Supercharge Power BI

Power BI is better when you learn to write DAX

Anyone can learn to use Power BI.  But if you want to Supercharge Power BI, you really need to learn the DAX (Data Analysis Expressions) language.  There is so much more you can do with Power BI once you learn to write DAX.   Anyone that uses Excel can learn the DAX language, but it can be mysteriously confusing to first time Power BI users.  I can help you with that.

This online training course is a combination of:

  1. Self-paced remote learning using one of my books (see below)
  2. Weekly video based training with examples and demos to support the complex topics in the book
  3. Weekly live screen sharing Q&A sessions with me, Matt Allington.

This course will teach you how to use the data modelling capabilities in Power BI Desktop and Power Pivot for Excel.

Which Book is Right for You?

 

I have just completed my new book “Supercharge Power BI: Power BI is better when you learn to write DAX“.  Participants in this training will be given an eBook copy of the original book “Learn to Write DAX” for Excel, and also the new book “Supercharge Power BI”.  Both books follow the same learning curriculum but using the different software products (Excel or Power BI).  You can choose to read which ever version you prefer to participate in the training.

Benefits of Learning This Way

This training course has been specifically designed to provide the following benefits.

  • The training is run in semesters so that you can be part of a class of people that are all learning together.
  • You get to learn incrementally over a 5 week period in your own time.  Just find 20-30 minutes per day.
  • There is a weekly video where Matt Allington explains the concepts that are harder to learn yourself (around 40 mins each week).  You read the chapters assigned for each week, do the exercises in those chapters and then watch the video to summarise the week.  You can watch these at any time in the week that suits you.
  • You get direct access to me (Matt Allington) to ask for clarification on learning topics you might be unsure about during the weekly Q&A session.  You can ask any questions about the topics you have at these sessions.
  • You can choose the appropriate session times for the weekly Q&A sessions that suit your time zone.
  • You will have access to the online course material (videos) for 12 months, so if you want to come back and watch them again then that is fine. Also, you will receive the Q&A session recording through email and you can keep a copy for future reference.
  • The cost is very affordable compared with a comparable live training course (about 80% cheaper)

Suitable Q&A Time Zones for Every Country

There are multiple semesters running in parallel that cater for all time zones where ever you are in the world.  If you are an early bird or a night owl, feel free to book into any of the semesters that suit your needs.

How it Works

You will get a DRM free eBook copy of the book Learn to Write DAX and a pre-release beta copy of my new book Supercharge Power BI included in the purchase price for this training. If you prefer a paperback, you can refer to my book page here to find a suitable place to purchase the physical book (some people just like a real book).

The course is spread across 5 weeks.  Each week, you need to

  • study the chapters prescribed for the week
  • complete the exercises in the relevant chapters for the week
  • watch the video summary for the week to cement your learning
  • attend the weekly Q&A seminar and bring along any questions you have ready to ask for clarification.

The examples and exercises in the book are based on the Adventure Works Access database that you can download for practice as you proceed with the chapters.

access Adventure Works Database Download


Course Syllabus

The course will follow the chapters in my books (Learn to Write DAX and Supercharge Power BI) as outlined below.
If you want to learn using Excel, follow the book Learn to Write DAX, and if you want to learn using Power BI Desktop, follow the book Supercharge Power BI. Either way you will learn the same concepts that you can use both in Excel and Power BI Desktop. The only difference is in the User Interface and to help you to switch from one to other, a chapter is devoted for the purpose.

Course Coverage: Kickoff Week

Video Session: Course Overview, Tips for Watching Videos

Chapters to Study during the Week
None! This week is just to get to know each other and look over what we'll be covering during the next 5 weeks.

Course Coverage: Week 1

Video Session: Loading Data, Power BI Desktop, Basic measures

Chapters to Study during the Week - Learn to Write DAX
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 1 Concept: Pivot Tables vs. Power Pivot
Chapter 19 Moving from Excel to Power BI
Chapter 2 Concept: Loading Data
Chapter 3 Concept: Calculated Fields/Measures
Chapter 4 DAX Topic: SUM(); COUNT(); COUNTROWS(); MIN(); MAX(); COUNTBLANK(); and DIVIDE()

Chapters to Study during the Week - Supercharge Power BI
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 1 Concept: Introduction to Data Modelling
Chapter 2 Concept: Loading Data
Chapter 3 Concept: Measures
Chapter 4 DAX Topic: SUM(); COUNT(); COUNTROWS(); MIN(); MAX(); COUNTBLANK(); and DIVIDE()

Course Coverage: Week 2

Video Session: CALCULATE() explained, Filter Propagation, Iterators revisited

Chapters to Study during the Week - Learn to Write DAX
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 5 Concept: Filter Propagation
Chapter 6 DAX Topic: The Basic Iterators SUMX() and AVERAGEX()
Chapter 7 DAX Topic: Calculated Columns
Chapter 8 DAX Topic: CALCULATE()
Chapters to Study during the Week - Supercharge Power BI
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 5 Concept: Filter Propagation
Chapter 6 Concept: Lookup Tables and Data Tables
Chapter 7 DAX Topic: The Basic Iterators SUMX() and AVERAGEX()
Chapter 8 DAX Topic: Calculated Columns
Chapter 9 DAX Topic: CALCULATE()

Course Coverage: Week 3

Video Session: SWITCH, VALUES, ALL, Evaluation Context and Context Transition

Chapters to Study during the Week - Learn to Write DAX
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 9 Concept: Evaluation Context and Context Transition
Chapter 10 DAX Topic: IF(); SWITCH(); and FIND()
Chapter 11 DAX Topic: VALUES(); HASONEVALUE()
Chapter 12 DAX Topic: ALL(); ALLEXCEPT(); and ALLSELECTED()
Chapter 13 DAX Topic: FILTER()
Chapters to Study during the Week - Supercharge Power BI
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 10 Concept: Evaluation Context and Context Transition
Chapter 11 DAX Topic: IF(); SWITCH(); and FIND()
Chapter 12 DAX Topic: VALUES(); HASONEVALUE()
Chapter 13 DAX Topic: ALL(); ALLEXCEPT(); and ALLSELECTED()
Chapter 14 DAX Topic: FILTER()

Course Coverage: Week 4

Video Session: Time Intelligence, Custom Time Intelligence Explained

Chapters to Study during the Week - Learn to Write DAX
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 14 DAX Topic: Time Intelligence
Chapter 15 DAX Topic: RELATED() and RELATEDTABLE()
Chapter 16 Concept: Disconnected Tables
Chapters to Study during the Week - Supercharge Power BI
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 15 DAX Topic: Time Intelligence
Chapter 16 DAX Topic: RELATED() and RELATEDTABLE()
Chapter 17 Concept: Disconnected Tables

Course Coverage: Week 5

Video Session: Writing Cube Formulas from scratch, Final questions, Next steps

Chapters to Study during the Week - Learn to Write DAX
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 17 Concept: KPIs and Multiple Data Tables
Chapter 18 Concept: Cube Formulas
Chapter 20 Next Steps on Your DAX Journey
Chapters to Study during the Week - Supercharge Power BI
Chapter Topics Covered
Chapter 18 Concept: Multiple Data Tables
Chapter 19 Concept: Using Analyze in Excel and Cube Formulas
Chapter 20 Transferring Your Skills to Excel
Chapter 21 Next Steps on Your DAX Journey

Ready to Purchase?

This is a semester-based training course.  You need to select a semester that suits your location (time zone) and availability over the 5 weeks of the training course.  There will be new semesters that become available throughout the year at different times.

You can see a list of all currently available semesters here.

The price of the course is US$250 (AU$329).

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