Learn to Write DAX

A practical guide to learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI

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Author: Matt Allington

Publisher: Tickling Keys, Inc.

ISBN: 1615473548

Category: Computers

Page: 180

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Active learning lessons for mastering DAX Data analysis expressions (DAX) is the formula language of PowerPivot and this book is written to give hands-on practice to anyone who wants to become competent at writing such formulas. Sample exercises that explain each concept are provided and followed by practice questions and answers to maximize learning and experience with DAX.

Super Charge Excel

When you learn to Write DAX for Power Pivot

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Author: Matt Allington

Publisher: Tickling Keys, Inc.

ISBN: 1615473599

Category: Computers

Page: 180

View: 9053

An active reading experience to learn DAX Power Pivot is an embedded database that significantly improves the business intelligence (BI) reporting an analytics capabilities of Microsoft Excel (versions 2010 and above). Data analysis expressions (DAX) is the formula language of Power Pivot. Learning the DAX language is key to empower Excel users so they can take advantage of these new BI capabilities, however unfortunately simply reading a book is normally not enough for Excel users to learn the DAX language – most people will also need some practice. Learn to Write DAX is different to other books - it is written in such a way to clearly explain the concepts of Power Pivot while at the same time giving hands-on practice to deeply engage the reader and to help the new knowledge and concepts stick. The book first presents the theory, then provides worked through sample exercises demonstrating each of the concepts, and finally it provides the reader with practice exercises and answers to maximize learning retention. This is the second edition of the book Learn to Write DAX. This second edition has been updated for the Excel 2016 user interface while still providing a bridge for readers wanting to learn DAX in the Excel environment and then transfer their new DAX skills across to Power BI.

Super Charge Power BI

Power BI Is Better When You Learn to Write DAX

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Author: Matt Allington

Publisher: Tickling Keys, Inc.

ISBN: 1615473602

Category: Computers

Page: 180

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Power BI is a powerful self-service (and enterprise) business intelligence (BI) tool that was first made generally available by Microsoft in July 2015. Power BI is a complete BI package that covers the end to end BI process including data acquisition (get data), data modelling (prepare/model the data) and data visualisation (analyse the data). And there is a lot of good news about this tool including the fact that the skills needed to succeed with Power BI are fully transferable to Microsoft Excel. There are 3 learning areas required to master everything Power BI Desktop has to offer.1. The M Language - used for data acquisition2. The DAX Language - used to prepare and model data3. Visualisation and analysis - used to present data in a compelling wayPower BI is probably the first commercial grade software product that brings all of these areas into a single software package that is completely accessible to a business user (you don't need to be an IT pro). This book focuses on number 2 above, the DAX language (Data Analysis Expressions). Super Charge Power BI Desktop is the second book written by Matt Allington and is a sister book to his first book Learn to Write DAX (first released Dec 2015). Super Charge Power BI Desktop uses the same learning and practice exercise framework as used in Learn to Write DAX however the entire book is written using the Power BI Desktop user interface. Unfortunately simply reading a book is normally not enough for Excel users wanting to get the most out of Power BI Desktop and to learn the DAX language - most people will also need some practice. Super Charge Power BI Desktop is different to other books - it is written in such a way to clearly explain the concepts of Power BI data modelling while at the same time giving hands-on practice to deeply engage the reader to help the new knowledge and concepts stick. The book first presents the theory, then provides worked through sample exercises demonstrating each of the concepts, and finally it provides the reader with practice exercises and answers to maximize learning retention.

The Definitive Guide to DAX

Business intelligence for Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Excel

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Author: Marco Russo,Alberto Ferrari

Publisher: Microsoft Press

ISBN: 0134865871

Category: Computers

Page: N.A

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Now expanded and updated with modern best practices, this is the most complete guide to Microsoft’s DAX language for business intelligence, data modeling, and analytics. Expert Microsoft BI consultants Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari help you master everything from table functions through advanced code and model optimization. You’ll learn exactly what happens under the hood when you run a DAX expression, and use this knowledge to write fast, robust code. This edition focuses on examples you can build and run with the free Power BI Desktop, and helps you make the most of the powerful syntax of variables (VAR) in Power BI, Excel, or Analysis Services. Want to leverage all of DAX’s remarkable capabilities? This no-compromise “deep dive” is exactly what you need. Perform powerful data analysis with DAX for Power BI, SQL Server, and Excel · Master core DAX concepts, including calculated columns, measures, and calculation groups · Work efficiently with basic and advanced table functions · Understand evaluation contexts and the CALCULATE and CALCULATETABLE functions · Perform time-based calculations · Use calculation groups and calculation items · Use syntax of variables (VAR) to write more readable, maintainable code · Express diverse and unusual relationships with DAX, including many-to-many relationships and bidirectional filters · Master advanced optimization techniques, and improve performance in aggregations · Optimize data models to achieve better compression · Measure DAX query performance with DAX Studio and learn how to optimize your DAX

DAX Formulas for PowerPivot

A Simple Guide to the Excel Revolution

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Author: Rob Collie

Publisher: Tickling Keys, Inc.

