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We live in the times of ever-expanding data. And where there’s data, there’s analytics on top of it. Anyone who has ever worked with data or aspires, needs to have hands-on experience with a few tools. One such tool is the Microsoft Power BI Desktop.
I guess that is why you all are here. Because you’ve either heard or read about this new end in-analytics tool by Microsoft. Well, you’ve come to the right place. This blog, specifically, will help you with all you need to get started with Power BI certification training. Hope you enjoy learning this new piece of technology.
In this Power BI Desktop Tutorial, you will be learning the following topics:
Power BI Desktop allows you to ingest, transform, integrate and enrich your data. Connecting to all your data sources, Power BI Desktop simplifies data evaluation and sharing with scalable dashboards, interactive reports, embedded visuals and more.
The more you use it, the better you’ll get at it. So, let’s get started.
It’s a pretty simple process. All you have to do is:
You could just be a free user at first and then download a paid version later if you like. You can see the differences between being a free user and a paid user at the Pricing page. The basic difference only arises with data usage capacity.
The first thing you do in order to build a dashboard is, you connect to data sources. Following are the steps you need to follow to import the datasets.
So, when you first load your data you see a blank screen. On the left, you see these 3 basic views you have here.
Here you’ll create the dashboard.
Here you get a preview of your data and make changes if you want to. This is also where you can create a new calculated column.
Here you can see the relationship in the objects.
It’s always advisable to begin with the data view. You basically get the preview of what your data looks like. Here are a few things to take care of, before you actually start creating the dashboard.
We’re building the dashboard for the user. All the naming conventions and data types are going to appear at the surface and we want it to be as interactive as possible.
Anything that’s not absolutely necessary in the model – delete it. Because it’s going to contribute to the size of the model and take up more system resources whilst processing.
Once you’re done with all the transformations, you can directly go to the report view of your Power BI Desktop.
Now, you’re ready to start the fun part. That is creating the dashboard. It’s pretty easy to work with. So, if I want to create a chart, all I have to do is select your data fields, drag and drop them where it says drag data fields here.
You can follow the table given below to help you choose the most appropriate visualization for any case.
|Requirement||Charts you can use||Use Cases|
Comparison on a common axis
|Clustered Bar/Column Charts||Annual per unit sales of a company, Life expectancy stats of 15 countries|
Changes in an initial value over time
|Waterfall Charts||Inventory Audits, Difference in profits per year per sector|
Displaying and Comparing trends over time
|Area charts, Line charts, KPI, Ribbon Charts||Growth in sales over a period of time, Trends over a period of time|
Track and Display Up-to-date figures
|Cards, KPIs||Absolute numbers, Last Updated Dates|
Values breakdown as parts of a Whole
|Pie Charts, Tree Maps, Donut Charts, Stacked Bar/Column Charts||Categorical charts, Percentage breakdowns|
Stages of a linear process
|Funnel Charts||Potential to Sales Chart|
Progress to a measurable goal
|KPIs, Gauges||Targets, Progress towards Targets|
Data with numerical values along both axes
|Bubble Charts||Risk Analysis of projects with the highest values|
Quantitative data that is relevant to physical locations
|Maps, Filled Maps, ArcGIS Maps||Viewer Density in different states, sales in a particular State|
I would also recommend you to watch this video to get a better idea of how these charts would look like on the desktop.
And now you’re ready to deploy this to the Power BI site. All you must do is click on the Publish Button on the right top corner of the screen.
Now that you’ve learned all about the Power BI Desktop, go on and create comprehensive and powerful visualization reports with this technology.
You can use these sample datasets to start experimenting with Power BI Desktop.