Category Archives: Power BI

Enhance data after import using Power BI

We have already learnt how to import and clean data from various sources using Power Query (Transform). Once the data is inside Power BI Data tab (or Excel Data Model of Power Pivot), we can refine and enrich it further using various features like synonyms, custom sorting order, formatting, summarization and more. Watch the video for details – English as well as हिंदी versions are available.

English version of data shaping in Power BI
हिंदी version

10 rules for Clean data

We spend lot of time in data cleaning. But there is no simple definition of exactly what clean data means. Therefore, I created a simple 10 item checklist. If all 10 items are correct, data is clean. Simple and easy to use.

10 rules for Clean data

Remember, here we are talking about input data – not output (reports).

  1. Each column must have a heading
  2. No blank headings
  3. No duplicate headings
  4. No formulas in headings
  5. No merged cells
  6. Each column must have ONE meaning
  7. Each column must have ONE type of data
  8. No subtotals or grand totals
  9. Formatting should not be used instead of data
  10. Data must grow vertically, not horizontally
Watch this video to learn more.
This is the Hindi version.

Convert clean data to a Table

If you are using Excel, as soon as data is cleaned, convert it into a Table. Why? Here are the benefits of using Excel Tables – 13 articles.

How to use Power BI free of cost

I have noticed that most customers are reluctant to pay the 9$ license cost for Power BI. Here is how you can use Power BI free of cost. I am a strong proponent of purchasing licensed software. This articles is not meant to show you how to cheat on the licensing cost. In fact, I will show you how to get tangible value by using Power BI free version so that you can easily justify the cost of the license with a strong and compelling business justification.

Power BI free of cost poster showing the logo and a skydiver

The idea is simple. Use Power BI just like we use Excel. Create Power BI Reports, save PBIX files on OneDrive / Teams. Share the reports with each other as links or attachments – exactly the way we do with Excel files. All users must have Power BI Desktop free version. This process does not cost any money. Power BI free version offers all the features and connectors with no time limit or restrictions.

Then the next question is – if this works for free, why pay Microsoft that 9$ per user per month license for Power BI Pro? Good question. Sharing PBIX files may seem satisfy your needs – but it has many disadvantages. Read on to find out more…

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