Introduction to Power BI

This course will enable you to understand what Microsoft Power BI is and what you can (and can’t) do with it. The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in building reports and dashboards in Power BI, including BI developers, existing Power Pivot users, analysts and report writers. There will be several hands-on labs.

Be sure to also check out the Advanced data loading in Power BI and Advanced modelling in Power BI courses that is held in extension to this course.


  • Attendees should bring along a laptop with Power BI Desktop and should also have a Power BI subscription.


  • What is Power BI? A high-level description of the service and how you use it
  • Loading data: connecting to data sources using the Query Editor
  • Modelling data: tables and relationships
  • Modelling data: introduction to DAX
  • Building reports and dashboards in Power BI Desktop and Power
  • Sharing, collaboration, content packs and security


Chris Webb is the owner of Crossjoin Consulting, and is a consultant specializing in Analysis Services, MDX, Power Query, Power Pivot and DAX. He is a co-author of “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model”, “Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services” and “Power Query for Power BI and Excel”, and blogs at

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