About this course
Excel is one of the most widely used solutions for analyzing and visualizing data. It now includes tools that enable the analysis of more data, with improved visualizations and more sophisticated business logics. In this data science course, you will get an introduction to the latest versions of these new tools in Excel 2016 from an expert on the Excel Product Team at Microsoft.
Learn how to import data from different sources, create mashups between data sources, and prepare data for analysis. After preparing the data, find out how business calculations can be expressed using the DAX calculation engine. See how the data can be visualized and shared to the Power BI cloud service, after which it can be used in dashboards, queried using plain English sentences, and even consumed on mobile devices.
Do you feel that the contents of this course is a bit too advanced for you and you need to fill some gaps in your Excel knowledge? Do you need a better understanding of how pivot tables, pivot charts and slicers work together, and help in creating dashboards? If so, check out DAT205x: Introduction to Data Analysis using Excel.
This course is also a part of the Microsoft Excel for the Data Analyst XSeries.
What you'll learn
- Gather and transform data from multiple sources
- Discover and combine data in mashups
- Learn about data model creation
- Explore, analyze, and visualize data
Understanding of Excel analytic tools such as tables, pivot tables and pivot charts. Also, some experience in working with data from databases and also from text files will be helpful.
Setup the lab environment by installing Office applications. Learn how to perform data analysis in Excel using classic tools, such as pivot tables, pivot charts, and slicers, on data that is already in a worksheet / grid data. Explore an Excel data model, its content, and its structure, using the Power Pivot add-in. Create your first DAX expressions for calculated columns and measures.
Learn about queries (Power Query add-in in Excel 2013 and Excel 2010), and build an Excel data model from a single flat table. Learn how to import multiple tables from a SQL database, and create an Excel data model from the imported data. Create a mash-up between data from text-files and data from a SQL database.
Get the details on how to create measures to calculate for each cell, filter context for calculation, and explore several advanced DAX functions. Find out how to use advanced text query to import data from a formatted Excel report. Perform queries beyond the standard user interface.
Explore ways to create stunning visualizations in Excel. Use the cube functions to perform year-over-year comparisons. Create timelines, hierarchies, and slicers to enhance your visualizations. Learn how Excel can work together with Power BI. Upload an Excel workbook to the Power BI service. Explore the use of Excel on the mobile platform.
Meet the instructors
Dany Hoter is a solutions architect with DataRails, a startup company that adds enterprise abilities to Excel. He has been involved with business intelligence (BI), Excel, and BI in Excel since 1998. Previously, he worked for Microsoft as a Program Manager in the Excel team. Dany is very passionate about educating Excel users and is happy to connect on LinkedIn.
Senior Content Developer
Jonathan works as a content developer and project manager for Microsoft focusing in Data and Analytics online training. He has worked with trainings for developer and IT pro audiences, from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Windows Active Directory. Before coming to Microsoft, Jonathan worked as a consultant for a Microsoft partner, implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions.