Analyzing Data with Power BI

Analyzing Data with Power BI


About this course

Too busy at work to miss 3 days out of the office to take this class? This course will run for two weeks.

Upcoming Dates Class Times Class Format Price
Saturday’s July 20th &  27th 2019 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Instructor-Led  $1400

The main purpose of the course is to give students a good understanding of data analysis with Power BI. The course includes creating visualizations, the Power BI Service, and the Power BI Mobile App.


Audience profile

The course will likely be attended by SQL Server report creators who are interested in alternative methods of presenting data.



Before attending this course, students must have:

Excellent knowledge of relational databases and reporting.

Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas).

Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).

An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications – particularly Excel.


At course completion

After completing this course, students will be able to:

Perform Power BI desktop data transformation.

Describe Power BI desktop modelling.

Create a Power BI desktop visualization.

Implement the Power BI service.

Describe how to connect to Excel data.

Describe how to collaborate with Power BI data.

Connect directly to data stores.

Describe the Power BI developer API.

Describe the Power BI mobile app.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Self-Service BI Solutions

Introduces business intelligence (BI) and how to self-serve with BI.


Introduction to business intelligence

Introduction to data analysis

Introduction to data visualization

Overview of self-service BI

Considerations for self-service BI

Microsoft tools for self-service BI

Lab: Exploring an Enterprise BI solution

Viewing reports

Creating a Power BI report

Creating a Power BI dashboard


Module 2: Introducing Power BI

This module introduces Power BI desktop, and explores the features that enable the rapid creation and publication of sophisticated data visualizations.


Power BI

The Power BI service

Lab: Creating a Power BI dashboard

Connecting to Power BI data

Create a Power BI dashboard


Module 3: Power BI

At the end of this module students will be able to explain the rationale and advantages of using Power BI.


Using Excel as a data source for Power BI

The Power BI data model

Using databases as a data source for Power BI

The Power BI service

Lab: Importing data into Power BI

Importing Excel files into Power BI

Viewing reports from Excel files


Module 4: Shaping and Combining Data

With Power BI desktop you can shape and combine data with powerful, buil-in tools. This module introduces the tools that are available for preparing your data, and transforming it into a form ready for reporting.


Power BI desktop queries

Shaping data

Combining data

Lab: Shaping and combining data

Shape power BI data

Combine Power BI data


Module 5: Modelling data

This module describes how to shape and enhance data.



DAX queries

Calculations and measures

Lab: Modelling Data

Create relationships



Module 6: Interactive Data Visualizations

This module describes how to create and manage interactive data visualizations.


Creating Power BI reports

Managing a Power BI solution

Lab: Creating a Power BI report

Connecting to Power BI data

Building Power BI reports

Creating a Power BI dashboard


Module 7: Direct Connectivity

This module describes various connectivity options using Power BI.


Cloud data

Connecting to analysis services

Lab: Direct Connectivity

Direct connectivity from Power BI desktop

Direct connectivity from the Power BI service


Module 8: Developer API

This module describes the developer API within Power BI.


The developer API

Custom visuals

Lab: Using the developer API

Using custom visuals


Module 9: Power BI mobile app

This module describes the Power BI mobile app.


The Power BI mobile app

Using the Power BI mobile app

Power BI embedded