Design Data Layout and Mapping
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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 that we know how to create a dashboard and add some tiles, we should probably learn what makes a well-designed dashboard. Start by considering your audience and the metrics they need most, all of those metrics should be visible at first glance. This means they don't need to scroll to see the most important metrics. In fact, if you find you're having to scroll a bit to see all of the metrics on your dashboard, consider removing some less important tiles.

Remember that your viewers will be able to select a tile and open the related report if they do wanna see more detail. You should also consider on what type of device your consumers will view the dashboard. If on a computer monitor, you can add more tiles, but if they will view it on mobile then fewer tiles is more readable. You can actually see the way mobile viewers will view this dashboard by going to 'edit', 'mobile layout', customize this mobile layout just for your mobile users.

When you're done, choose mobile layout and switch back to web layout. And for those scenarios when you need to present your dashboard, such as a meeting or a presentation, make sure to utilize full-screen mode. That way everyone can see as clearly as possible the great dashboard you made.

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.