Introduction to Power BI
Introduction to Power BI (Video)

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


Power BI is a suite of features offered by Microsoft to help regular people like you and me perform high-quality business intelligence analysis, gain insights ourselves, and provide access to those analyses and insights to the rest of our organization. My name is Chelsea Dohemann and I am a certified Microsoft Office Master and have been training people on how to use Power BI since it was just a group of Excel add-ins. Feel free to connect with me at the link on the screen, or if you have any questions about this course or any other Cloud Academy courses, direct those queries to

The only prerequisite for this module is an interest in Power BI. When you've completed the course, please do take a moment to rate it, as this valuable feedback helps us deliver high-quality training to you.

In this module, we're learning about the capabilities of Power BI. As part of our adventure, we will be identifying the primary components of Power BI, learning to use visuals and filters, learning our way around the Power BI desktop, and understanding the difference between dashboards, workspaces and reports. We will need to learn how to bring in our data, clean it up and transform it so that our insights will be accurate and meaningful. We will also be learning about usage for some of the custom visuals, including custom charts and custom controls, which allow us to graduate beyond the default visualizations. And then we are gonna learn to create that high-value buzzword, the dashboard. Let's get started.

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.