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Certificate in Data Analysis & Reporting using Power BI

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Course Overview

Almost every organization, whatever its size, is drowning in data. Businesses need to analyze accounting data, marketing data, service data, budget data, human resources data, manufacturing data, and organizational data, among others. Organizations need to: Analyze historical performance data vs budgets; Measure, track and predict sales; Finding issues before they escalate Develop their customer relationship Optimize processes and operational performance Finance, marketing, HR and production teams in most organizations spend hours and hours of time crunching data in Excel. There is never enough time to fully analyze the data. By using PowerPivot and Power BI you can analyze data in ways that go way beyond “regular Excel”. You can get more done in less time. PowerPivot is arguably said to be the best new feature to hit Excel in 20 years. This went extra miles with the introduction of Power BI in Sept 2015. PowerPivot is a free ad-in only available in Excel 2010 any edition) or Excel 2013/16 (professional edition). It enables users to manipulate huge data sets coming from different sources in the most efficient way. Power BI is a dashboarding tool that generates the most dynamic and amazing reports at an end user level. It has taken the word by storm. The need to have IT support to import, sort and manipulate data can be part of your distant memories after the full understanding of PowerPivot and the various applications. It blends together all the power of Business Intelligence (BI) along with the user-friendly environment of Excel. You will master tons of BI tools within 5 days. The value add you will bring back to your organizations after attending this program is immense. Microsoft’s plan is to “bring Business Intelligence to the masses” and PowerPivot, then Power BI, is their first step in the plan. Millions and millions of rows can be imported directly and quickly from your databases straight into PowerPivot, bypassing Excel, giving users in various organizations tools that could not be done before in standard Excel. In PowerPivot you can read data from different ranges to amalgam together in one pivot table. For example imagine you have separate data bases related to different departments, regions, products, salesmen, and customers to name a few. Then your manager would like to know the sales made in this particular region for this product by this salesman to this customer year to date vs the performance of the same period in the previous year. Then your manager would like to have a dashboard where he can get all of these questions answered with few clicks. A normal pivot table will never answer this question and many more. Let alone the inability of pivot tables to handle significant data size. A normal pivot table can start choking with even 50k rows of data. One PowerPivot can easily handle data comprising of 200, 300 or 400 million rows. It is massive!! PowerPivot is a real revolution inside the world of data analysis because it gives you all the power you need for to perform complex analysis of data without requiring the intervention of BI technicians.

Key Takeaways

Combine data from different sources.
Use DAX to create calculated fields for slicing and dicing data.
Create visually appealing analytical models.
Publish dahshboards through Power BI.
You will finally start to get value from the huge data available to your organization.

