Course Title: Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star
From 1 to 9 days (Lecture + Labs): depends on the modules you enrol.
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The well-known worldwide training in Power BI field, and the most comprehensive Power BI training on the planet from one to nine days of training delivered by the well-known experts and MVPs, authors of books, and speakers of many conferences themselves. In this training course, you will learn Power BI from beginner to advance. You will learn how to use Power BI for simple data analysis situations as well as complex business intelligence scenarios. You will learn about Power BI Components such as Power Query (Get Data and Transform), Modelling and DAX, Visualization, Power BI Desktop as the main tool, Power BI Service, Gateway configuration, and architecture. You will learn all the concepts with live demos. Expect learning best practices with great scenarios in this course. This course is designed in separate modules based on the type of audience. If you are a data analyst, data wrangler, data modeler, or data architect, or even a data scientist, this course has many things to teach you all.
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Instructor: Reza Rad
Our trainer is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is Microsoft Regional Director, a speaker in world’s best and biggest Microsoft Data Platform, BI and Power BI conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, and so on. He is the author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. Reza is the founder of RADACAD and a consultant for more than decades. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft Data Platform MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis; Microsoft has awarded him MVP because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies from 2011 till now (more than eight years). He is the author of Power BI book from Rookie to Rock Star.
Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star
This is the most comprehensive course for Power BI on the planet which split in modules. You can enroll in any of these modules separately or take the whole course. Modules designed independently, which means each module can be taken regardless of the order of modules. Here are a list and detailed agenda of each module:
- Module 1: Power BI for Data Analysts (2 days)
- Module 2: Power BI for Data Wrangler and Transformer (2 days)
- Module 3: Power BI for Data Modeler (2 days)
- Module 4: Power BI for Architects (1 day)
- Module 5: Power BI for Data Scientists (2 days)
Module 1: Power BI for Data Analysts (Visualization) –
This training is designed for data analysts, who have the data modeled and ready for them to visualize. In this training, you will learn detailed visualization practices of Power BI.
In this two days training, you will learn all components of Power BI needed for building Power BI reports and dashboards. You will learn about components such as Get Data (Power Query), Modelling and DAX, and Visualization. You will also learn about the Power BI service (website), and components that are needed to share your reports with others.
The training continues with more focus on Visualization components such as different types of charts and visuals and scenario to use them. You will also learn about advanced visualization techniques such as designing mobile reports, changing the interactivity of visual, detailed learning of slicers and filters, creating parent-child reports, etc.
At the end of this training, you will be able to do all visualization requirements for Power BI and will understand all other components of Power BI and how these are all working together.
The training includes but not limited to topics below:
1.1: Introduction to Power BI
Power BI is the newest Microsoft Business Intelligence and Data Analysis tool. In this module, we will go through the basics of this product and introduce all components of Power BI (Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, and Power Q&A). You will see some demos and introduction about Power BI desktop, Office 365 Power BI subscription, and Power BI website, and mobile apps. You will see some basic demos of how easy to use is Power BI in some scenarios.
- Introduction to Power BI: What is Power BI?
- Power BI Desktop; The First Experience
- Power BI Website; You’ll Need Just a Web Browser
- Introduction to Power BI Components: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, and Power Q&A.
1.2: Getting Data and Transformation
Getting Data is the first experience of working with Power BI. You can connect to many data sources on-premises or on the cloud. In this section, you will learn how the Get data experience in Power BI is and how you can transform the data in a way to get it ready for modeling.
- What is Power Query: Introduction to Data Mash-Up Engine of Power BI
- Different versions of Power Query
- Power Query Introduction
- Query Editor
- Transformation GUI
- Get Started with Power Query: Movies Data Mash-Up
- Power BI Get Data from Excel: Everything You Need to Know
- What is the Role of Power Query in a Power BI Solution
1.3: Data Modelling and DAX
Data Modelling in Power BI is an in-memory-based technology. You will learn about the structure of modeling in Power BI, and you will learn the importance of relationships and their direction. You will also learn about calculations in Power BI and how to write them. DAX is Data Analytical eXpression language. DAX has a similar structure to excel functions, but it is different. In this module, you will learn DAX about DAX too.
