Intended Audience: Stakeholders responsible for implementing Power BI; assumes no knowledge of the Power BI ecosystem

Understand the full Power BI ecosystem

  • The Desktop
  • The Power Query Editor
  • The Service
  • Workspaces
  • Apps

Prep your data well

  • The best is to have clean data at the source
  • Followed by being able to clean data at the source
  • Use the Power Query Editor
    • In the Desktop
    • In the Service
  • There are estimates that 80% of the work in a business intelligence project is in the data
  • prep. Be sure to plan enough time to fully prep the data.
  • Fully understand what the Power Query Editor can do for you.

Master the data model

  • Know your schemas–Power BI likes the star schema
  • Relationships are key to your visuals performance (or even working at all)
    • When you have a problem with your visual 99 times out of 100 it will be because of a data model problem–always look first at your data model

Don’t be afraid of DAX

  • You don’t have to be an expert in DAX but you want to be comfortable with some basic DAX principles.

Leverage the power of the Service

  • Do not use the conventional file dissemination methodology.
  • You can store PBIX files on SharePoint sites, and One Drive sites, and you can email them to others but these ‘freebie’ methodologies will not work for a long term solution.
  • Do not omit licensing as part of your planning. Your organization will need at least Pro licenses unless you choose to go a Premium route.
  • Power BI is converging with Teams and to leverage the synchronicity you will need to make sure you have licensed users appropriately

Workspaces and apps are workflow and communication tools

  • Here are some principles to consider as you organize your workspaces
    • Security
    • Topic
    • Department
    • Audience

Become a data culture

  • Organize your data sources
    • Where are they stored?
    • Are they named clearly?
    • Are there duplicates?
  • Curate your data sources
    • Know the data’s provenance
    • Review its’ accuracy
    • Keep it clean
    • Keep it up to date
    • Align data sources with each other
  • Train your staff
  • Appoint data stewards and data wranglers (even if only in an informal capacity)

What People Are Saying About Us

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Today I was took the excel level 2 class with Data Creative. The instructor was very professional and knowledgeable. He presented everything available to the lesson and more. I will definitely be taking the 3rd lesson through Data Creative.

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I completed the level 1 and level 2 PowerPoint training with Damian and I learned so much! I’ve been using PowerPoint for a while and had no idea that there was so much you could do with it. Damian was very easy to follow, friendly, and willing to answer any and all questions. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone looking to fine tune their skills in PowerPoint.

Antoinette Medina

Excellent communication and class setup. Classes are well structured, not too fast-paced. Nice materials, easy to review and follow even if you do not have two screens!

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Trish was an excellent facilitator and very personable. The class, Excel Level 4, was easy to follow and she encourage us all day to ask questions! She supplied us with a lot of useful information and “extras”. I learned what I was hoping to learn and had fun doing it.

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