Power BI Training Courses in Ireland

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Our Microsoft PowerBI courses are delivered anywhere in Ireland or the UK and are ideal for individuals and enterprises that need a comprehensive understanding of how Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize (or discover) what’s important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want. 

Our dedicated Training team will provide you with expert guidance for your course - whether your Power BI courses takes place at your offices (in-company private training) or virtually with live instructors from anywhere in the world.

We are focused on helping you and your company with the management of your projects and ultimately your results. That’s why we have pre and post-course support for all our delegates and consulting clients.

Power BI FAQs

What is Microsoft PowerBI?

Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft that allows users to visualize and share insights from their data. It enables users to connect to various data sources, transform and shape the data, create interactive reports and dashboards, and share them with others.

What are the main components of Power BI?

Power BI consists of three main components for everyday: Power BI Desktop (for creating reports), Power BI Service (for sharing and collaborating on reports), and Power BI Mobile (for accessing reports on mobile devices). Howerver the complete stack from Microsoft is as follows: 

  1. Power BI Desktop: This is the authoring tool that allows you to create reports and dashboards. It is a Windows application that provides a rich, interactive environment for designing and building your data models, queries, and visualizations. You can connect to various data sources, transform and shape data, and create visualizations in Power BI Desktop.

  2. Power BI Service (Power BI Web): Power BI Service is a cloud-based platform where you can publish and share your Power BI reports and dashboards with others. It allows for collaboration and sharing within your organization. You can also access your reports and dashboards from any device with an internet connection.

  3. Power BI Mobile: Power BI offers mobile apps for iOS and Android, allowing you to access your reports and dashboards on smartphones and tablets. The mobile apps are designed for optimized viewing and interaction on smaller screens.

  4. Power BI Gateway: Power BI Gateway acts as a bridge between your on-premises data sources and the Power BI Service. It enables scheduled data refresh, direct query, and live connection to on-premises data sources. There are two types of gateways: On-Premises Data Gateway and On-Premises Data Gateway (Personal Mode).

  5. Power BI Report Server: This is an on-premises solution for publishing, managing, and delivering Power BI reports within your organization's own infrastructure. It is designed for organizations that need to keep their data and reports on-premises for security or compliance reasons.

  6. Power BI Embedded: Power BI Embedded allows developers to integrate Power BI reports and dashboards into custom applications. This is useful for organizations that want to embed interactive data visualizations in their own software products.

  7. Power BI Dataflows: Dataflows in Power BI allow you to build ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) processes in the cloud. You can create reusable data transformations and combine data from various sources, making it easier to create reports and dashboards.

  8. Power BI APIs: Power BI provides REST APIs that allow developers to programmatically interact with Power BI, create custom applications, and automate various tasks.

  9. Power BI Premium: Power BI Premium is a capacity-based licensing option that offers dedicated resources and enhanced performance for larger-scale deployments. It provides features like increased data refresh frequency, larger dataset sizes, and the ability to share reports with external users without requiring them to have a Power BI Pro license.

  10. Power BI Apps: Power BI Apps are pre-built solutions created by Microsoft or third-party developers. They contain dashboards, reports, and datasets tailored to specific industries or business needs, making it easier to get started with Power BI for particular use cases.

SureSkills runs courses on each of the main components in: Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced and Data Analysis.

How do I get started with Power BI?

To get started, you need to download and install Power BI Desktop, which is the application for creating reports and dashboards. You can also sign up for a Power BI Service account (at an extra cost) to share and collaborate on reports online.

What types of data sources can Power BI connect to?

Power BI can connect to a wide range of data sources, including Excel files, databases (such as SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL), cloud services (such as Azure, SharePoint, Salesforce), and web services. Here's a fuller list: 

  1. Relational Databases: Power BI can connect to a wide range of relational databases, including:

    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Oracle
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    • IBM Db2
    • Teradata
    • and many others.
  2. Data Warehouses: You can connect to data warehouses, such as Amazon Redshift, Snowflake, and Google BigQuery.

  3. Online Services and Cloud-Based Data Sources: Power BI can connect to data from various online services and cloud-based platforms, including:

    • Azure SQL Database
    • Azure Data Lake Storage
    • SharePoint Online
    • Dynamics 365
    • Salesforce
    • Google Analytics
    • Facebook
    • MailChimp
    • Web APIs (via custom connectors)
    • and more.
  4. Excel Workbooks: You can import data from Excel files, which can be stored on your local machine, OneDrive, or SharePoint.

