to become familiar with Microsoft’s Power BI product, whether for work, study or career

What you’ll learn: 

  • How to use Power BI Desktop to import and model data and create reports.
  • How to use the Power BI service for the creation of dashboards, collaboration and sharing of content.


  • Ability to use a PC and familiarity with general computing concepts and techniques, such as copying and pasting.

Organizations rely on business intelligence to make better business decisions. Traditionally, BI always referred to Enterprise Business Intelligence. Enterprise BI was always a big deal! Enterprise BI software tools were extremely expensive, technically challenging, and designed for IT specialists.And enterprise BI projects took forever!

Microsoft Power BI offers users true Self-Service BI. Power BI enables business users to interact with corporate information and to extract the reports and intel they need. Power BI allows users to access reports and dashboards using familiar tools and devices.

Self-service BI has never been so user-friendly! Microsoft Power BI Introduction will show you how to create compelling visualizations and reports which provide deep insights into your data.

By the end of the course, you will be confident in using the three main components of Power BI:

  • Power BI Desktop
  • Power BI Service
  • Power BI Mobile Apps.

You will know how to connect to a wide variety of data sources, using both Power BI Desktop, and the Power BI Service. You will be able to use the Query Editor to transform and morph data into the right format for your reporting purposes. You will be able to perform complex data modelling operations using relationships, calculated columns, measures, and DAX expressions. You will learn how to share dashboards and reports, with colleagues, business partners and potential clients. And how to use Power BI’s sophisticated security features to control the exact content your audience is able to view.

In short, this Microsoft Power BI Introduction will equip you with all the skills you need, to start using Power BI with confidence.

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By the end of this course, you will have a clear understanding on power BI essentials.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Welcome
Welcome To Microsoft Power BI Introduction 00:00:00
Downloading The Course Files 00:00:00
Section 2 - Getting Started
Power BI Editions 00:00:00
The Three Key Elements Of Power BI 00:00:00
Understanding Dashboards, Reports And Datasets 00:00:00
Exploring The Power BI Desktop Interface 00:00:00
Exploring The Power BI Service Interface 00:00:00
Editing A PBIX File In The Power BI Service 00:00:00
Creating a PBIX file in the Power BI service 00:00:00
Connecting to GitHub in the Power BI Service 00:00:00
Connecting to Google Analytics (Service and Desktop compared) 00:00:00
Updating Power BI Desktop 00:00:00
Section 3 - Connecting To Data Sources
Connecting To CSV Files 00:00:00
Connecting To Excel Data 00:00:00
Connecting To A Folder Of Data 00:00:00
Connecting To A Web URL 00:00:00
Connecting To Web Page Content 00:00:00
Connecting To A Microsoft Access Database 00:00:00
Section 4 - Cleaning Up And Transforming Data
Trim, Clean And Case 00:00:00
Renaming And Adding Metadata 00:00:00
Splitting Columns 00:00:00
Removing Rows 00:00:00
Replace Values 00:00:00
Unpivot Columns 00:00:00
Rearranging Columns 00:00:00
Creating Custom Columns 00:00:00
Append Queries 00:00:00
Merge Queries 00:00:00
Grouping Data 00:00:00
Section 5 - Data Modelling
Adding Data To The Data Model 00:00:00
Examining The Data Model 00:00:00
Creating Relationships Automatically 00:00:00
Creating Relationships Manually 00:00:00
Creating A Composite Primary Key 00:00:00
Creating A Date Table 00:00:00
Creating Calculated Columns 00:00:00
Creating Measures 00:00:00
Using The SUMX Function 00:00:00
Using Related And Relatedtable 00:00:00
Creating A Calculated Table 00:00:00
Section 6 - Creating A Power BI Report
Overview Of Report 00:00:00
Backgrounds, Logos And Images 00:00:00
Working With Themes 00:00:00
The Card Big-Picture Visual 00:00:00
Using Visual Filters 00:00:00
Using The Format Painter 00:00:00
Gauges And Targets 00:00:00
Creating Bar Charts 00:00:00
Editing Visual Interactions 00:00:00
Using Slicers 00:00:00
Using The Treemap Visual 00:00:00
Creating A Map Visual 00:00:00
Date Hierarchies And Drill-Down 00:00:00
Using Time Intelligence Functions 00:00:00
Section 7 - Sharing And Collaborating
Creating Users In The Power BI Service 00:00:00
Creating Groups For Collaboration 00:00:00
Creating Groups For Distribution 00:00:00
Dashboards And Q&A 00:00:00
Sharing Dashboards With Your Organization 00:00:00
Creating Content Packs 00:00:00
Publishing Reports To The Web 00:00:00
Row Level Security 00:00:00

Course Review


5 Ratings
  1. Anonymous

    This helped me in supporting my Power BI colleagues


    I work in the IT department. Our Power BI group had a leadership change. They needed help to understand how Power BI was used in our environment. I became the go-to guy for them. This course gave me the basic structural background to be able to carry on a conversation with that team and begin to know what they were talking about and how I could be of service.


  2. Anonymous

    Power BI Basics


    I enjoyed POWER BI ESSENTIALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT POWER BI. The course is designed well, covering all of the topics in a much better, more intuitive and progressive learning order than another beginner course on SS, where so much time was spent on transforming data. Grant is a great communicator – very good pace and thoughtful and deliberate in language in highlighting important points. I took each section slowly and did my own examples in Power BI while also following along with his. It was great to be able to stop and replay – as again – the instructions are solid. The course is over 3 years old so some of the current features of Power BI are different from the training. Most of them were not drastically different, requiring small guesses to understand the nuanced differences. Only the security part for assigning roles, etc. was more significantly different, so I will use another newer source to learn that. Essentially, security is now all done through Workspaces directly.

  3. Anonymous

    Great Overview


    Great overview of Power BI and good pointers on best practices

  4. Anonymous

    Fabulous Course


    I have been working my way through various Power BI tutorials on various websites as I try to gain knowledge and skills in the product. I even took a couple of 1-day classroom courses directly from Microsoft. Had I seen this course sooner, I could have been much more productive much sooner! It is very well organized and expertly covers all the essential skills needed to create and effectively share business intelligence information. My only criticism is that in 2019 the course is 2 years old and, thus, does not cover any features added in the interim (and there are a LOT!). Even so, I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to efficiently work through the magic of Power BI!!!

  5. Anonymous

    Power BI


    Gives a good foundation of Power BI functions and uses.

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