Power BI Desktop Next Steps

This one-day workshop builds on the knowledge learned on the Power BI Desktop Fundamentals course with more focus on DAX calculations, in particular Time Intelligence.

Please make sure you are comfortable with the topics covered on the Fundamentals course before attending this follow up day.

This course is only available for private bookings, either for groups or as a one-to-one, held online via Zoom or in the classroom. Please get in touch for availability.

Course Outline

To take part in this course, you will need to have Power BI Desktop installed and updated to the latest version of the software. Either the free version or the Premium paid version is fine - however, if you would like to use Power BI to publish reports securely to your organisation, you will need the Premium version. This course is for PC users only — Power BI is not currently available on Mac.

What you will learn

By the end of this workshop you will have recapped and continued your learning of Power BI and be able to:

  • Create a data model by importing data from various sources
  • Use the query editor to clean and transform data
  • Insert calculated columns using “M” functions
  • Understand and manage data relationships
  • Create and edit hierarchies
  • Create an interactive report with charts, maps, tables and slicers
  • Create and edit Measures (DAX aggregate functions)
  • Publish your Power BI report

Course timetable

Session 1

  • Preview of the example dashboard report we will create during the training

Session 2: Further Cleaning and Transforming data using Power Query Editor

  • Example transformation queries:
    • Unpivoting columns: flatten a “cross tab” table
    • Transforming dates using locale
    • Grouping data
    • Importing data from a folder in one go
    • Importing all worksheets in a workbook in one go
    • If then else formulas

Session 3: Modelling your data in Power BI

  • Enter data v. connecting to data sources v. Direct Query
  • The importance of a Date Table
  • Categorising data (for use with mapping)
  • Recap on relationships

Session 4: Focus on DAX Formulas

  • Time Intelligence (MTD, QTD, YTD, SAMEPERIODLASTYEAR, DATESADD)
  • Understanding CALCULATE and the filter context
  • SELECTEDVALUE and CONCATENTEX
  • USERELATIONSHIP
  • SWITCH
  • Using DAX aggregate functions in visualizations and custom report titles
  • Using a DAX measure to create a KPI

Session 5: Creating and publishing your report

Exercise to create and publish an interactive drill through report with chart and map visualisations including:

  • A refresher of the different filter options available and controlling how the filter pane displays when published
  • Conditional formatting charts
  • Customised tooltips
  • Analytics including trend lines on line charts
  • Adding hidden pages to your report and using bookmark buttons to view them
  • Importing custom visuals from the market place
  • Considerations when publishing including Row Level Security

This course can be delivered in the classroom or remotely via Zoom. Contact us for availability and pricing.

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Group Learning Events

If you have three or more learners, a private group course could be cheaper.

We can tailor the content to your team, and host the training remotely, at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London.

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Get in touch

This course is only available as a one-to-one or private group booking.

For pricing and availability, send us a message using the form below, leave us a message on 020 7375 7300, or speak to an Account Manager straight away using our Live Chat service in the bottom right of your screen!

The Small Print

To take part in this course, you will need to have Power BI Desktop installed and updated to the latest version of the software. Either the free version or the Premium paid version is fine - however, if you would like to use Power BI to publish reports securely to your organisation, you will need the Premium version. This course is for PC users only — Power BI is not currently available on Mac.

For Live Online Interactive Learning sessions (webinars)

The course will run remotely for one day between 9:30 – 16:30.

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera – if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

This course will run from 10am to 4:45pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes) on both days. Please be careful to arrive by 9:45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

Your post-course support package

  • Included in the price of both online and classroom programmes
  • 2 years of free access to our IT Helpline
  • Unlimited access - call or email our team as often as you need
  • Ask about any content covered on your course

Did you know...

...Power BI breaks the mould of traditional BI development and makes the analytics process easier and more flexible?

Power BI saves a lot of time and labour and makes sharing super simple. Power BI has its own desktop app, but is also built into Excel. Take a look at Happy's other training courses in Power BI and data analysis.

Power BI Desktop Fundamentals to enable you to create a data model, use the query editor, understand and manage data relationships and more. Find out more

Introduction to Power Query to enable you to import, tidy up and transform data, and output a workable, clean data set for analysis. Find out more

Introduction to Power Pivot to enable you to analyse, visualise and report on large amounts of data. Find out more. Find out more