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Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star - Auckland November 2018

Reza Rad

Monday, November 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM - Friday, November 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM (NZDT)

Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star - Auckland November...

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Please note all attendees MUST bring along their own laptop to training

What others say about the training and trainer;

Daniel R Tuma, Senior Systems Analyst at Cleveland Metro Schools, United States

I spent probably about two weeks looking for a good Microsoft Power BI class that would cover all of the aspects of the program. I wanted to walk away from the class being able to apply what I learned immediately. Most training companies that I looked into were in a state of flux with Power BI mostly due to the transitions that Power BI itself was going through. Then I stumbled on the RADACAD web site. Reza Rad touted a course that he taught named “Power BI, From Rookie to Rock star.” If the class was indeed an A to Z course, then it was exactly what I was looking for. The class outline seemed to include every topic on my checkoff list plus much more. I decided to give Reza a try.

Reza completely lived up to his hype. He took us through a natural progression of the software, using example after example of how to complete a task. We went through real world scenarios, a bare minimum of two scenarios for each minor topic. I was completely impressed with his Power BI knowledge, understanding and abilities. Any question we came to Reza with was answered completely and with even more examples.

After the class, my goal of immediately applying what I learned was attained. Right away I was able to successfully pull and massage data, create useful reports and post them to dashboards.

I would recommend Radacad Power BI Training without hesitation.

Jeffrey Weir; Independent Consultant, Wellington, New Zealand

I learned a lot from this course: it gave a great overview of what's possible both right from the UI, and what more awaits if you lift the hood and pimp the engine. It’s incredible to see just how much PowerBI and PowerQuery radically simplify what I would otherwise have to do with many, many lines of complicated VBA code. And Reza is a masterful user of this tool.

Note that Reza covers a lot of ground in this course, and it is pretty fast paced. While you can take a laptop and follow along as Reza takes PowerBI/Powerquery through its paces, for the one-day course my recommendation would be to keep that laptop closed, and simply sit back and watch Reza in action, so you can fully concentrate on just how simple this tool is to use in the right hands as well as think about how you might use the tool to your own ends and ask questions along those lines. You can always purchase the video course (if it’s not already included in your course) and step through the material again at your own pace.

Rob Wilby; Independent Consultant, UK

I must say your “Power BI Essentials” course has been the most comprehensive Power BI course I have found to date and seeing how you work with data especially the little tricks naturally introduced at just the right moments has made this course a pleasure to take.

Martin Catherall – Data Platform MVP, PASS Regional Mentor

I attended Reza’s Power BI pre-con “From Rookie to Rock star” at SQL Saturday Brisbane in May 2016. I was a complete Power BI novice, having only previously accomplished a few very basic things with Power BI. Reza took the group through all the components that make up environment. He explained how they had evolved and took the group through walk-throughs of each one. Reza was great an answering questions from the audience at the event and going into extra detail if necessary. All-in all, I would say that I’m now a very confident Power BI user after attending Reza’s pre-con.

Dan Cheshire, Senior Project Manager Air New Zealand

Reza does not just know Power BI like the back of his hand, he is the most commercially aware BI person I know.  He understands that companies work in the real world and that data isn’t always clean and needs manipulation for it to work and be useful.  When Reza worked on our project, nothing phased or flustered him, he always came up with solutions for problems that seemed to me as insurmountable.  Can’t recommend him enough, invest in Reza as he will not only save you a whole heap of time, but he comes up with long lasting and very powerful Power BI solutions for your business.

Sonia Buckley, Data Analyst at Zoom2u, Sydney, Australia

We have started to use Microsoft Power BI and whilst Microsoft tutorials are helpful, if you are not used to DAX then it is very difficult to get your head around and there is little other resources that don’t cost an arm and a leg.  I had a call with Reza who made my life so much easier in just under an hour!  Any time spent speaking to Reza will be well worth it – I have saved hours of trying to get my head around our dashboards by getting some very useful tips and explanations on why things are done the DAX way!  Not only that but he is very patient and straight forward.  Highly recommended!