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Course Outline

Day 1
PART 1: Working with classic Pivot Tables
Converting data to Tables and Pivot Tables Top 10 functionality Copying and pasting pivot tables Manipulating data to show % of column, row and grand total Understanding a pivot table you never created Pivot Chart Building a dashboard in Excel from scratch
Case: practical application
PART 2: First practical example of Power Pivot (only Excel 2013 Professional Plus)
Introduction to Power Pivot When to use Power Pivot Importing data into Power Pivot directly from Excel Importing data into Power Pivot from data warehouses Importing data from Access, SQL, Oracle or SAB The data view vs the diagram view Building relationships between tables Relational Database One-to-many relationships
Case: practical application
Day 2
PART 3: Starting with the infrastructure to build a dash board using Power Pivot from scratch
Import the data from Access Specifying the data to import using the data import wizard The Preview and filter option The Select Related Tables option Only select the tables related to a certain table Filter out certain columns Hide from Client Tools Data types Foreign Key vs Lock-Up Key How to create a relationship between two tables if there is no apparent key The Create Relationship Wizard How to detect relationship automatically DAX (Data Analysis Expressions) Calculated Columns vs Calculated Fields
PART4: Building the Dashboard in PowerPivot from scratch step by step
The purpose of this model is to allow the user to build a dynamic dashboard from scratch comparing data across different products, regions, salesmen, or any other criteria for both actual and forecasted. The comparison will include YoY% (year on year % growth) of the last month vs same month last year, last quarter vs same quarter last year, year to date vs same period last year for both actual and budgeted data. In addition, the dashboard will be automatically reporting on the best 10 products with all their corresponding figures of growth YoY. The dashboard will include sparklines, pivotcharts and all other supporting tables that are dynamically changing with the selection of control options.
Day 3
PART 5: Very important notes in building dashboards using DAX
Beware of the “Naked” Columns when writing measures Difference between referencing a column and a measure Assign the measures to the relevant table CALCULATE(), The basis of (almost) all the work in PowerPivot Syntax Example Another one Yet another Example Additional Alternatives The “ALL” Function (a.k.a. The “filter-remover”) The ALL() Benefits 1.Percentage of Parent 2.Negating the Slicers Important ALLEXCEPT() ALLSELECTED() Working with multiple tables Lookup Tables and Data Tables Viewing the relationships in Diagram view CALCULATE() goes through relationships also INTERMISSION Disconnected Tables Add the Parameters Add a Harvester Measure Have you consulted Field List? Parameters are friends of Rows and Columns Variations in Disconnected Tables Filter() » Working rules Thresholds with disconnected tables Validation Threshold with min and max boundaries
Day 4
PART 6: Creating Calendar Tables
Time Intelligence Calendars How to create a calendar table What you need in a calendar Getting started Special Features of Calendar Table DATESYTD() Can the year-end date be changed? DATESMTD() and DATESQTD() TOTALYTD() FIRSTDATE() and LASTDATE() ENDOFMONTH(), STARTOFYEAR(), etc. CLOSINGBALANCEMONTH(), CLOSINGBALANCEYEAR(), etc. DATEADD() Growth Since Prior Year (YOY) Some Drawbacks of DATEADD() SAMEPERIODLASTYEAR() PARRALLELPERIOD() NEXTMONTH(), PREVIOUSYEAR(), etc. DATESBETWEEN() Life To Date()
Case: practical example
PART 7: Conditions; IF(), SWITCH(), BLANK(), etc.
Using powerful DAX functions that will facilitate lots of dynamic modelling IF() BLANK() DIVIDE() ISBLANK() HASONEVALUE() More IF() VALUES() SWITCH() SWITCH TRUE() The “X” Functions (also called “Iterator” Functions) SUMX() MINX(), MAXX() and AVERAGEX() FILTER() COUNTX() and COUNTAX() “X” Functions work with the “absentee” also RANKX() TOPN() Multiple Data Tables Merging two data tables into one Pivot “Hybrid” Measures Few Points to remember Data Tables with different “Granularity” Budget vs. Actuals
Day 5
PART 8: Power BI Desktop
How to Install Getting started Creating the most amazing and dynamic dashboards Very valuable visualizations Changing the controls of your different visualizations Controlling the whole dashboard or page by page Downloading new visualizations from Microsoft What if analysis Different dashboards for different users Cross referencing Drill in and drill out Hierarchy Map showing your biggest sales region Going through the performance of your products one by one A pyramid of all your costs Your users can get charts and data using Q&A just like Google Get data from literally any source Work on the tables, just like PowerPivot Manage Relationships New Measure Calculated Columns can also be created in the same way, by right-clicking in the Field list Creating Reports Import already prepared PowerPivot Models Publishing your dashboards to cellphones, tablets and desktops Dashboard, amazing dynamic examples Sharing the dashboard in various ways

Who Should Attend?

This highly practical and interactive course has been specifically designed for
Financial Analysts
Chief Financial Officers
Budgeting and planning specialists
Financial government officials
Marketing officers
Insurance specialists and actuarists
Credit analysts
Chief Executive Officers
Internal auditors
Venture capitalists
Corporate finance analysts
Risk managers
Board members
Investment bankers
Private equity managers
Strategic planners


What language will the course be taught in and what level of English do I need to take part in an LEORON training program?
Most of our public courses are delivered in English language. You need to be proficient in English to be able to fully participate in the workshop and network with other delegates. For in-house courses we have the capability to train in Arabic, Dutch, German and Portuguese.
Are LEORON Public courses certified by an official body/organization?
LEORON Institute partners with 20+ international bodies and associations.We also award continuing professional development credits (CPE/PDUs) for:1. NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) 2. Project Management Institute PDUs 3. CISI credits 4. GARP credits 5. HRCI recertification credits 6. SHRM recertification credits
What is the deadline for registering to a public course?
The deadline to register for a public course is 14 days before the course starts. Kindly note that occasionally we do accept late registrations as well, but this needs to be confirmed with the project manager of the training program or with our registration desk that can be reached at +1071 4 1075 5711 or register@leoron.com.
What does the course fee cover?
The course fee covers a premium training experience in a 5-star hotel, learning materials, lunches & refreshments, and for some courses, the certification fee and membership with the accrediting bodies.
Does LEORON give discounts?
Yes, we can provide discounts for group bookings. If you would like to discuss a discount on a corporate level, we will be happy to talk to you.


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