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Classroom training -  Fast track Power BI/DAX

Online Training

3-day intensive Power BI/DAX training course

Live online training course - classroom version also available

Three days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This is our most popular three-day fast-track course.  To use the whole of Power BI you need to learn about building data models, massaging data using Query Editor and working with visuals, but at some stage you're also probably going to have to learn about DAX, the underlying language you can use to create calculated columns and measures.  This fast-track course won't make you a DAX guru, but it will give you a good start, covering the all-important concepts of row and filter context and showing how you can use time-intelligence functions to compare data such as sales across a range of periods. 

Our online fast-track courses are only available as tailored courses (you can see why here). They're not for the faint-hearted: the idea is to provide as quick a start to learning software as possible, for people who are IT-ability-rich but time-poor.

Course Contents

This fast-track course combines topics from the following other Wise Owl courses:

From our INTRODUCTION TO POWER BI course

Basic reports

  • Getting data
  • Basic visualisations
  • Shapes, text boxes and images

Data sources

  • SQL Server / databases
  • Excel / text files
  • Websites and web services

Formatting visualisations

  • The formatting panes
  • Conditional formatting

Charts

  • Working with charts
  • Specific chart type issues
  • Grouping and binning

Other types of visualisation

  • Working with matrices
  • Working with cards

Dashboard visualisations

  • Gauges
  • Single-number visualisations
  • KPIs

Query editor

  • Filtering rows
  • Manipulating columns
  • Working with data types

More on query editor

  • Creating new columns
  • Introducing the M language

Multiple tables

  • Relationships
  • Filter directions

Filtering data

  • Slicers
  • Visualisation level filters

Drill-down

  • Interactions
  • "See records" feature

Drill-through filtering

  • Adding drillthrough filters
  • Back buttons

Publishing reports

  • Power BI accounts
  • Power BI files (PBIX)

Power BI Service

  • Publishing
  • Dashboards and tiles
  • Sharing reports
From our DAX course

Ways to edit DAX

  • Power BI
  • PowerPivot
  • SSAS Tabular
  • DAX Studio

Data model basics

  • Linking to data
  • Creating a data model

Calculated columns

  • Creating calculated columns
  • IF and SWITCH
  • Showing RELATED data
  • Dealing with blanks

Basic measures

  • Creating measures
  • Understanding filter context
  • Using a measures table
  • AggregateX functions

The CALCULATE function

  • Filter context revisited
  • Removing and replacing context
  • Context transition

Covered if time allows If time

The VALUES function

  • The HASONEVALUE function
  • Listing single values
  • Parameter tables

Covered if time allows If time

Dynamic measures

  • The ISFILTERED function
  • The ALLSELECTED FUNCTION
  • Dynamic titles

Covered if time allows If time

The FILTER function

  • Row context
  • Iterator functions
  • Applying criteria

Variables

  • Creating variables
  • Using for debugging

Calendars and dates

  • Creating a calendar
  • Date-based functions

Advanced date functions

  • Multiple relationships
  • Moving averages
From our ADVANCED POWER BI course

Tooltips

  • Tooltip backgrounds
  • Dynamic report tooltips
  • Visual header tooltips

Quick measures

  • Date tables
  • Time intelligence
  • Showing selected items
  • Filtering columns

Bookmarks

  • Creating bookmarks
  • Data and display properties
  • Spotlighting and hiding visuals

Covered if time allows If time

Bookmark case studies

  • Dynamic chart axes
  • Dynamic page titles

Covered if time allows If time

Power BI Templates

  • Creating templates
  • Using parameters

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 5 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 6 Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Great course, well prepared. Facilities good too (laptops, books etc)"

Daryl Boylan (NSL Limited)

"Excellent, really enjoyed it. Pace was good."

Lucy Goodfellow (Waltham Forest Council)

"The course was exactly what I was looking for in order to complete a specific project that I am working on shortly. Many of the topics are relevant to what I had in mind for the project. The content of the course and duration were right for a basics to RB. The trainer, was excellent and I learned a lot from his teaching method."

Mark McArdle (BAE Systems)

"Very efficient, relaxed, great trainer."

Haidar Javed (Argos Ltd)

"Great enthusiasm, material, references, knowledge."

Emma Jellicoe (Groupe Bel UK Ltd)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post (free for UK bookings) containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  This is because:

  • you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed; and
  • we use Teams for our online training, which you can run through most modern browsers.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

After the course finishes you'll receive an electronic certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

You can see full details of exactly how our online courses work here.