In this course, Getting Started with Power BI, you will gain a fundamental understanding of the capabilities of Power BI. You'll start out with seeing how you can quickly and easily gather data from a variety of sources, and then cleanse and transform that data with just a few clicks. Next, you'll also learn how you can enhance the results by integrating disparate data sources and adding simple calculations. Then, you'll learn how to explore your data with visualizations and simple dashboards. Finally, you'll learn what steps are necessary to keep your data up-to-date. By the end of this course, you'll have a firm understanding of the basic skills required for using Power BI to acquire and transform data, enhance the data for analysis, and produce reports and dashboards.
Stacia Misner Varga is a consultant, instructor, author, mentor, BI Partner for SQLSkills, and principal of Data Inspirations specializing in Microsoft business intelligence technologies for over 10 years. She is a frequent speaker at the PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections
conferences, and various SQL Saturday and Microsoft-related events
Course Overview Hi everyone. My name is Stacia Varga and welcome to my course, Getting Started with Power BI. I'm a business intelligence consultant and instructor at Data Inspirations, a company I started back in 2006 to help people understand what their data is telling them. Speaking of understanding your data, Power BI is a fantastic tool from Microsoft that helps you do just that with interactive, easy to use visualizations that make it easier to see patterns and relationships. In this course we're going to explore the main features of Power BI so that you can get an idea of what it can do for you and learn how to work with its various components, even if you've never used a reporting tool before. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include mashing together data from different sources, fixing up data to make it easy to explore, building reports and dashboards, and keeping your data up to date. By the end of this course you'll know enough about Power BI to your own simple data mashups and reports. You don't need to be a programmer or have any special skills to work with Power BI. If you've ever built a simple spreadsheet that uses formulas, you're definitely ready to experience the power of Power BI. From here you should feel comfortable diving into courses that include Power Pivot or Data Analysis Expressions, the language known as DAX. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Power BI basics with the Getting Started with Power BI course at Pluralsight.