Getting Started with Data Analytics in Power BI

If you’re new to Power BI, you might wonder how to get started with data analytics. After all, Power BI is a complex tool with many features and functionality. Don’t worry, though – in this blog post, we’ll walk you through the basics of data analytics in Power BI, so you can get started on your journey to becoming a Power BI pro!

Power BI is a business intelligence and data visualization tool from Microsoft. It allows users to connect to various data sources, analyze, and create interactive visualizations. Power BI is a powerful tool that can help businesses make better decisions by giving them insights into their data. However, it can be daunting for newcomers to learn how to use all of its features.

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There are three main components to Power BI: data sources, reports, and dashboards. Data sources are the places where your data is stored, such as databases, spreadsheets, or text files. Reports are how you visualize your data, and dashboards are focal points for your most important metrics and visuals.

To get started with data analytics in Power BI, you’ll need to connect to a data source. You can do this by going to the Get Data button on the Home tab and selecting the type of data source that you want to connect to. Once connected to a data source, you can start exploring your data by creating reports. To do this, go to the Reports tab and select New Report. This will open up the Report Canvas, where you can drag and drop different fields from your data source onto the canvas to create charts and visuals.

How to connect to the data sources in Power BI

Once you’ve created some reports, you can add them to dashboards so that they’re always front-and-center when you open Power BI. To do this, go to the Dashboards tab and select New Dashboard. Then, click on the Add tile button and select Add report. Select the report you want to add from the list and click Add report again. Your report will now be added to the dashboard!


Now that you know the basics of data analytics in Power BI, it’s time to start exploring all of its features! Connecting to data sources, creating reports, and adding them to dashboards is just the beginning – there’s so much more than Power BI can do. Stay tuned for more blog posts about Power BI so that you can learn everything that this incredible tool has to offer!

Author: Lawrence Teixeira

Lawrence is a senior technology delivery lead with over 17 years of experience as a CTO and CIO in intellectual property companies. He has experience in both Agile and Waterfall development methodologies. He has a solid technical background in IT and excellent management skills with over 25 years in the area, delivering advanced systems projects and data analytics. Lawrence has hands-on experience building and deploying intellectual property systems, business intelligence, data warehousing, and building bots for RPA and data collection. He also knows PMP, Agile, Scrum, DevOps, ITIL, CMMI, and ISO/IEC 27001.

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