This course covers the content required for the PL-300 certification exam.
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Do you already use reporting software such as Access, SSRS, Tableau or WebI? Or is this your first reporting software tool? Either way, welcome.
In this course, learn the skills that Microsoft want you to know, and add another tool to your CV, and even go for the Microsoft Power BI certification.
Power BI is one of the most requested reporting tools that are requested in the job market, and the ability to being able to use it now could be very useful for your current work, and your next job hunt.
This course comes in four parts:
Part 1 – Creating Visualizations (also known as Visualize the Data, and Analyze the Data)
We’ll download and install for free Power BI Desktop. We’ll start by creating our first visualizations (vizzes) and investigate the Power BI interface.
We’ll look at the various visualisations available, and go through their common properties. We’ll create maps, hierarchies, KPIs, guages, and all sorts of chart types.
Part 2 – Get and Transform Data (also known as Prepare the Data)
We see how data can be transformed, saving you time in analysing the data. We’ll look at sorting and filtering, split columns, and other transform activities. We’ll merge, append and combine queries together. We’ll Pivot and Unpivot, and transform text, numbers, dates and times, and create custom columns using the M language.
Part 3 – Refining the model (also known as Model the Data)
We’ll see how relationships can be made through multiple tables, and refine the data with custom columns and measures using the DAX language.
Part 4 – Power BI Service
We’ll then publish our visualisations onto the Power BI Service (which you can sign up for free), and then from your reports create dashboards. With the Power BI Pro (for which you can get a free trial), you can also create workspaces and apps.
The course will take around 27 hours to complete, but completing this will enable you to create vizzes, dashboards and stories of your own, and know how to overcome common problems.
The course increases in difficulty slowly, so you’ll create for instance a table or basic bar chart, then turn it into a stacked bar chart, and investigate more of their properties, step by step.
The course is fairly relaxed – there will be a few “wrong turns”, so you can see what problems might arise, but every lesson works towards an end goal at a relatively slow pace, so you can follow on your own computer easily. I assume that you know how to use a computer, including installing programs, but the actual analysis will be at a basic level, and I’ll introduce every component as we go on.
At the end of the course, you can download a certificate of completion, so you can show everyone your new-found skills, and be able to start creating analyses for yourselves. And with a bit of practice, you could also go for the official Microsoft PL-300 exam – wouldn’t that certificate look good on your CV or resume? And if you are an American college student, you might even get college credit for passing that exam (DA-100 only).