The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;
- Power BI xVelocity engine basics and concepts
- Relationships in Power BI
- Hierarchies and Formatting
- Sorting by other columns
- Date Table
- Introduction to DAX
- Calculated Columns, Measures, and Calculated Tables
1.4: Data Visualization
Data Visualization is the front end of any BI application; this is the user viewpoint of your system. It is critical to visualize measures, and dimensions effectively so the BI system could tell the story of the data. In this module, you will learn conceptual best practices of data visualizations which is valid through all data visualization tools. You will learn Power BI visualization skills. You will learn how to create effective charts, and dashboards using these tools as well as best practices for working with Power BI Desktop.
The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;
- Power BI Desktop Visualization
- Formatting Visuals in Power BI Desktop
- Basic Charts and Visuals in Power BI
- Sorting, Filtering, and categorization
- Custom Visuals in Power BI Desktop
- Maps and Geo-Spatial Visualization
1.5: Power BI Service
Power BI components can be deployed into different environments such as Power BI website, Office 365 subscription, or even SharePoint on-premises. In this module, we will go through deployment options, Configurations, and requirements required for each environment. You will learn how to deploy your Power BI files into Power BI website. You will also learn how to build dashboards on the website, and how to work with Mobile Apps for Apple, Android and Windows Phone.
The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;
- Basic Sharing and using workspaces in Power BI web site
- Dashboard vs. Report
- Power Q&A
- Mobile Dashboard Design
- Row Level Security
- Schedule Refresh vs. Other types of connections
- Gateway’s Role in the Service
1.6: Visualization Basics
Visualization is an important part of any BI system. In Power BI, Visualization plays a critical part. In this section, you will learn about why visualization is important, with few basics of visualizations such as comparing stacked vs. clustered chart. You will also learn in this section about data exploration techniques such as drill down/up, using pages, etc.
- Importance of Visualization
- Basic Charts; Bar and Column Charts
- Clustered vs. Stacked Charts
- Q&A for Reports
- Quick Measures in Power BI
- Drill Down and Up using visuals and hierarchies
1.7: Slicing and Dicing
The importance of slicing and dicing data in Power BI is critical. Power BI is not a visualization tool only, but it is also a data exploration tool. There are several ways you can filter the data. In this section, you will learn the difference between filters and slicers. You also learn about different scopes of filtering, as well as filtering modes. For slicers, you will learn different types of slicers and some advanced features such as syncing slicers through different pages.
- Scopes of Filters: Visual Level, Page Level, Report Level
- Modes of Filtering: Basic, Advanced, Relative, Top N
- Drill through Page Filter: Creating master-details page scenario in Power BI
- Types of Slicers; Date, Text, Number
- Slicer Formatting
- Syncing Slicer between Pages
1.8: Advanced Visualization in Power BI
Know that you know about visualizations and slicing and dicing, it is a good time to talk about some advanced techniques which will take your visualizations to the next level in Power BI. You will learn about techniques such as changing the interaction of visuals, report page tooltips, Bookmarks and dynamic visualizations in this section.
- Report Page Tooltip
- Controlling the interaction of Visuals in a page
- Designing Power BI reports for Mobile
- Grouping and Binning
- Bookmark; saving the state of a page
- Buttons; action items
- Selection pane; visibility control in Power BI
- Golden triangle; Bookmark, button, and selection pane
- Colour theme or pallets in Power BI
1.9: Best Practice Scenarios of Using Visuals
It is a good time to learn about all built-in visuals in Power BI now. It is important to know which visual should be used in what scenario. You will also learn in this section about the pros and cons of each visual. You will learn specific features of the visual that can help to solve real-world scenarios. All the examples will be hands-on.
- Line Chart; Trend Analysis
- Combo Charts; Different Scales in one graph
- Ribbon Chart; Ranking
- Waterfall Chart; Cashflow
- Scatter Chart; Storytelling with the data
- Grouping charts: Pie, Donut chart, and Treemap charts
- KPI visual
- Card Visual
- Table and Matrix; showing the numbers with conditional formatting
1.10: Geo Location Visualization: Map Visuals
In Power BI, there are multiple ways of visualizing items on the map. In this section, you will learn about all the built-in ways of using map visuals in Power BI, the pros, and cons of each method and special considerations for some of the visuals.
