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Data Model Design using Excel – Level 3


This is the third course in the Power BI for Excel 2016 training series. What makes Power BI for Excel such a vast improvement over detailed Excel worksheets is the PowerPivot Data Model, which allows data to be pulled together from multiple tables and multiple databases. This course is designed for Power BI for Excel Designers who are ready to create custom data models for themselves and for other Power BI Designers. Topics covered include database design concepts, how to build both general purpose and customized data models, building data hierarchies, and how to use basic DAX language and functionality to extend the capabilities of data models for in-depth and customized analysis of information.

Who Should Attend

  • Not Specified

Course Outlines

Lesson 1 : Understanding BI Data

  • Business Intelligence Data Sources
  • Data Source Types
  • Table Roles

Lesson 2 : Creating Data Models

  • Creating a Data Model – Excel
  • Creating a Data Model – Database
  • Creating the Data Model – Hybrid

Lesson 3 : Creating DAX Functions

  • Review of Syntax and Calculated Columns
  • Best Practices
  • DAX Measures
  • Creating Measures (Calculated Fields)

Lesson 4 : Dates and Hierarchies

  • Building Data Tables
  • Building Data Hierarchies

Lesson 5 : Shaping Reports

  • Building Communication Worksheets
  • Controlling Item Ordering
  • PowerPivot Metadata


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