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Power Pivot Workshop Complete Bundle

Learn to master Power Pivot for Excel and DAX. This bundle includes three courses: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.
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This bundle include all the three courses of Power Pivot Workshop: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The Beginner course introduces Power Pivot to any user who knows Excel and want to create reports with more complex and large data structures than a single table made by few thousand rows. The Intermediate course improves your skills on Power Pivot for Excel, introducing you to the DAX language and important features such as CALCULATE and Time Intelligence functions. The Advanced course enables you to master Power Pivot for Excel. You will understand DAX in depth, which is required for writing complex calculations. You will also learn how to create complex reports and data models by leveraging advanced features of both Excel and Power Pivot.

Power Pivot is available in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013, and it is the center of Power BI, the Microsoft offer for self-service analytics. You do not need any previous experience in Power Pivot to take this course.

The course includes almost 10 hours of video in 73 lectures, divided in these sections:

  • Introduction to Self-Service Business Intelligence
  • Introduction to Power Pivot
  • Loading Data
  • Data Modeling
  • DAX Language
  • Table Functions and CALCULATE
  • Basic Time Intelligence
  • Power BI and SharePoint
  • Creating Reports and KPI
  • Advanced DAX Concepts
  • Advanced DAX Functions
  • DAX as a Query Language
  • DAX Patterns
Who is the target audience?
  • Advanced Excel Users
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Intelligence Developers
  • Data Scientists
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course, you will master Power Pivot for Excel.
You will learn how to create simple models in Power Pivot, loading data from different data sources.
You will learn how to write DAX expressions performing calculations such as Ratio-to-Parent, Year-to-Date, Year-Over-Year and so on.
You will learn how to use advanced DAX functions and to create complex data models in Power Pivot.
You will learn how to solve typical business issues by applying predefined patterns in DAX.
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  • Power Pivot for Excel 2010 or Excel 2013
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 75 Lectures Collapse All 75 Lectures 09:45:52
Introduction to Self-Service Business Intelligence
5 Lectures 20:50

In this module you learn the basics of Self Service BI, the new trend in building reports with Microsoft Excel. You learn the basic terminology of data warehouse, data mart and the right place of Power Pivot in the flow of data, from raw tables to exciting reports. This background theory will greatly help you learning better the next lectures.

Preview 03:51

What is Power Pivot and why millions of people are learning it? This module shows a demo of how to load data from a database and build a simple sales report.

Preview 02:09

Power Query is the new exciting tool to load data from different databases. In this demo, you see how to merge the data loaded in the previous module with demographic information that you can easily find on the web. You do not need SQL skills: just point and click to load and shape the data the way you need it.

Preview 06:13

Once data coming from your database is in Power Pivot, you can build interactive reports using Power View: the analytical tool included in Excel 2013, which makes it easy creating interactive reports.

Preview 04:42

Power Map allows you to project data on maps showing distribution of numbers over the territory, and to create animated stories about your data.

Preview 03:55
Introduction to Power Pivot
7 Lectures 46:53

PivotTables in Excel are the main tool to navigate in data models created with Power Pivot. This module describes the features available in both Excel 2010 and Excel 2013. The goal is to create a solid background on what is a PivotTable, how it works and what are its limitations. In the following lectures, you learn how to overcome those limitations.

PivotTables in Excel

Excel 2013 greatly enhanced PivotTables with the introduction of the Data Model and a deeper integration with Power Pivot. In this lecture, you learn what the data model is, how to activate it, and how to start using Power Pivot.

PivotTables in Excel 2013

In this lecture, you learn how to load data in the Power Pivot window, how to create basic relationships, and how to use the Power Pivot user interface to complete basic operations.

Using Power Pivot

Calculated columns are a simple and very effective way of enriching the expressiveness of your model, by adding basic row-by-row calculations to your tables. In this lecture, you learn the basics of calculated columns: how to create and use them.

Calculated Columns

You can turn any Excel table into a Data Model table by using Linked Tables, which are a great way to enrich your model with data you prepare in Excel.

Linked Tables

Calculated fields add advanced calculations to the data model. They compute values over totals instead of computing values row-by-row, making it possible to compute percentages, distinct counts and other non-trivial calculations.

Calculated Fields

Once you complete a report, you might want to share it with other people. Power BI transforms any Excel workbook containing Power Pivot data into an interactive web-based report, so that authorized people using a web browser can see and navigate it.

Publishing to Power BI
Loading Data
14 Lectures 01:03:38

This lecture provides you a deeper analysis of the difference between loading data from Excel tables and loading data from data sources. You learn why it is important loading data directly into the model and what are the basic tools to use.