ISBN: 1615473327

Category: Computers

Page: 239

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Microsoft's Power Pivot is an add-on to Excel that enables you to produce new kinds of reports and analyses that were simply impossible before. This book is the first to tackle DAX formulas, the core capability of Power Pivot, from the perspective of the Excel audience. Written by a leading Power Pivot educator (and former leader on the Power Pivot and Excel teams at Microsoft), the book's concepts and approach are introduced in a simple, step-by-step manner tailored to the learning style of Excel users everywhere.The techniques presented allow users to produce, in hours or even minutes, results that formerly would have taken entire teams weeks or months to produce. In this book you will learn how Power Pivot:1) Gives you "portable" formulas that can be re-used across multiple different reports with a single click.2) Removes the need to ever write a VLOOKUP formula again.3) Allows you to add smart calculations to pivots, such as "Year over Year" and "Moving Averages" which auto-adjust as the pivot changes.4) Effortlessly merges disjointed sets of data into unified insight.As a bonus, Power Pivot and DAX formulas are both the heart AND brain of Microsoft's "Power BI" system, giving us a long-needed bridge between the worlds of Excel and Business Intelligence – a bridge that any Excel PivotTable user can cross with the help of this easy-to-follow book. Your new career – and your organization's future – starts within these pages

The Definitive Guide to DAX

Business intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Power BI

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Author: Alberto Ferrari,Marco Russo

Publisher: Microsoft Press

ISBN: 0735698376

Category: Computers

Page: 592

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This comprehensive and authoritative guide will teach you the DAX language for business intelligence, data modeling, and analytics. Leading Microsoft BI consultants Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari help you master everything from table functions through advanced code and model optimization. You’ll learn exactly what happens under the hood when you run a DAX expression, how DAX behaves differently from other languages, and how to use this knowledge to write fast, robust code. If you want to leverage all of DAX’s remarkable power and flexibility, this no-compromise “deep dive” is exactly what you need. Perform powerful data analysis with DAX for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, Excel, and Power BI Master core DAX concepts, including calculated columns, measures, and error handling Understand evaluation contexts and the CALCULATE and CALCULATETABLE functions Perform time-based calculations: YTD, MTD, previous year, working days, and more Work with expanded tables, complex functions, and elaborate DAX expressions Perform calculations over hierarchies, including parent/child hierarchies Use DAX to express diverse and unusual relationships Measure DAX query performance with SQL Server Profiler and DAX Studio

Learn Power BI

A beginner's guide to developing interactive business intelligence solutions using Microsoft Power BI

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Author: Greg Deckler

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1838646655

Category: Computers

Page: 362

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Solve business challenges with Microsoft Power BI's advanced visualization and data analysis techniques Key Features Create effective storytelling reports by implementing simple-to-intermediate Power BI features Develop powerful analytical models to extract key insights for changing business needs Build, publish, and share impressive dashboards for your organization Book Description To succeed in today's transforming business world, organizations need business intelligence capabilities to make smarter decisions faster than ever before. This Power BI book is an entry-level guide that will get you up and running with data modeling, visualization, and analytical techniques from scratch. You'll find this book handy if you want to get well-versed with the extensive Power BI ecosystem. You'll start by covering the basics of business intelligence and installing Power BI. You'll then learn the wide range of Power BI features to unlock business insights. As you progress, the book will take you through how to use Power Query to ingest, cleanse, and shape your data, and use Power BI DAX to create simple to complex calculations. You'll also be able to add a variety of interactive visualizations to your reports to bring your data to life. Finally, you'll gain hands-on experience in creating visually stunning reports that speak to business decision makers, and see how you can securely share these reports and collaborate with others. By the end of this book, you'll be ready to create simple, yet effective, BI reports and dashboards using the latest features of Power BI. What you will learn Explore the different features of Power BI to create interactive dashboards Use the Query Editor to import and transform data Perform simple and complex DAX calculations to enhance analysis Discover business insights and tell a story with your data using Power BI Explore data and learn to manage datasets, dataflows, and data gateways Use workspaces to collaborate with others and publish your reports Who this book is for If you’re an IT manager, data analyst, or BI user new to using Power BI for solving business intelligence problems, this book is for you. You’ll also find this book useful if you want to migrate from other BI tools to create powerful and interactive dashboards. No experience of working with Power BI is expected.

