1. Introduction to Power BI

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Building Your First Dashboard

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In this lesson, we’ll introduce the concept of dashboards and discuss why Power BI is an ideal tool for creating them.


  1. Course Outline (00:31)

    This course outlines the various products with the Power BI name. It demonstrates how to build a report, upload it to the cloud and share it with colleagues in your business.

  2. Understanding Dashboards (00:46)

    A dashboard is an easy-to-read, single screen interface that shows Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) for a business unit. In effect, it is a series of elements, such as charts, tables, and images that provide insights into your data. 

    Dashboard provide a high-level overview of the business, and make it easy to identify trends and obtain insights from raw data. As a result, they lead to improved decision-making and better results.

  3. Creating Dashboards in Power BI (01:35)

    There are many advantages to using Power BI to create dashboards. If you have experience of creating dashboards in Excel, you will find Power BI has the following advantages:

    • Power BI is a dedicated visualization tool, so you can create detailed, insightful dashboards quickly, even if you don’t currently have advanced data analysis skills

    • Power BI connects to data from a wide variety of sources

    • Power BI can handle much larger data sets than Excel

    If you have experience of a purpose-built dashboard tool like Tableau, then you will find Power BI has the following advantages:

    • Power BI is a Microsoft product. If your company runs largely on Microsoft products, Power BI will fit in well

    • Power BI is considerably cheaper than many competitor products

    • Power BI receives frequent feature updates


Building Your First Dashboard