  5. CSV and Text Files: Power BI supports importing data from comma-separated values (CSV) and text files.

  6. Web Data Sources: Power BI can scrape data from web pages through HTML tables or APIs.

  7. Hadoop and Big Data Sources: Power BI can connect to Hadoop HDFS, Spark, and other big data sources.

  8. On-Premises Data Sources: Power BI Gateway allows you to connect to on-premises data sources, including on-premises SQL Server databases and file shares.

  9. Azure Services: You can connect to various Azure services, such as Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Cosmos DB, and Azure Blob Storage.

  10. OData Sources: Power BI can consume data from OData feeds, which are widely used for exposing and consuming data over the web.

  11. NoSQL Databases: Power BI can connect to NoSQL databases like MongoDB.

  12. XML Data: You can import data from XML files or web services that return data in XML format.

  13. Other Data Sources: Power BI also supports connecting to data through custom connectors, allowing you to create connections to proprietary or less common data sources.

How do I create visualizations in Power BI?

In Power BI Desktop, you can drag and drop fields from your data onto the report canvas to create visualizations like charts, tables, maps, and more. You can customize these visuals by changing their appearance, formatting, and properties.

What are Power BI dashboards?

Dashboards in Power BI are collections of visualizations, reports, and other elements that provide an overview of your data insights. Dashboards can be created in Power BI Service by pinning visuals from different reports to a single canvas.

How do I share my Power BI reports with others?

You can share your Power BI reports by publishing them to the Power BI Service. Once published, you can share the reports with specific individuals or groups, and they can access them using their Power BI accounts.

What is Power Query?

Power Query is a data transformation and shaping tool within Power BI that allows you to connect to various data sources, perform data cleansing, merging, and transformation operations, and then load the refined data into your Power BI model.

Can I schedule data refresh in Power BI?

Yes, you can schedule automatic data refresh in Power BI Service for reports that are based on imported or DirectQuery data sources. This ensures that your reports always show the most up-to-date data.

Is Power BI available for mobile devices?

Yes, Power BI offers a mobile app called Power BI Mobile. It allows you to access and interact with your Power BI reports and dashboards on smartphones and tablets.

Can I learn Power BI by myself?

Yes, you can definitely learn Power BI by yourself! Many people have successfully learned Power BI through self-study. Remember that learning Power BI, like any skill, takes time and practice. Start with the basics, gradually build your knowledge, and don't hesitate to seek help when needed. With dedication and perseverance, you can become proficient in Power BI on your own.

Is Power BI training free?

Power BI training comes in a variety of forms, including both free (YouTube, Microsoft Documentation and Resources, Microsoft Learn, Blogs and online Communities), and paid options. 

While there are plenty of free resources available, keep in mind that intensive instructor led ourses that are more structured and advanced requires payment. Paid SureSkils courses offer in-depth content, certification, and access to expert instructors. Depending on your learning preferences and goals, you can choose the approach that best fits your needs and budget. 

Is it possible to learn Power BI in 2 days?

Learning Power BI in just two days can provide you with a basic understanding of the tool and its functionalities, but it's important to manage your expectations. Power BI is a large, versatile and feature-rich platform, and becoming proficient in all its aspects typically requires more time and hands-on practice. However, a focused two-day instructor led course can give you a very solid start. 

While this two-day course can help you get started and create reports, remember that becoming proficient in Power BI requires ongoing practice, exploration of more advanced features, and a deeper understanding of data modeling, DAX, and complex data sources. 

If you're looking to become a more advanced Power BI user or use it for professional purposes, you'll likely need to invest more time in learning and practicing over an extended period. Consider taking additional courses, exploring advanced DAX functions, and gaining experience with real-world projects. 

Is Power BI easy or hard to learn?

The ease of learning Power BI depends on your background, experience, and familiarity with similar tools and concepts. There are several factors (your level of tech and data) that can influence the perceived difficulty of learning Power BI.

While Power BI is designed to be accessible to a wide range of users, its complexity can vary based on your background and familiarity with related concepts. With the right approach, practice, and resources, you can learn to use Power BI effectively, whether you find it relatively easy or somewhat challenging. 

Key Benefits of PowerBI training?

Some of the most important benefits of providing PowerBI training for all employees in an organisation is to reduce errors, such as lost data and the ability to organise and share data. As a Microsoft Partner, SureSkills' training experts have the technical know-how and virtual classroom presence to educate and maximize the use of PowerBI within your organization.

What is Power BI - October 2023 Update

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