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Introduction to MS Power BI for Dashboards - Webinar (Recorded)

  • Webinar

  • 120 Minutes
  • April 2018
  • Compliance Online
  • ID: 4899662
Why Should You Attend:

In today's fast-paced, high-tech, competitive business environment, analytics, data visualization and Business Intelligence (BI) are the hot topics many firms and professional recruiters seek. Increasingly, organizations of all sizes are seeking to take advantage of the vast data available to them to identify previously undiscovered insights and gain competitive advantages. The premier tool for this is MS Power BI – Excel’s big brother – on steroids!

These “big data” desk-top tools were out-of-reach just a few short years ago. Today Microsoft Desktop Power BI is free. The cloud-based Power BI Pro service costs a small business $10 per month and is used by Fortune 1000 firms on an enterprise-wide basis at extremely competitive prices.

Over the last few years, data has become the lifeblood of organizations. Those organizations that harness the power of big data business intelligence (BI) realize tangible competitive advantages. MS Power BI allows mangers to rely less on the IT department and achieve more self-service, control, agility and focused business intelligence (BI) using both the data warehouse and outside sources. With MS Power BI you can easily manipulate several databases. MS Power BI is easy, fast, and free.

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that gives you a single view of your most critical business data. Monitor the health of your business using a live dashboard, create rich interactive reports with Power BI Desktop and access your data on the go with native Power BI Mobile apps.

The top BI trends for 2018 include:

Data literacy becomes a fundamental skill of the future
Modern BI such as Power BI becomes the new normal
Advanced analytics becomes more accessible
Those versatile in using big data analytics in conjunction with professional-level data visualizations for business intelligence decision making will have a path to the future.
In 2015 Microsoft introduced Power BI in its current form. Microsoft’s major BI competitor saw their stock price fall 50% within three months. Today Microsoft, Oracle and one other competitor dominate the BI analytics market. Learn the essential basics of MS Power BI on February 28, 2018, in just 100 minutes.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

Introduction to Power BI Desktop
Downloading the Power BI Desktop for Free
Desktop Summary - Three Different Views and What They Do
An Overview of the Workflow in Power BI Desktop
Dashboard in Minutes - Overview
Loading the Data Model - Connecting Power BI Desktop to Data Sources
Direct Query vs Import Data (Load)
Connecting to Excel Data Sources
Connecting to CSV and text files
Connecting to a Folder of data
Connecting to a web URL
Introduction to the Query Editor Interface: Editing Data
Cleaning up and transforming data
Establishing Headers and Removing rows
Editing and Renaming Rows and Columns
Rearranging columns
Creating custom columns
Trim, Clean and Case
Replacing Values
Splitting columns
Pivoting and Unpivoting Columns
Understanding Database Relationships: Power BI Data Modeling
The Data Model: Data & Relationship Power BI Desktop View
Adding Databases and Connecting Data Model Relationships
Creating Relationships Automatically and Manually
Primary Key, Foreign Keys and Index Columns
Understanding Cardinality: Many to Many and One To Many Relationships
Creating DIM and FACT Table(s)
Introducing the Star Schema
Creating a date table - date/time intelligence
Modeling with Power BI Desktop
Query Editor vs. Data Model
Formatting Data
Performing Basic Mathematical Operations
DAX: Creating Calculated Columns and Measures
Using time intelligence functions
Formatting Dates
Using the SUMX function
Power BI Desktop Report View: Creating Interactive Visualizations/Dashboards
Walkthrough of Available Charts
Creating Your First Visualizations
Data, Format and Analytics Controls
Creating Column, Bar and Line Charts
Aggregating Data: Default Summarization & Sorting
Grouping data
Reference/Constant Lines
Stacked and 100% Graphs
Formatting, Colors, Charts and Sorting
Tables, Matrices & Conditional Formatting
Trend Analysis Graphs - Analytics
Cards, Multi-Row Cards, Gauges, Targets and KPIs
Scatterplots and Bubble plots
Map Visualizations
Adding Color Saturation
Tree map v. Pie or Donut (Desert) Charts
Creating/Managing Hierarchies Including Date Hierarchies and Drill-Down /Up
Cross Filtering and Highlighting
Visual, Page and Report Level Filters
Creating Slicers & Timeline Slicers
Backgrounds, logos and images
Customizing Tooltip Messages
The Quick Calc Option
Downloading Custom Visuals and Slicers
Overview of the Power BI Service: Reports, Datasets and Dashboards
Pinning Your Report to a Dashboard
Publishing Dashboards
Introduction: Analyze Power BI Data with A.I. Using Q & A
Sharing Dashboards and Reports


Tom Fragale is a computer professional with over 30 years of professional experience. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Certified Office Master, and a Microsoft Certified Expert in Word and Excel., and a Microsoft Certified Specialist in Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint. He has trained over 30,000 business people in on-line webinars, public seminars, and on-site training.

His clients include many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, military bases, and companies large and small across many industries, including insurance, manufacturing, banking, pharmaceutical, education, retail, etc. He started his career as a database application programmer and has served as a consultant and project manager on many successful projects.

His topics of expertise include: Access, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Crystal Reports, SQL Server, Visio, QuickBooks, and SharePoint, among others. His passion is training people and helping people get the most out of their computers, and he is a published author having written a book on Microsoft Access. He graduated in 1988 from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA with a BA in Computer Science.