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Power BI has changed the BI landscape forever, enabling BI professionals and regular Excel users alike to work with big data and build insightful dashboards. 

Learn to use this powerful business intelligence solution from the ground up. Navigate the intuitive user interface and explore the ecosystem of data modeling tools. Discover outside-the-box visualizations and broadcast your insights to colleagues in the Power BI Service. This Course gives you a solid foundation to begin your Power BI journey. 

Learning Objectives

On completing this Course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the primary components of the Power BI interface: reports, data, and model views
  • Import Excel data and build basic visuals
  • Publish a desktop report to the Power BI Service
  • Identify common challenges in Power BI data models, implement smart solutions, and avoid common mistakes

Intended Audience

  • Business professionals whose job requires them to design, build, or deliver business intelligence metrics
  • Anyone preparing to take the Microsoft PL-900 exam


A desire to learn to use Power BI


Now, even though Power BI supplies you with many visualizations out of the box, sometimes we need more nuanced and specialized visualizations. Power BI allows you to easily find and install custom visuals that have been created by Microsoft and community members and shared with the Power BI community via the App Source tab. Microsoft has tested and approved these Power BI Visuals for functionality, and many of them come with handy instructions showing you how to use them.

To get started from the Visualizations pane here, we'll click on the ellipsis and choose Get More Visuals. If you don't see what you need, you can always search for something specific, but I do see a couple here that are frequently used and you'll probably want to know about them. The Chiclet Slicer, which closely resembles Excel Slicers, and the Infographic Designer. Just click Add to download and install them. Now that we've downloaded this one, I'll add some relevant data, and just like that, we're using a custom visual.

About the Author

Chelsea Dohemann is a Senior Technical Trainer and Microsoft Certified Master with almost a decade of experience in technology training. She has taught an array of applications from Microsoft products including Office 365 web apps, Microsoft Office Suite, Power BI, VBA for Excel, and SharePoint to Adobe Acrobat Pro and Creative Cloud. Being a persistent learner herself, Chelsea is acutely in-tune with the challenges of learning. She presents her topics in plain language, with real-world examples, reducing complex concepts down to their simple parts.