Course Details

This is the most comprehensive course for Power BI which split in daily modules. You can enroll in any of these modules separately or take the whole course. Modules designed independently, which means each module can be taken regardless of the order of modules. Here are list and detailed agenda of each module:

  • Module 1: Power BI Essentials  - Day 1
  • Module 2: Advanced Power Query and Data Transformation - Day 2
  • Module 3: Advanced Data Modeling in Power BI with DAX - Day 3
  • Module 4: Advanced Data Visualization in Power BI - Day 4
  • Module 5: Advanced Gateways, Power BI Service, Administration, and Architecture - Day 5


Module 1: Power BI Essentials

This course is module 1 of Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star Training

In this training course, you will learn Power BI from beginner to advance. You will learn how to use Power BI for simple data analysis situations as well as complex business intelligence scenarios. You will learn about Power BI Desktop, Power BI Website, and components of Power BI which are; Get and Transform (or Power Query), Modeling (or Power Pivot), and Visualization. You will also learn about Power Query Formula Language (Called M informally), and DAX. This course designed to give you an end to end view of Power BI, so you be able to use Power BI straight away in your everyday challenges for data analysis.


1.1: Introduction to Power BI

Power BI is the newest Microsoft Business Intelligence and Data Analysis tool. In this module, we will go through basics of this product, and introduce all five components of Power BI (Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map, and Power Q&A). You will see some demos and introduction about Power BI desktop, Office 365 Power BI subscription, and Power BI website, and mobile apps. You will see some basic demos of how easy to use is Power BI in some scenarios.

  • Introduction to Power BI: What is Power BI?
  • Power BI Desktop; The First Experience
  • Power BI Website; You’ll Need Just a Web Browser
  • Introduction to Power BI Components: Power Query, Power Pivot, Power View, Power Map, and Power Q&A.


1.2: Getting Data

Getting Data is the first experience of working with Power BI. You can connect to many data sources on-premises or on cloud. For some data sources, you can have a live or direct connection, for some connection works offline. For some connections, you need a gateway or connector to be installed. In this module, you will learn everything about get data experience of Power BI.

  • What is Power Query: Introduction to Data Mash-Up Engine of Power BI
  • Get Started with Power Query: Movies Data Mash-Up
  • Power BI Get Data from Excel: Everything You Need to Know
  • Definitive Guide to Power BI Personal Gateway and Enterprise Gateway
  • File Sources
  • Folder as a Source
  • Database Sources
  • Analysis Services Connection
  • Get Data from Azure SQL Database
  • Azure SQL Data Warehouse Source
  • Software as A Source
  • Web Source



1.3: Power Query for Data Transformation

Data analysis and BI world starts from data extraction and transformation. Power Query is the data transformation engine of Power BI. Power Query comes as part of Excel 2016, or as an add-in for Excel 2013 and 2010. Power Query is also part of Power BI Desktop. In this module you will learn about all different version of Power Query, their similarities, and differences, as well as configuration and requirements of using them.

Power Query uses a graphical user interface to apply transformations on the dataset. However Power Query works with a functional scripting language behind the scenes. The key to learn Power Query is learning the functional language called M. There are many features in M that are not available in the Power Query GUI. In this module you will learn how to understand M, and how to write M scripts even from scratch. You will learn writing custom functions in M as well as many other useful features.

The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;

  • Different versions of Power Query
  • Power Query Introduction
  • Query Editor
  • Transformation GUI
  • Row Transformations
  • Column Transformations
  • Data Type
  • Adding Column
  • Text Transformations
  • Number Column Calculations
  • Date and Time Calculations
  • Data types, Lists, Records, and tables in M
  • M built-in functions
  • Generators in M
  • Writing Custom Functions
  • Error handling
  • Advanced Data Transformations with M


1.4: Data Modelling and DAX

Power Pivot is xVelocity in-memory data modelling engine of the Power BI. Modelling effectively is the key of high performance BI solution. In this module, you will learn basics of Power Pivot such as creating relationships, and calculated members, as well as advanced best practices and DAX expressions. DAX is Data Analytical eXpression language. DAX has similar structure to excel functions, but it is different. In this module, you will learn DAX from beginner to advance. You will learn basic functions as well as complex functions and scenarios of using them in real world challenges.

