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Established May 1992
30 years in business
Wise Owl Training
30 years in business
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Classroom training -  Introduction to Power BI

Online Training

Introduction to Power BI

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£695 + 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)
18-19 Jul 09:30-16:30 £695 Book
02-03 Aug 09:30-16:30 £695 Book
18-19 Aug 09:30-16:30 £695 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 visuals
  • Shapes, text boxes and images

Data sources

  • SQL Server / databases
  • Excel / CSV files
  • Websites

Creating data models

  • Relationships
  • Hiding fields and tables
  • Renaming fields/tables

Working with visuals

  • The formatting pane
  • Conditional formatting
  • Visual interactions

Charts

  • Creating charts
  • Bubble and other charts
  • Grouping data
  • Small multiples

Matrices

  • Row and column headers
  • Drill-down

Dashboard visuals

  • Gauges
  • Cards
  • KPIs

Query editor

  • Filtering rows
  • Manipulating columns
  • Working with data types
  • Creating new columns

Filtering data

  • Slicers
  • Using the filter pane

Drill-through

  • Adding drillthrough filters
  • Creating back buttons
  • Button drill-through

Basic maps

  • Bubble maps
  • Filled maps
  • Geographical data categories

Calculated columns

  • Adding columns
  • IF and SWITCH
  • The RELATED function

Basic publishing

  • Power BI Service
  • Workspaces
  • Dashboards and tiles
  • Lineage view

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 6 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
  • 520 references viewable online

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):

"The course was great! Learned so much and even gave me new ideas/knowledge on how to startup my project. The trainer is brilliant with the way he made the lessons so easy to understand (despite the information overload). Great job and thanks again! "

Ramon Dimaano (Waltham Forest Council)

"I thought that our trainer was excellent and made the two days a really enjoyable and informative experience."

Robert Smith (Valuation Office Agency)

"Our trainer was a great host, with the ability to convey the information in a clear and concise manner. The day was filled with information but kept a good pace that enabled us to get through the course with enough time to take breath and ask questions where needed."

Anthony Gray (Homes England)

"Very good course taught at a good pace. Excellent trainer who engaged the group well and concentrated on certain content we'd find useful. Very helpful user guide as well, which I will find useful as I start to use Power BI more."

Ruth Brennan (Great Western Railway (GWR))

"I just wanted to offer some feedback on the course last week, an excellent tutor, venue was perfect including the short walk from Piccadilly station and content and course pitch and speed was spot on. From the moment I found Wise Owl as a potential training company I have been nothing but very impressed, I have booked 2 of my team on a SQL course in February and I have no doubts going forwards I will be looking to you guys as my first point of call for training. "

Rob Walker (JDP Furniture Group 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 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.