Have you ever heard or seen the terms big data, business intelligence and Power BI being mentioned in analyst’s reports and financial newspapers? These days these terms are popping up frequently in diverse sectors such as the health information system industry, the geographical information systems industry and the financial informatics industries.
Big data refers to large quantities of data, if one thinks of this in Excel terms one has to conceptualize spreadsheets containing thousands, if not millions of rows of data. Business intelligence refers to strategies, analytics, technologies, data mining and a host of other technological processes that allow one to collate and organize huge data sets and draw meaningful insights from these datasets.
Many industries and companies are generating huge amounts of data, so management of this data and drawing insights involves utilizing business intelligence techniques on a day-to-day basis. In fact, business intelligence related activities are becoming fairly commonplace in certain industries. Advanced dashboards and reports based on the back end data – are the end results of utilizing business intelligence technologies.
Microsoft has provided Power BI as an analytics service for database administrators and analysts and introduced business intelligence functionality through the PowerPivot add-in for Excel in Excel 2010. Subsequent versions of Excel have PowerPivot fully incorporated and integrated. PowerPivot brings the relational database environment to Excel, as well as the ability to manage millions of rows of data. PowerPivot can combine data from multiple sources, and allows this data to be joined and analyzed in the Excel environment.
In addition, one can use special DAX (Data Analysis Expression) formulas to manipulate the data, group the data and create customized calculated fields. These DAX formulas, are literally at times working on millions of rows of data, and in seconds one can get a meaningful result delivered.
Once one has manipulated the data in the PowerPivot interface, one can then present it in dashboards or Pivot Table reports.
So, do you want to start getting into Business Intelligence and experimenting with big datasets, DAX and PowerPivot and seeing how at a click of a button, you can in an instant group or organize millions of rows of data?
Well look no further, we at ExcelDemy have put together a list of books that go over business intelligence, Power BI, and PowerPivot extensively.
In no time at all, you’ll feel comfortable tackling huge datasets and not only that, be able to collate them and deliver visually appealing dashboards based on the data.
Best Books for Learning Power BI
- Analyzing Data with Power BI and Power Pivot for Excel (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- Introducing Microsoft Power BI by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User’s Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 by Rob Collie, Avichal Singh
- DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: A Simple Guide to the Excel Revolution by Rob Collie
- The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Power BI (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- DAX Patterns 2015 by Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari
- Expert Cube Development with SSAS Multidimensional Models by Chris Webb, Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- Microsoft Excel 2013 Building Data Models with PowerPivot (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model (Developer Reference) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo, Chris Webb
- Microsoft® PowerPivot for Excel® 2010: Give Your Data Meaning (Business Skills) by Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari
- Tabular Modeling in SQL Server Analysis Services (2nd Edition) by Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari
- Learn to Write DAX: A practical guide to learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI by Matt Allington
- M Is for (Data) Monkey: A Guide to the M Language in Excel Power Query by Ken Puls, Miguel Escobar
- Microsoft Business Intelligence Tools for Excel Analysts by Michael Alexander
So, these are the top books for learning Power BI.
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