The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;

  • Power Pivot xVelocity engine basics and concepts
  • Relationships in Power BI
  • Best practices
  • Introduction to DAX
  • Calculated Columns
  • Measures
  • Calculated Tables
  • Row Context vs Set Context
  • Advanced calculations using Calculate functions
  • Time Intelligence Functions
  • DAX Advanced


1.5: Data Visualization

Data Visualization is the front end of any BI application; this is the user view point of your system. It is critical to visualize measures, and dimensions effectively so the BI system could tell the story of the data clearly. In this module, you will learn conceptual best practices of data visualizations which is valid through all data visualization tools. You will learn Power View and Power Map skills. Power View is the interactive data visualization tool and Power Map is 3D geo-spatial data visualization tool. You will learn how to create effective charts, and dashboards using these tools as well as best practices for working with these tools. There are two version of Power View; Power View for Excel, and Power View for SharePoint which will be covered in this module as well.

The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;

  • Power BI Desktop Visualization
  • Custom Visuals in Power BI Desktop
  • Formatting Visuals in Power BI Desktop
  • Waterfall Chart
  • Built-in Charts and Graphs in Power BI
  • Sorting, Filtering, and categorization
  • KPIs
  • Maps and Geo-Spatial Visualization


1.6: Power BI Service, Dashboards, Q&A, and Gateways

Power BI introduced a new engine for users which focus on users who wants to play with the data more, and understand the story behind the data better. Power Q&A is question and answering engine which works based on human natural language. Power Q&A automatically will be enabled on Power BI files deployed into Power BI website, or Office 365 subscription. However, there are some tips and tricks about how to design your model to get the best type of answers through Power Q&A. In this module, you will learn best practices for modelling that effect on the response of Power Q&A.

The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;

  • Power Q&A introduction
  • Design best practices for Power Q&A
  • Power BI Service
  • Dashboard vs Report
  • Gateways


1.7: Administration & Security

Power BI components can be deployed into different environments such as Power BI website, Office 365 subscription, or even SharePoint on-premises. In this module, we will go through deployment options, Configurations and requirements required for each environment. You will learn how to deploy your Power BI files into Power BI website. you will also learn how to build dashboards in the website, and how to work with Mobile Apps for Apple, Android and Windows Phone.

The content that you will learn in this module includes but not limited to;

  • Groups and Work Spaces
  • Sharing
  • Row Level Security
  • Schedule Refresh


Module 2: Advanced Power Query and Data Transformation in Power BI

This course is module 2 of the Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star course.

In this course, you will learn all things about Power Query, from zero to hero. You will learn Power Query from basic level with Getting data from different data sources. You will learn about different types of transformations available in Query Editor. You will also learn about M (Power Query Formula Language) in deep. Unique features such as error handling, generators, structured columns, custom functions and many other advanced level features of Power BI data transformations will be explored through hands-on labs and lecture. After this course you will be able to implement any types of data transformation through Power Query in Excel or Power BI.


2.1: Get Data

  • Different Data Sources
  • What is Power Query?
  • Power Query in Excel and Power BI
  • Basic Transformations
  • Get Data from Web

2.2: Query Editor

  • Base structures in Power Query
  • Query Editor in Details
  • Get Data from SQL Server
  • Get Data from CSV Files
  • Get Data from Excel
  • Get Data from JSON
  • Transformation Pane

2.3: Power Query Syntax

  • Data Types in Power Query
  • Query Properties
  • Transformation Steps
  • Query Operations; Duplicate, and Reference

2.4: Combine Queries

  • Merge, Joining queries
  • Append, creating a big list
  • Combine Binaries; Looping through files in a folder

2.5: Transformations

  • Column Operations
  • Row Operations
  • Filtering
  • Sorting
  • Add as new query / Drill Down