Loading Data in Power Pivot

A relational database accessible by using SQL queries is probably the most common data source. Here you learn the basic techniques to load data from SQL Server tables, how to connect to a relational database and load the content from available tables and views, without writing SQL queries.

Loading from SQL Tables

Even if you are not familiar with the SQL language, you can use the SQL Wizard to create custom queries that populate your data model. You just have to be aware of a few details about relationships, which you learn in this lecture.

Loading from SQL Queries

This lecture shows a few advices about importing data from Microsoft Access.

Loading from Access

If you have data stored in Analysis Services databases (also known as “Cubes”), you can import that data in Power Pivot, too. This lecture shows how to overcome a few limitations existing in importing data from SQL Server Analysis Services.

Loading from Analysis Services

You have already seen Linked Tables in a previous lecture. Now you can see more details about how they work and how to get the most out of this feature.

Using Linked Tables

If you have data stored in other Excel workbooks, you can import them in a Power Pivot data model. This lecture explains how to do that and how to avoid the most common mistakes.

Loading from Excel

This lecture described the Text File Data Source, which imports data stored in text and CSV files.

Loading from Text Files

This lecture shows how to load data from any program by using the copy and paste feature, using the Windows clipboard.

Loading from the Clipboard

You can populate a data model by loading data from Reporting Services reports in a fast and efficient way, without having to worry about the removal of formatting and graphics.

Loading from Reports

You can load data published on certain web sites (e.g. SharePoint) in Power Pivot using the data feeds. This module shows you how to import OData data feeds supported by Power Pivot.

Loading from Data Feeds

You can load data from the Azure Marketplace, where you can find data collected and sold (or provided for free) by other companies.

Loading from Azure Marketplace

In this lecture, you learn the techniques to load data from SharePoint lists, reports stored in SharePoint, and Power Pivot workbooks already published in SharePoint.

Loading from SharePoint

In this lecture, you learn how to modify the data connection automatically created by Power Pivot in order to enable automatic refresh on open, to activate periodic data updates, and to disable the automatic refresh on connection that you want to update only manually.

Data Connection Properties
Data Modeling
4 Lectures 38:50

Working with Power Pivot you will become a data modeler. This lecture provides the basic information about what is a data model and why modeling is important in Power Pivot.

Introduction to Data Models

What does it mean to normalize or de-normalize a model? Knowing when to denormalize is a very important skill, which is useful creating data models for Power Pivot.

Normalization and Denormalization

In modern data warehouses, the shape of data is usually a star schema. In this lecture, we introduce the concept of star schemas and explain why it is important to shape data in this way, maximizing the usability of the data model.

Star Schemas

You learn that denormalization is important, but what happens if you denormalize too much? At that point, the data model is no longer easy to use. This module introduces the concept of over denormalization and simple techniques to solve the issue, if present.

Over Denormalization
DAX Language
4 Lectures 55:45

DAX is the programming language of Power Pivot. This module provides the basic information to understand what a DAX expression is and how to start writing your DAX code.

Introduction to DAX

It is important to learn when to use calculated columns versus calculated fields. They are useful in different scenario. In this lecture, we highlight the differences between them, and clarify when to choose one or the other.

Calculated Columns and Calculated Fields

Your formulas can contain errors, due to bad or unexpected data. In this lecture, you learn how to prevent errors in data that might break your reports.

DAX Error Handling

This lecture shows some examples of most of the categories of DAX functions, which we will use extensively in the following lectures.

Overview of DAX Functions
Table Functions and CALCULATE
4 Lectures 38:45

In this lecture, you learn the RELATED and the RELATEDTABLE functions. Both are useful to navigate through relationships and evaluate expression over them. We also introduce the concept of table functions, i.e. functions that return tables.


FILTER and ALL are the most commonly used table functions, and you will learn when and how to use them.

Preview 12:40

CALCULATE is a powerful function, useful in many calculations. This lecture explains the basic functionality of CALCULATE.

CALCULATE function

Do you want to compute the percentage of a cell in a PivotTable against the visible total, in case a slicer filters data? Then ALLSELECTED is the function for you.

Visual Totals and ALLSELECTED
Basic Time Intelligence
5 Lectures 44:02

Year-To-Date, Month-To-Date, Comparison of sales in the current period compared with the same period in the previous year. All this is what we refer to as “time intelligence”, which is the topic introduced in this lecture.

What is Time Intelligence

Before using Time Intelligence functions, you have to build a good calendar table. This lecture shows how to do that, avoiding common mistakes.

