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NOTE: This is PART 1 of a 2-Part  series:

  1. Up &  with Power BI 
  2. Publishing to Power BI Service

Don’t forget to complete PART 2 to learn Power BI Service and take your BI skills to the cloud!

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Hear why this is one of the TOP-RATED Power BI courses on Udemy:

“Instructor is top notch – moves at the right pace and keeps it interesting. One of the best on Udemy!”

-Adam Edwards

“I absolutely loved this course. This course, as well as Chris’ other courses, move at a perfect pace. I did not find myself getting lost or having to catch up. The detail was enough for me to understand the concepts behind what we were doing in the example work. I have taken a lot of online and in-person courses around Excel, and Chris’ style is engaging and makes the subject matter less dry. I look forward to the next course on Power BI online.”

-Stephen Michael

“Chris is a skilled communicator and does a great job of explaining a complex tool like Microsoft BI. His “pro-tips” are great for new user productivity and gaining a sense of the “big picture”. I also value his “best practices” on building and managing queries and reports. I’m feeling much more confident digging in and using MS Power BI!”

-Bill Jerrow

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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

If you’re looking for a comprehensive, hands-on guide to learning Microsoft Power BI Desktop, you’ve come to the right place.

Power BI is quickly becoming the world’s most powerful self-service business intelligence platform, and an absolutely essential tool for data professionals and beginners alike. With Power BI you can connect to hundreds of data sources, build complex relational models using simple and intuitive tools, and design stunning, interactive dashboards from scratchall for free.

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THE COURSE PROJECT:

In this course, you’ll be playing the role of Lead Business Intelligence Analyst for Adventure Works Cycles, a global manufacturing company. Your mission? To design and deliver a professional-quality, end-to-end business intelligence solution, armed only with a handful of raw csv files.

But don’t worry, I’ll be guiding you through the ins-and-outs of Power BI Desktop, sharing crystal clear explanations and helpful pro tips each step of the way. We’ll follow a steady, systematic progression through the B.I. workflow, and break down our project into FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES:

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OBJECTIVE #1Connect & Transform the Raw Data

  • Intro to the Query Editor
  • Types of Data Connectors
  • Basic Table Transformations
  • Text, Number & Date Tools
  • Index & Conditional Columns
  • Grouping & Aggregating Data
  • Pivoting & Unpivoting
  • Modifying, Merging & Appending Queries
  • Connecting to Folders
  • Defining Hierarchies & Categories
  • Query Editing Best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #2: Build a Relational Data Model

  • Intro to Database Normalization
  • Data (“Fact”) Tables vs. Lookup (“Dimension”) Tables
  • Creating Table Relationships
  • “Star” vs. “Snowflake” Schemas
  • Active vs. Inactive Relationships
  • Relationship Cardinality
  • Connecting Multiple Data Tables
  • Filtering & Cross-Filtering
  • Hiding Fields from Report View
  • Data Modeling best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #3: Add Calculated Fields with DAX

  • Intro to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
  • Calculated Columns vs. Measures
  • Row Context vs. Filter Context
  • DAX Syntax & Operators
  • Common Function Categories
  • Basic Date & Time Formulas
  • Logical & Conditional Statements
  • Text, Math & Stats Functions
  • Joining Data with RELATED
  • CALCULATE, ALL & FILTER Functions
  • DAX Iterators (SUMX, AVERAGEX)
  • Time Intelligence Formulas
  • DAX Best Practices

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OBJECTIVE #4: Design Interactive Reports

  • Intro to the Power BI Report View
  • Adding Objects & Basic Charts
  • Formatting & Filtering Options
  • Matrix Visuals
  • Slicers & Timelines
  • Cards & KPIs
  • Map Visuals (Basic, Fill, ArcGIS)
  • Treemaps, Lines, Areas & Gauges
  • Editing Report interactions
  • Adding Drillthrough Filters
  • Linking to Report Bookmarks
  • Using “What-If” Parameters
  • Managing & Viewing Roles
  • PREVIEW: Publishing to Power BI Service
  • Data Viz Best Practices

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By the end of the Adventure Works project, not only will you have developed an entire business intelligence tool from the ground up, but you will have gained the knowledge and confidence to apply these same concepts to your own real-world analyses.

For those looking for more opportunities to test their skills, I’ve also included an additional set of project files for a bonus Final Project. This is your chance to showcase all of the skills you’ve developed throughout the course, and apply them to a brand new data set from Maven Market, a global supermarket chain.

Whether you’re a casual user, aspiring analyst, or data science professional, this course will give you the tools you need to become an absolute Power BI ROCK STARguaranteed.

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Join today and get immediate, lifetime access to the following:

  • 100+ page Power BI ebook
  • Downloadable project files
  • Homework exercises & quizzes
  • 1-on-1 expert support
  • Course Q&A forum
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

See you in there!

-Chris (Founder, Maven Analytics)

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P.S. Looking to master the full Excel Power BI stack? Complete the path below and emerge an analytics ROCKSTAR:

  1. Excel Pro Tips for Power Users
  2. Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions
  3. Data Visualization with Excel Charts & Graphs
  4. Data Analysis with PivotTables
  5. Intro to Power Query, Power Pivot & DAX
  6. Up & Running with Power BI Desktop
  7. Publishing to Power BI Service

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone looking for a hands-on, project-based introduction to Microsoft Power BI Desktop
  • Data analysts and Excel users hoping to develop advanced data modeling, dashboard design, and business intelligence skills
  • Aspiring data professionals looking to master the #1 business intelligence tool on the market
  • Students who want a comprehensive, engaging, and highly interactive approach to training



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