Learn More About Power BI

What is Power BI and how can it make your Excel work easier? Do you need fancy and expensive tools, and advanced Excel skills, just to get started?

See a sample Power BI dashboard below, with multiple charts, built in just a few minutes. It was created with free tools, and no advanced Excel skills or programming required.

Power BI Dashboards

To show us why people are so excited about Power BI, Mynda Treacy built two impressive dashboards, in less than an hour.

The animated graphic below shows part of Mynda's Summary dashboard. It has 5 types of visualizations, including a map, and it was built by simply dragging and dropping.

To filter all the charts, just click on a data point in any one of the charts. It's easier than building a simple chart in Excel, and much more powerful!

In the graphic, you'll see the total amount changing at the top of the dashboard, when filters are turned on and off..

power bi dashboard with filtering

Power BI Webinar

Learn how to build Power BI dashboards, using free tools, in Mynda Treacy's free Power BI Webinar. See how to go from raw data in Excel, to a sophisticated set of dashboards, in a few simple steps.

Imagine how much time you can save, if you have to do this with your own data every month! Just add your latest data, click Refresh, and all the charts update automatically.

Best of all, you can download the Power BI webinar video, to watch it again, at your own pace. Get the sample files too, so you can see how they work, and follow along with the video. Stop and start the video, and review sections where you want to see the steps again.

To register for Mynda's webinar, click this link: Free Power BI Webinar .

To get the free Power BI tools:

  • Go to this Power BI page on Mynda's website.
  • Scroll down a bit, to the section links, just below the big animated graphic.
  • In the Power BI FAQs section, click on "Q5: Where can I Get Power BI?"

Power BI Course

In addition to the free webinar, Mynda offers a full Power BI course, a few times each year. This is a great way to learn more about Power BI, quickly and efficiently.

Don't waste time trying to figure things out on your own, while getting lost or frustrated. Learn from an expert, in a structured setting, where you can quickly get help when you need it.

NOTE: There is only a 2 week registration period for each session, and then registration closes for a few months. If you want to register, don't delay or you will miss out!

Why Take This Course?

Here are the top reasons that I recommend Mynda Treacy's Power BI Course

  1. Learn from an expert. Mynda is an experience accountant, and shows how to build Power BI reports that focus on the numbers, not the eye-candy.
  2. Learn Quickly -- Lessons are short and to the point, and move at a brisk pace
  3. Save Time -- Learn how to set things up correctly -- avoid time-wasting problems later
  4. Learn by doing -- Watch short videos, then practise with the sample files.
  5. Excel skills -- Choose optional course bundles to learn Power Query, Power Pivot and Excel Dashboards, if needed.
  6. Ongoing support -- 6 weeks of dedicated support and feedback from Mynda, and continued support after that initial period.

Who Should Take the Course?

While Power BI dashboards are quick and easy to create, Mynda's full course is not for everyone. The course moves at a brisk pace, and to get the most value from it:

  • You should have intermediate to advanced Excel skills.
  • You do NOT need any previous Power BI experience
  • You do NOT need any database experience

To use Power BI, you will need the following:

  • Windows 7 or later -- Power BI Desktop does not run on the Mac
  • Excel 2007 or later, but ideally Excel 2010 or later

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the Power Query tool (also called Get & Transform), Mynda recommends that you get a course bundle that includes the Power Query lessons.

What Will You Learn

Mynda gave me access to her Power BI Course, and the content is excellent.

  • First, learn fundamental Power BI concepts -- prevent errors and wasted time later
  • Next, dive in and create your own amazing Power BI dashboards.

Here's a quick peek at what you get in the course:

  • 6 hours of video tutorials, broken into short lessons -- go at your own pace.
  • Sample files and data, to practise what you learn.
  • Completed Power BI Desktop files, to use for reference, and to check your work
  • Lesson tracking, so you know what you've completed
  • Certificate of Completion, to show your employer, or add to your résumé
  • Student support forum, where you can get help when you need it

Get More Information

To see learn more about Mynda's full course, click this link: Power BI Course

On that page, you'll find:

  • Power BI course details
  • Live Power BI dashboard to test
  • Sample lesson video
  • Registration information

NOTE: Registration is only open for two weeks for each session. If you sign up in the first week, you can get a 20% discount.

There's a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can try the Power BI Course risk free.



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