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Introduction to Power BI

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

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

Our online Introduction to Power BI course gets you up and running with Microsoft's increasingly influential Business Intelligence tool.  Over the two days that the course lasts you'll learn how to:

  • load data from data sources like Excel, CSV files, SQL Server and even websites
  • create and format visuals (and get them to interact with each other)
  • create charts, matrices, gauges, KPIs and custom visuals
  • use Query Editor to transform your data before loading it
  • create calculated columns in tables
  • create slicers, filters and drill-downs to choose data to view
  • get an introduction to creating maps in Power BI
  • publish your reports to the basic Power BI service

You don't need any prior knowledge to sit on this course, but you will need a second monitor to participate effectively.

Course schedule

Here are our next few online Introduction to Power BI course dates:

Dates Times Price (excl. VAT)
12-13 Nov 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
10-11 Dec 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
14-15 Jan 09:30-16:30 £595 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

The contents of this course are as follows:

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

Overview of maps

  • The types of map
  • Geo-location
  • Introduction to ArcGIS

Calculated columns

  • Adding columns
  • IF and SWITCH
  • The RELATED function

Publishing reports

  • Power BI accounts
  • Power BI files (PBIX)

Power BI Service

  • Publishing
  • Dashboards and tiles
  • Sharing reports

App workspaces

  • Creating app workspaces
  • Publishing apps

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

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 7 full-time 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):

"Excellent course, the trainer was very knowledgeable and covered additional areas. Very impressed. I attended an SSRS course previously and was impressed with the content/trainer of that course as well."

Sam Wilkinson (Humankind Charity)

"Great content, well taught. Very useful. Would recommend!"

James Talbot (1st Executive Ltd)

"Manual is amazing. The trainer was really helpful, explained each topic thoroughly and went above and beyond to show extra steps. Definitely one of the best courses I have been on."

Sehrish Aslam (Trident Building Consultancy)

"The course was great and very beneficial. The content was good and the trainer was great. The layout of the room including refreshments was very thoughtful."

Ahbab Miah (London Borough of Tower Hamlets)

"(Intro Power BI) The trainer's pace was perfect for course. He understood the level at which candidates were at and paced the course accordingly. (Adv Power BI) Excellent course! A lot to take in but the supporting info is superb."

Leo Skelly (Prima Group)

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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.