Get Started With Power BI

by Treb Gatte

Updated: January 30, 2020

This page is a resource page that we will augment as needed. Listed are some of our favorite resources for those just getting started with Power BI.

Where Do I Start?

You have a choice. Either you can prepare yourself with the core concepts before starting with Power BI or you can jump in. We list three core areas of Visual Design, Discovery, and Data Design as requisite knowledge areas to do Power BI well.

We also list our favorite Power BI resources to help you when you are in the middle of a question.

First, understand the difference between BI and Reporting.

Concept: Visual Design

It is a good idea to learn how to design reports in a way that is visually engaging, communicates the right message, and is easy to use. We find ourselves always going back to these books to get ideas.

Concept: Discovery

These books will help you discover the questions to answer and whether they are the right questions that should be answered.

Concept: Data Design

We only found one book on the topic that covers this well, without it being so theoretical. Good data design shouldn’t feel like rocket science. This book will take you through the process in an approachable fashion.

Getting Started with Power BI

Here’s your starting points with the tool itself.

Power BI Premium

Podcasts

Want to hear the latest on what’s going in the industry? Check out these podcasts!

Power BI Resource Books

These books will come in handy when you need to look up more advanced information.

Power BI Communities

These are the places you can go to ask questions. Find your tribe to learn from and to teach that which you’ve learned along the way.

Extremely Helpful Websites

The title says it all. These are simply a goldmine of information.

Power BI Related Tools

Sometimes, you need more than the out of the box tools. These can help.

Events to Check Out

Many people aren’t aware of the wealth of events out there where you can learn more about Power BI

Using Power BI with SharePoint

One Response to “Get Started With Power BI”

January 27, 2020 at 11:07 pm, Jason Hurley said:

This is great! Really enjoyed you on the BIFocal Podcast too. The two things I’d say are a “must add” to this list is Cole Nussbaumer-Knaflic’s book, Storytelling with Data, as well as the Power BI Weekly newsletter: https://powerbiweekly.info/

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