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Microsoft Power BI Desktop Introduction course

2 days

Microsoft's Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that allows you to gather, shape, analyze and visually explore your data.  The Power BI Desktop is where you CREATE data models and build visual reports.  Once reports are created most use the Power BI Service i.e. to create Dashboards they can share with others to view and interact with, via browsers or on mobile devices.  Anything built in Excel PBI can be converted into PBI Desktop with one click as they use the same engines and languages.

This Microsoft Power BI desktop Introduction course provides you with the tools to quickly analyse vast data sets into meaningful information.

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What will you learn?

At the end of this Microsoft Power BI desktop Introduction course, delegates will be able to:
  • Create and Publish Projects using Power BI Desktop
  • Use data from various sources to create a data model
  • Create and use visualisations
  • Create custom formulae using DAX
  • Use queries
  • Design and Deploying Dashboards
  • Create Dashboards for Mobile Devices


Business/Data analysts or anyone who needs to interpret and communicate large quantities of information clearly by summarising it into easy-to-read tables and graphs.

Course Contents

What is Microsoft Power BI?

  • The Power BI environment
  • (Optional) Creating a Microsoft Power BI Account
  • (Optional) Installing Power BI Desktop
  • Working with the Fields and Visualisation Panes
  • Using Report View and Data View

Data Sources

  • Using Excel, Access and CSV fields as data sources

Data Model Relationships

  • Understanding the Data Model
  • Using Relationship View
  • Creating Many-to-One relationships
  • Understanding Filter propagation


  • Adding visualisation to a Report Canvas
  • Controlling visualisation interactions
  • Using Drill Down and Drill Through
  • Creating and using Hierarchies
  • Importing custom visualisations

Introduction to DAX

  • Why are custom calculations useful?
  • Creating Calculated Columns & Measures
  • Understanding Evaluation Context
  • Using CountRows and DistinctCount
  • Time Intelligence Functions

Using Queries

  • The role of Queries in data import
  • Extract, Transform & Load (ETL)
  • Exploring some data transformations
  • Working with Applied Steps
  • Creating and using Query Parameters

Publishing to Power BI Service

  • Publish your Report to
  • Creating Dashboards
  • Using Quick Insights
  • Using Q&A for interactive data searching

Importing Data into Power BI Service

  • Connecting to a variety of Cloud-based data sources, including OneDrive, Google Analytics, Azure SQL Databases and Websites.

Using Excel’s Power Pivot Data Model in Power BI Service

  • Creating a Power Pivot Data Model in Excel
  • Importing a Power Pivot data Model into Power BI Service
  • Creating a variety of visualisations in Power BI Service using Power Pivot data.

Sharing Dashboards

  • How to share interactive Power BI Dashboards with internal staff and external contacts
  • Sharing using Power BI, Web, PowerPoint
  • Creating and Managing Content Packs
  • Power BI mobile apps

Data Refresh

  • Manually refreshing data
  • Installing and using: the Personal Gateway & the Enterprise Gateway
  • Creating a Scheduled Refresh


  • Importance of calendars
  • Creating a calendar via DAX

Time Intelligence

  • Time Intelligence Functions
  • Comparison with Previous periods
  • Aggregations over time

Course Materials

Enliten IT will provide each delegate with a workbook and other useful reference materials where applicable.  These may be either paper based or in Adobe pdf format or a combination thereof.

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Delegates must have extensive knowledge of working with Pivot tables and an understanding of database principles would be useful.

Additional Information

NOTE:   We only offer the Microsoft Power BI Desktop Introduction course on a private in-house basis.

Enliten IT reserves the right to modify course content and materials as required in the interests of continuous course improvement, at any time, without notification.

The suggested course duration is a guideline.  Course topics and duration may be modified by the instructor based upon the knowledge and skill level of the course participants.