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Introduction to Power BI

Author: Ken Puls

This is the video portion of the “Rapid Dashboard Development with Power BI” seminar with Ken Puls. In this course, you’ll learn how to build compelling dashboards that are attractive, interactive, and – best of all – incredibly easy to both build and refresh.

8 hours 15 minutes
  • Power BI
  • Data Visualization
  • DAX Formulas

What you'll learn?

  • Sourcing data from a variety of sources
  • Building data visualization and transformations
  • Creating data model relationships
  • Introducing DAX measures
  • Working with interactive visuals
  • Sharing dashboard solutions (personal vs. enterprise)
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Introduction to Power BI

  • 8 hours 15 minutes of training content
  • 11 modules
  • Downloadable files and Handouts
  • Certificate of Completion

Introduction to Power BI


Course Description

For years, Excel has been the business intelligence tool of choice for accountants and business analysts around the world. In 2015, however, Microsoft released a free software package that has become the hottest software commodity in the business intelligence landscape: Power BI Desktop.

Power BI Desktop allows rapid collection and cleaning of data and creates a relational database of the data on the fly. But the best part is that once this work is done it provides access to compelling dashboards that are attractive, interactive and best of all incredibly easy to both build and refresh.

Even better, Power BI Desktop’s “Get Data” experience uses the same engine and user interface as Excel’s Power Query add-in, and its “Modelling” tools use the same engine as Excel’s Power Pivot feature.  This makes the skills learned in Excel and Power BI modelling completely interchangeable.

In this course we will start at the very beginning, guiding you through the complete journey from raw data to visualization and sharing of your new dashboard files – without any requirement of any cloud sharing services.

Finally, we will demo Power BI’s “grow-up” story, which allows publishing and sharing via cloud services, both to users inside and outside your organization.

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Attach to data sources in a Power BI Desktop
  • Build basic DAX measures to control the information displayed
  • Create interactive visuals to display your data
  • Share and interact with reports online

Who this course is for?

  • Accountants and data professionals who are responsible for building business intelligence reports.
  • Registrants should have basic knowledge of Excel. No prior experience with Power BI or Power BI Desktop is required.

Course Formats

This is an on-demand course, delivered via pre-recorded video modules that you can consume at your own pace. It includes all required sample files, practice sets, and handouts.

Course Content

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About the author

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Microsoft MVP, FCPA, FCMA
Ken Puls is one of the founding partners of Skillwave.Training, and the President and Chief Training Officer of Excelguru Consulting Inc. in Canada. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author, and trainer with over 20 years of business and IT experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to use them. Ken is a Microsoft MVP and a leading expert in Excel, Power Query, and Power BI.


How do I access the course materials? Are they downloadable?

The videos are streamed on-demand and may be watched as often as you like. However, they are not downloadable. The example files and handouts for each lesson are downloadable.

Where are the course videos hosted?

All the videos for the course are hosted on Vimeo. Please note that some networks block access to Vimeo, in which case the videos will not be watchable. You may want to double-check that your network allows access to Vimeo before registering in the Academy, to ensure that you will be able to see the videos.

How do I receive my Certificate of Completion?

After all the modules and lessons have been completed, you will be able to download the Certificate of Completion from the My Courses area of your Account Dashboard.

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