Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need for this course, part of Power BI Pro Essential Training.
- [Voiceover] Here's what you'll need to be successful in this course. First, there are some hardware recommendations and you'll want to pay attention to these, because it's frustrating to try to use a tool like Power BI if you don't have the resources that are required. For example, in terms of available RAM, 1.5 GB or better is recommended. There's a minimum of 1 GB, but again if you're working with data models of any size, you'll quickly get frustrated with the limitations of 1 GB of available RAM, so 1.5 or better and in fact, when I started working with Power BI, I actually made a significant upgrade to my available RAM, and I have 8 GB available.
CPU, 1 GHz or faster, and your display, 1440x900, or if you're in a 16x9 orientation, 1600x900, and this one's actually a little bit amusing, because if you don't have a large enough display, there will be controls that will be being displayed but you won't be able to see them on your screen, so you'll want to make sure that your display is set with a screen resolution of 1440x900 or better. In terms of software, Power BI Desktop is made to run on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, or later.
You'll need .NET 4.5 installed, and Internet Explorer 10, 11, and so on. Finally, you'll need Power BI Desktop which is a free download from Microsoft and I'll show you how to install and launch that in just a little bit. In terms of data skills, I assume that you know some things about how to work with data, because Power BI is all about shaping and transforming, and manipulating data, and then reporting on it.
So, if you were working in Excel for example, and knew how to enter, edit, and format text and numbers, how to use the table commands like Format as Table, how to find and replace, how to sort and filter data, and how to insert and format charts. If these are comfortable skills for you in Excel, these are the kind of skills that you'll want to bring to Power BI Desktop. If you need help with any of those, you'll find them in the Excel 2016 Essential Training course on lynda.com, or if you'd like to simply focus on data, Excel 2013: Managing and Analyzing Data is another great course that will help you with that skillset.
These are the specifications for the hardware, software, and skills or experiences that you'll want to have to be successful in this course.
AuthorGini von Courter
- Signing up for Power BI Pro
- Connecting to data sources
- Uploading data such as CSV and XLS files
- Creating reports, visualizations, charts, and maps
- Filtering, sorting, copying, and pasting visualizations
- Downloading custom visuals from the gallery
- Modifying existing reports
- Creating and managing data dashboards
- Querying data with Power BI Q&A and Microsoft Cortana
- Sharing report and dashboards
- Using Power BI Desktop and mobile apps
Skill Level Intermediate
Learning Microsoft Power BI Desktopwith Gini von Courter2h 55m Intermediate
Learning Microsoft Business Intelligence Stackwith Ron Davis43m 35s Intermediate
1. Get Started with Power BI
2. Power BI Data Sources
3. Create a Report with Visualizations
4. Modify and Print a Report
5. Create a Dashboard
6. Ask Questions About Your Data
7. Share Data with Colleagues and Others
8. Use Power BI Desktop
9. Use Power BI Mobile Apps
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