- Map Visual; Using Bing to find spots
- Fine Tuning Address Details
- Map Visual; Using Latitude and Longitude
- Filled Map; Regions and Polygons
- Data Category importance for the filled map
- Shape Map; Having custom map visual
- ArcGIS Map; Map visual which can do everything
1.11: Custom Visuals
In addition to the built-in list of Power BI visuals, you can leverage some of the third party visuals created by other companies called Custom Visuals. Creating custom visuals is a developer topic, which we won’t discuss in this training, but you will learn about how to use custom visuals. You will learn about the most useful custom visuals in Power BI through many demos.
- Adding and using a custom visual
- Infographic Designer
- Tachometer Gauge
- Map custom visuals
- Certified custom visuals
- Hierarchy Slicer
- Play Axis
- R Custom Visuals
Why Power BI Training?
Power BI is the newest Microsoft BI tool for data mash up, build modeling, and visualize it effectively. It supports mobile devices, it supports self-service, and along with its great functionalities, it doesn’t require heavy development or production system.
Common Myths about Power BI
There are some myths about Power BI that sometimes prevents people and organization to move towards using this product. We’ve listed some of the myths in following. Please note that these are Myths, and they are not the right assumptions.
Myth 1: Power BI is a self-service Excel tool, and isn’t suitable for Enterprise Solutions.
There are many scenarios that Power BI has been used in enterprise solutions. Power BI features for data mash up (with the very powerful data transformation component: Power Query), and data modelling based on xVelocity in-memory engine (Power Pivot), and great data visualization components such as Power View and Power Map, along with mobility support of this product, are rarely available in other products. We have designed, implemented and have seemed many BI enterprise solutions based on Power BI within very large organizations.
Myth 2: Power BI is easy to use, and doesn’t require a training course.
Power BI is an easy to use tool, but for basic functions. Every BI application requires calculated measure, which needs to be written in DAX. Every BI application requires advanced data transformations which need to be handled with Power Query M scripting language. Designing and implementing solutions with Best Practices is always a requirement for reliable BI applications. We designed our Power BI training in a way that delivers advanced content for all components of Power BI, and fortify your team’s knowledge on the product, so they can solve any complex challenge with this tool.
Myth 3: Power BI is only for Microsoft based environments and platforms.
Power Query is the core of data extraction in Power BI. Power Query supports a wide range of data sources. Not only SQL Server, but also Oracle, MySQL, web service result set, DB2 and many other data source are supported. There is also the possibility to connect to many systems such as Salesforce. The Visualization component of Power BI is also HTML5 supported and is available for all mobile devices. Power BI app in AppStore, and Google PlayStore, as well as Microsoft AppStore, enables dashboards and data visualizations to be available in all environments.
Myth 4: Power BI is not a powerful and fully functional BI tool, and cannot be compared with other tools in the market.
In fact, the reverse is true. Power BI is such powerful that can be the replacement of many other expensive BI tools in the market. We’ve been through scenarios of successful Power BI solutions that have been a replacement of Cognos, IBM products, Oracle WB, SAP BO, and so on. Power BI has 5 powerful components that cover main aspects of BI and data analysis system.
In addition, there is always the possibility to use this as a hybrid approach and save lots of time and money along with great features that are only available in this product.
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What others say about the training and trainer
Daniel R Tuma, Senior Systems Analyst at Cleveland Metro Schools, Ohio, USA
I spent probably about two weeks looking for a good Microsoft Power BI class that would cover all of the aspects of the program. I wanted to walk away from the class being able to apply what I learned immediately. Most training companies that I looked into were in a state of flux with Power BI mostly due to the transitions that Power BI itself was going through. Then I stumbled on the RADACAD web site. Reza Rad touted a course that he taught named “Power BI, From Rookie to Rock star.” If the class was indeed an A to Z course, then it was exactly what I was looking for. The class outline seemed to include every topic on my checkoff list plus much more. I decided to give Reza a try.