2.6: Table Transformations

  • Group By
  • Extending Group By with Expression Editor
  • Transpose
  • Pivot, Unpivot

2.7: Text Transformations

  • Split
  • Merge (Concatenate)
  • Parse
  • Extract

2.8: Numeric Transformations

  • Standard
  • Scientific
  • Statistics

2.9: More Transformations

  • Date Transformations (Year, Month, Quarter)
  • Extending Fiscal Date Column
  • Time Transformations
  • Adding Time/Date banding
  • Structured Column
  • Expand
  • Aggregate
  • Add Custom Column

2.10: Power Query Formula Language: M

  • What is M? and the importance of learning M
  • M Syntax
  • Things to Consider for M Scripting
  • Basic examples of M
  • Values in M
  • Logical Operations

2.11: Advanced M Scripting

  • #Shared Keyword; function library of Power Query
  • Parameters
  • Custom Functions
  • Error Handling in Power Query
  • Generators in Power Query: Implementing Loop Structure
  • EACH singleton function

2.12: Use Cases

  • Date Dimension with Power Query
  • Day Number of Year Custom Function
  • Looping through files in a folder with Power Query
  • Online Date Time Scheduler with Power Query


Module 3: Advanced Power BI Modeling and DAX

This course is module 3 of the Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star course.

In this course, you will learn DAX from zero to hero. You will learn how to design the best model in Power BI with relationships, considering formatting and data types. You will learn about DAX which is the data modeling expression language in Power BI (and also SSAS Tabular, and Power Pivot). You will learn from Simple DAX calculations to complex expressions and calculations for solving real world challenges of a BI solution.


3.1: Power BI Modeling 101

  • Relationship in Power BI
  • Relationship based on multiple Columns
  • Role Playing Dimension
  • Formatting
  • Hide/Unhide
  • Hierarchy
  • Basic Calculated Column and Measure
  • Sort by Column

3.2: Introduction to DAX

  • Syntax of DAX
  • Naming in DAX
  • Logical Operations
  • Data Types in Power BI Model
  • Overview of Functions
  • Variables

3.3: Functions in DAX in Details

  • Text Functions
  • Information Functions
  • Logical Functions
  • Date and Time Functions
  • Aggregation Functions

3.4: Filter, Value, and Relationship Functions

  • ALL
  • Examples of using ALL function
  • Filter Function
  • Related
  • RelatedTable

3.5: Evaluation Contexts

  • Row Context
  • Filter Context
  • Exception for Row Context
  • Exception for Filter Context
  • Calculate Function

3.6: Time Intelligence Functions

  • Year to Date, Quarter to Date
  • Fiscal Year to Date
  • Same Period Last Year
  • Running Total
  • Rolling 12 Month Sales
  • Average 12 Month Sales
  • Rolling 6 Months
  • Flexible banding

3.7: Calculated Tables

  • Role Playing Dimension
  • Top 10 Customers
  • More Scenarios of Using Calculated Tables
  • Performance Consideration

3.8: Best Practices Tips and Tricks

  • Solving DAX Now and Today Time zone Issue
  • Modeling Best Practices
  • Advanced Time Intelligence
  • Advanced Relationship in DAX
  • Hierarchies in DAX


Module 4: Advanced Data Visualization with Power BI

This course is module 4 of the Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star course.

In this course, you will learn all things about data visualization in Power BI. Day starts with basics of visualizations of basic charts. You will learn best practices and considerations for coloring, choosing the right visual, numeric visualization and many other tips through the course. You will learn about custom visuals, how to build custom visuals. all tips and tricks in visualizations including filters, slicers, drill down/up, best practices of map visualizations and many other real-world examples with hands on lab and lecture. You will leave this course with a Jedi level of visualization.


