MS 20779: Analyzing Data with Excel

The main purpose of the course is to give students the ability to add BI techniques to Excel data analysis. The course goes beyond the capabilities of tables and charts and uses Pivot Charts, the Excel Data Model, and Power BI.

Audience:

  • This course is intended for students who are experienced with analyzing data with Excel and who wish to add BI techniques.
  • The course will likely be attended by SQL Server report creators who are interested in alternative methods of presenting data.

Prerequisites:

Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Extensive knowledge of Excel spreadsheets including formulas, charts, filtering, sorting, and sub-totals. vBasic knowledge of data analytics equivalent to having attended course 10994.

Course goal:

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Explore and extend a classic Excel dashboard.
  • Explore and extend an Excel data model.
  • Pre-format and import a .CSV file.
  • Import data from a SQL Server database
  • Import data from a report.
  • Create measures using advanced DAX functions.
  • Create data visualizations in Excel.
  • Create a Power BI dashboard with Excel.

Read the official course description here: 
MS 20779: Analyzing Data with Excel 

Certification

This course is recommended as preparation for exam 70-779 which is the first of two exams leading to MCSA BI Reporting certification. 

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