Reza completely lived up to his hype. He took us through a natural progression of the software, using example after example of how to complete a task. We went through real world scenarios, a bare minimum of two scenarios for each minor topic. I was completely impressed with his Power BI knowledge, understanding and abilities. Any question we came to Reza with was answered completely and with even more examples.
After the class, my goal of immediately applying what I learned was attained. Right away I was able to successfully pull and massage data, create useful reports and post them to dashboards.
I would recommend Radacad Power BI Training without hesitation.
Jeffrey Weir; Independent Consultant, Wellington, New Zealand
I learned a lot from this course: it gave a great overview of what’s possible both right from the UI, and what more awaits if you lift the hood and pimp the engine. It’s incredible to see just how much PowerBI and PowerQuery radically simplify what I would otherwise have to do with many, many lines of complicated VBA code. And Reza is a masterful user of this tool.
Note that Reza covers a lot of ground in this course, and it is pretty fast paced. While you can take a laptop and follow along as Reza takes PowerBI/Powerquery through its paces, for the one-day course my recommendation would be to keep that laptop closed, and simply sit back and watch Reza in action, so you can fully concentrate on just how simple this tool is to use in the right hands as well as think about how you might use the tool to your own ends and ask questions along those lines. You can always purchase the video course (if it’s not already included in your course) and step through the material again at your own pace.
Rob Wilby; Independent Consultant, UK
I must say your “Power BI Essentials” course has been the most comprehensive Power BI course I have found to date and seeing how you work with data especially the little tricks naturally introduced at just the right moments has made this course a pleasure to take.
Martin Catherall – Data Platform MVP, PASS Regional Mentor
I attended Reza’s Power BI pre-con “From Rookie to Rock star” at SQL Saturday Brisbane in May 2016. I was a complete Power BI novice, having only previously accomplished a few very basic things with Power BI. Reza took the group through all the components that make up environment. He explained how they had evolved and took the group through walk-throughs of each one. Reza was great an answering questions from the audience at the event and going into extra detail if necessary. All-in all, I would say that I’m now a very confident Power BI user after attending Reza’s pre-con.
Dan Cheshire, Senior Project Manager Air New Zealand
Reza does not just know Power BI like the back of his hand, he is the most commercially aware BI person I know. He understands that companies work in the real world and that data isn’t always clean and needs manipulation for it to work and be useful. When Reza worked on our project, nothing phased or flustered him, he always came up with solutions for problems that seemed to me as insurmountable. Can’t recommend him enough, invest in Reza as he will not only save you a whole heap of time, but he comes up with long lasting and very powerful Power BI solutions for your business.
Sonia Buckley, Data Analyst at Zoom2u, Sydney, Australia
We have started to use Microsoft Power BI and whilst Microsoft tutorials are helpful, if you are not used to DAX then it is very difficult to get your head around and there is little other resources that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I had a call with Reza who made my life so much easier in just under an hour! Any time spent speaking to Reza will be well worth it – I have saved hours of trying to get my head around our dashboards by getting some very useful tips and explanations on why things are done the DAX way! Not only that but he is very patient and straight forward. Highly recommended!
R. Kemp, Canada
The course was an excellent investment overall, it exceed my expectations. It was well paced and presented. The instructor, Reza Rad, was excellent and was able to answer all my questions and explain complex idea in a manner that was easy to understand and follow. I had been using Power BI Desktop for a number of months prior to taking this course, but wish I had attended it sooner! The course structure of 1 day of overall Power BI and followed by 4 days of more intensive instruction on the various parts of Power BI allowed for a basic understanding of the whole, and then more comprehensive learning. The live-on-line experience worked well technically and allowed for questions and problem-solving with the instructor. I learned a lot about Power BI and this course gave me a great foundation for using Power BI to clean, model, design, and share reports using a variety of visualizations that will provide business intelligence to my company. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Power BI either as a starting point or even after you have used the tool to deepen your understanding and build your skill-set.
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