4.1: Visualization Basics

  • Basic Charts
  • Clustered vs Stacked
  • Quick Calcs in Power BI
  • Interaction of Visuals
  • Pages

4.2: Visualization Best Practices

  • Pie Chart; Be Careful
  • Coloring
  • Show me the Numbers
  • Which Chart is the Best?
  • Story Telling
  • Combining Visuals

4.3: Slicing and Dicing

  • Filters
  • Slicers
  • Filtering Slicers
  • Drill Down/Up

4.4: Custom Formatting Visuals

  • Labels
  • Legend
  • Color
  • Extended visualization formatting
  • Group / bin

4.5: Special Visuals

  • Waterfall Chart; Cashflow
  • Scatter Chart; Story Telling
  • Line Chart; Powerful
  • Table and Matrix with Conditional Formatting
  • R Visualization

4.6: Map Visualization

  • Default map visual
  • Filled Map; Good, bad, and the ugly
  • Shape Map
  • Custom Map Visuals
  • ArcGIS

4.7: Custom Visuals

  • Using Custom Visuals
  • SynopticPanel by SQLBI
  • Chicklet Slicer
  • 3D Map with GlobeMap Visual
  • Sunburst
  • Time Slicers

4.8: KPIs in Power BI

  • KPI Default visual
  • Dial Gauge
  • Linear Gauge
  • Bullet Chart

4.9: Building a Custom Visual

  • Basics of scripting language
  • Writing first simple custom visual
  • Components of a custom visual component




Module 5: Power BI Service, Gateways, and Architecture

This course is module 5 of the Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star course.

In this course, you will learn everything about Power BI Service. Difference of dashboard and Report. Setting up a gateway. Difference of personal and on-premises gateway. You will learn all tips and tricks of configuration and installation and performance of gateway to connect Power BI on cloud report to on-premises data source and schedule it to refresh. You will also learn about DirectQuery and LiveQuery and difference between these two method. You will learn about architecting a solution with Power BI considering integration options of Power BI with other applications. You will also learn all tips about sharing and security with best practices. This course will be delivered in lecture style plus hands on lab experiments.


5.1: Gateways

  • What is Gateway?
  • Two types of Gateway
  • Personal Gateway; an example
  • On-premises Gateway; not only for Power BI

5.2: On-premises Gateway in Details

  • Requirements for on-premises gateway
  • Architecture Flow diagram of the gateway
  • Installation and Configuration considerations
  • Install and Configure Gateway example
  • Data Source Definition in Power BI Service
  • Schedule Refresh

5.3: Gateway Performance

  • Performance Considerations
  • Limitations of Gateway
  • Gateway for SSAS Live data source

5.4: DirectQuery

  • Step beyond 1/10GB Limitation in Power BI
  • Limitations of DirectQuery
  • Dashboard and Report considerations for DirectQuery
  • Performance Considerations

5.5: Live Query

  • Using SSAS Live data source
  • Difference of DirectQuery and Live Query
  • Enterprise Scale architecture
  • UPN Mapping
  • Architecture of Gateway and SSAS Live Connection

5.6: Power BI Service

  • Dashboard vs Report
  • Dashboard Tiles
  • Data Classification
  • Power Q&A
  • Tips and Tricks for Power Q&A

5.7: Sharing

  • Dashboard Sharing
  • Work Groups in Power BI
  • Content Packs
  • Publish to Web
  • Comparison of all Sharing methods
  • Sharing Architecture for enterprise

5.8: Administration

  • Admin Portal
  • Set Power BI Administrator
  • Tenant Settings
  • Audit Log

5.9: Row Level Security

  • Row Level Security in Power BI; regardless of Data Source
  • Row Level Security in SSAS Live Connection
  • Dynamic Row Level Security

5.10: Integration

  • Analyze in Excel
  • Power BI Publisher for Excel
  • Reporting Services and Power BI
  • Power BI and Power Point

5.11: Real-time

  • REST API of Power BI
  • Real-time Tiles
  • Azure Stream Analytics

5.12: Architecture

  • Architecture for Enterprise Scale
  • Architecture for Reporting
  • Architecture for Self-Service
  • Licensing


Instructor: Reza Rad

Our trainer is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, and so on.  He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star



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Location: Auckland, New Zealand. Exact address; TBD


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