Calendar Table

Calculation of working days difference between two dates, calculation of sales per working days: these are just two examples of the kind of calculations explained in this lecture.

Counting Working Days

If your data models includes more date, such as ship date and order date, you have to adapt the data model, for example by creating more calendar tables. This lecture shows how to do that in the right way.

Multiple Calendar Tables

This lecture provides an in-depth explanation of Year-To-Date, Month-To-Date, comparison of sales with the same period in the previous year, and other similar Time Intelligence calculations.

Aggregations Over Time
Power BI and SharePoint
6 Lectures 44:36

This lecture introduces a deeper explanation of the features available in Power BI and SharePoint to publish Power Pivot workbooks.

Power BI and SharePoint Introduction

Power Query will quickly become your best friend whenever it is time to load data. It is extremely powerful and easy to use as a data management tool inside Excel.

Using Power Query

It is impossible to describe the experience of using Power View. You need to try it by yourself. This lecture shows how to get the best out of Power View and how to shape your data in the correct way, improving the user experience navigating data.

Using Power View

Power Map is a gorgeous tool to create stories about data showing them on maps. You can create great presentations by coloring areas based on data values and by building entire movies about your data.

Using Power Map

This lecture explains how to publish your data to the Office 365 platform, sharing reports with colleagues and stakeholders using a simple internet browser.

Publishing on Office 365

This lecture shows how to publish your data to SharePoint. This is useful if your company adopted SharePoint as a collaboration tool and installed Power Pivot for SharePoint.

Publishing on SharePoint
Creating Reports and KPI
3 Lectures 46:18

KPI are a powerful feature of Power Pivot, making the interpretation of data quicker and easier. This module introduces the KPI feature, explaining in detail how and when to use it.

Using KPI in Power Pivot

Excel and Power Pivot have some hidden gems that might prove extremely useful in specific scenario. This lecture describes how to use sets and custom aggregations, simplifying the creation of complex reports.

Advanced Excel Features for Power Pivot

If you plan to use Power View to build interactive reports, then you need to learn how to improve your data model design for Power View, which is what you will learn in this lecture.

Optimizing the User Experience with the Data Model
Advanced DAX Concepts
7 Lectures 56:09

The DAX language has some important concepts useful to create extremely powerful formulas. This lecture introduce this complex theory, explained in detail in the following lectures.

Important DAX Concepts

What is a filter context and how does it change the values computed by your formulas? This lecture introduces this important concept, setting the foundation for further, more complex expressions.

Filter Context

CALCULATE works on the filter context and is the only function in the DAX language that is able to create and/or modify a filter context. In this lecture, we go analyze the CALCULATE behavior in deep, explaining in more detail how it works and why it is so important.


Row context handling is very important whenever you need to perform calculation at the maximum detail level, or when you create calculated columns. This lecture provides a detailed description of the row context and the EARLIER function.

Row Context

This lecture shows the behavior of filter and row context when your model contains relationships. It is important to understand what happens to other tables when you put a filter on a column.

Evaluation Contexts and Relationships

Context transition is the operation automatically generated by CALCULATE that transforms a row context into a filter context. It is very useful but, at the beginning, hard to understand and master. We introduce this concept in this lecture.

Context Transition

ALLSELECTED is an important function to control calculations using visual totals in a PivotTable. This lecture explains in more details what the ALLSELECTED function does and how it works.

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About the Instructor
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Business Intelligence expert at SQLBI - SSAS Maestro & MVP

Marco is a Business Intelligence consultant and mentor. He has been working with Analysis Services since 1999 and with Power Pivot since first beta versions in 2009. He split his time between consulting and teaching at SQLBI, delivering training all around the world, mostly in North America and Europe.

Marco is also a book author and wrote two books for Microsoft Press about Power Pivot with Alberto Ferrari: Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Data Models with PowerPivot and PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning. He is also a speaker at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, PASS Summit, SQLRally, and SQLBits.

4.4 Average rating
851 Reviews
12,208 Students
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Business Intelligence expert at SQLBI - SSAS Maestro & MVP

Alberto is a Business Intelligence consultant and mentor. He has been working with Analysis Services since 2005 and with Power Pivot since first beta versions in 2009. He split his time between consulting and teaching at SQLBI, delivering training all around the world, mostly in North America and Europe.

Alberto is also a book author and wrote two books for Microsoft Press about Power Pivot with Marco Russo: Microsoft Excel 2013: Building Data Models with PowerPivot and PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning. He is also a speaker at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, PASS Summit, SQLRally, and SQLBits.

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