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Beginning Power BI

A Practical Guide to Self-Service Data Analytics with Excel 2016 and Power BI Desktop


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Building Models in Power Pivot

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dan Clark
      Pages 3-18
    3. Dan Clark
      Pages 19-54
    4. Dan Clark
      Pages 55-75
    5. Dan Clark
      Pages 77-99
    6. Dan Clark
      Pages 101-117
    7. Dan Clark
      Pages 119-143
    8. Dan Clark
      Pages 145-164
  3. Building Interactive Reports and Dashboards with Power BI Desktop

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Dan Clark
      Pages 193-216
    3. Dan Clark
      Pages 217-249
    4. Dan Clark
      Pages 283-300
    5. Dan Clark
      Pages 301-318
    6. Dan Clark
      Pages 319-342
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 343-348

About this book


Analyze your company’s data quickly and easily using Microsoft’s latest tools. Build scalable and robust data models to work from. Learn to clean and combine different data sources effectively. Create compelling visualizations and share them with your colleagues.

Author Dan Clark takes you through each topic using step-by-step activities and plenty of screen shots to help familiarize you with the tools. This second edition includes new material on advanced uses of Power Query, along with the latest user guidance on the evolving Power BI platform. Beginning Power BI is your hands-on guide to quick, reliable, and valuable data insight.

What You Will Learn:

  • Simplify data discovery, association, and cleansing
  • Create solid analytical data models
  • Create robust interactive data presentations
  • Combine analytical and geographic data in map-based visualizations
  • Publish and share dashboards and reports


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Camp HillUSA

About the authors

Dan Clark is a senior business intelligence (BI)/programming consultant specializing in Microsoft technologies. He is focused on learning new BI/data technologies and on training others how to best implement the technology. Dan has published several books and numerous articles on .NET programming and BI development. He is a regular speaker at various developer/database conferences and user group meetings and enjoys interacting with the Microsoft developer and database communities. In a previous life, he was a physics teacher; he is still inspired by the wonder and awe of studying the universe and figuring out why things behave the way they do. 

Bibliographic information


“The goal of this book is to expose readers to the various tools in Microsoft’s self-service BI stack, built over Excel 2016, comprising Power Pivot, Power BI Desktop, Power Query, and DAX to enable them to analyze and gain insight into their data. … The book is easy to read and use because of its lucid style. It should interest Excel users looking to enhance their data analysis skills.” (Computing Reviews, August, 2017)