Beginning DAX with Power BI

The SQL Pro’s Guide to Better Business Intelligence

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Author: Philip Seamark

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484234774

Category: Computers

Page: 264

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Attention all SQL Pros, DAX is not just for writing Excel-based formulas! Get hands-on learning and expert advice on how to use the vast capabilities of the DAX language to solve common data modeling challenges. Beginning DAX with Power BI teaches key concepts such as mapping techniques from SQL to DAX, filtering, grouping, joining, pivoting, and using temporary tables, all aimed at the SQL professional. Join author Philip Seamark as he guides you on a journey through typical business data transformation scenarios and challenges, and teaches you, step-by-step, how to resolve challenges using DAX. Tips, tricks, and shortcuts are included and explained, along with examples of the SQL equivalent, in order to accelerate learning. Examples in the book range from beginner to advanced, with plenty of detailed explanation when walking through each scenario. What You’ll Learn Turbocharge your Power BI model by adding advanced DAX programming techniques Know when to use calculated measures versus calculated columns Generate new tables on the fly from existing data Optimize, monitor, and tune Power BI to improve performance of your models Discover new ideas, tricks, and time-saving techniques for better models Who This Book Is For Business intelligence developers, business analysts, or any SQL user who wants to use Power BI as a reporting tool. A solid understanding of SQL is recommended, as examples throughout the book include the DAX equivalents to SQL problem/solution scenarios.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Building Data Models with PowerPivot

Building Data Models with PowerPivot

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Author: Alberto Ferrari,Marco Russo

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 0735676569

Category: Computers

Page: 500

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Your guide to quickly turn data into results. Transform your skills, data, and business—and create your own BI solutions using software you already know and love: Microsoft Excel. Two business intelligence (BI) experts take you inside PowerPivot functionality for Excel 2013, with a focus on real world scenarios, problem-solving, and data modeling. You'll learn how to quickly turn mass quantities of data into meaningful information and on-the-job results—no programming required! Understand the differences between PowerPivot for Self Service BI and SQL Server Analysis Services for Corporate BI Extend your existing data-analysis skills to create your own BI solutions Quickly manipulate large data sets, often in millions of rows Perform simple-to-sophisticated calculations and what-if analysis Create complex reporting systems with data modeling and Data Analysis Expressions Share your results effortlessly across your organization using Microsoft SharePoint Authors’ note on using Microsoft Excel 2016: This book’s content was written against Excel 2013, but it is useful and valid for users of Excel 2016 too. Excel 2016 introduces several new DAX functions and an improved editor for DAX without changing any existing behavior. In other words, all of the concepts and examples explained in this book continue to work with Excel 2016.

Microsoft Power BI Quick Start Guide

Build dashboards and visualizations to make your data come to life

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Author: Devin Knight,Brian Knight,Mitchell Pearson,Manuel Quintana

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1789130921

Category: Computers

Page: 202

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Bring your data to life with Power BI Key Features Get to grips with the fundamentals of Microsoft Power BI and its Business Intelligence capabilities Build accurate analytical models, reports and dashboards Get faster and more intuitive insights from your data using Microsoft Power BI Book Description Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based service that helps you easily visualize and share insights using your organization's data.This book will get you started with business intelligence using the Power BI toolset, covering essential concepts such as installation,designing effective data models, as well as building basic dashboards and visualizations to make your data come to life You will learn how to get your data the way you want – connecting to data sources sources and how to clean your data with the Power BI Query Editor. You will next learn how to properly design your data model to make your data easier to work with.. You will next learn how to properly design your data model to navigate table relationships and build DAX formulas to make your data easier to work with. Visualizing your data is another key element of this book, and you will learn how to follow proper data visualization styles and enhanced digital storytelling techniques. By the end of this book, you will understand how to administer your organization's Power BI environment so deployment can be made seamless, data refreshes can run properly, and security can be fully implemented What you will learn Connect to data sources using both import and DirectQuery options Use the Query Editor to apply data transformations and data cleansing processes, including learning how to write M and R scripts Design optimized data models by designing relationships and DAX calculations Leverage built-in and custom visuals to design effective reports Use the Power BI Desktop and Power BI Service to implement Row Level Security on your model Administer a Power BI cloud tenant for your organization Deploy your Power BI Desktop files into the Power BI Report Server Who this book is for This book is for aspiring Business Intelligence professionals who want to get up and running with Microsoft Power BI. If you have a basic understanding of BI concepts and want to learn how to apply them using Microsoft Power BI, this book is for you.