Building Your First Power BI Report

This course introduces you to the key features of Power BI for loading and structuring data and building a simple report. You’ll also learn how to publish your work to the Power BI service in the cloud and use report elements to build a dashboard.
Course info
Rating
(350)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 1, 2021
Duration
1h 31m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(350)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Mar 1, 2021
Duration
1h 31m
Description

Do you need to use Power BI and don’t know how to get started? In this course, Building Your First Power BI Report, you’ll learn how to access and explore data in a Power BI report. First, you’ll learn how to import an Excel workbook into Power BI and how to fix your data so that it is more usable for reporting. Next, you’ll discover the modeling capabilities available in Power BI to further enhance your data and improve the reporting experience. Finally, you’ll learn how to add data visualizations and static report elements to a report so that you can explore your data from multiple perspectives. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to create simple Power BI reports using your own data.

About the author
About the author

Stacia Misner Varga is an instructor, author, and principal consultant of Data Inspirations. Her career spans more than 30 years, with a focus on improving business practices through technology. Since 2000, she has provided consulting and education services for Microsoft’s data platform and authored or co-authored many books covering this topic. In addition, Stacia has been a frequent speaker over the years at technology conferences worldwide.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello. I'm Stacia Varga. Welcome to the Building Your First Power BI Report course. My job involves working with data all the time, as a consultant helping my clients use and understand their data, and as an instructor and author, teaching people how to build data solutions and work with data effectively. One of the best ways to explore your data is to use Power BI, and it's fun too! This tool includes so many features that it might seem a bit overwhelming at first, but the great part about Power BI is that it's easy for anyone to get started, regardless of your skill level with data and reporting. And then, as you get more familiar with its capabilities, you can explore the more advanced features and grow your reporting skills too. In this course, I'm going to assume that you've never used Power BI before and need an easy introduction to learn your way around the tool and see what its capabilities are. Specifically, we're going to import data from an Excel workbook and then make some structural changes to the data to improve it for reporting. And then we'll work on the data model, which controls how the data behaves in reports. And then, we'll get down to the business of creating a report by placing visualizations and supporting static elements on a page so that we can look at our data from different perspectives. By the end of this course, you'll know how to get data into Power BI and how to use its most important reporting features so that you can build reports using your own data, and you can do this without needing to know anything other than how to install Power BI and how to find files on your computer. You do not need to know how to program or how to write a data query. From here, you can continue learning more about Power BI by viewing other Pluralsight courses on Power Query, Modeling Data in Power BI, DAX, and several other courses covering different aspects of using Power BI. Now, let's get you started on this journey with the Building Your First Power BI Report course, here at Pluralsight.