MCSA: BI Reporting


Duration: 5 days

This five-day course combines Microsoft Course 20778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI and Course 20779: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Excel giving the student the opportunity to earn the MCSA: BI Reporting Certification.

The MCSA: BI Reporting Certification is the first step to becoming a Data Management and Analytics Microsoft Certified Expert (MCSE). By completing this course and gaining the associated certifications you are demonstrating your expertise in analyzing data with both Power BI and Excel.

Potential students that would be interested in this course are:

SQL Server Report creators who and interested in alternate methods of presenting data
Beginning and experienced programmers who have at least 3 months of programming experience and have basic Windows skills.
IT professionals that are responsible for analyzing data with Excel
After completing this course, students are able to:

Perform Power BI desktop data transformation
Describe Power BI Desktop Visualization
Implement the Power BI service
Describe how to connect to Excel data
Describe how to collaborate with Power BI data
Connect directly to data stores
How to explore and extend a classic Excel dashboard
How to explore and extend an Excel data model
Pre-format and import a.CSV file
Import data from a SQL Server database
Import data from a report
Create measures using advanced DAX functions
Create data visualizations in Excel
Create a Power BI dashboard with Excel


It is recommended that prior to attending this course, student have:

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
Good knowledge of Excel spreadsheets, functions, and charts
Working knowledge of relational databases
Excellent knowledge of relational databases and reporting
Some basic knowledge of data warehouse schema topology (including star and snowflake schemas)
Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).
An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.
Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications-Particularly Excel

What’s included?

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands-on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers & Onsite Certification Testing- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.


  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

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20778: Analyzing Data with Power BI

Module 1: Introduction to Self-Service BI Solutions

Introduction to business intelligence
Introduction to data analysis
Introduction to data visualization
Overview of self-service BI
Considerations for self-service BI
Microsoft tools for self-service BI
Lab: Exploring an Enterprise BI solution

Viewing reports
Creating a Power BI report
Creating a Power BI dashboard

Module 2: Introducing Power BI

Power BI
The Power BI service
Lab: Creating a Power BI dashboard

Connecting to Power BI data
Create a Power BI dashboard

Module 3: Power BI

Using Excel as a data source for Power BI
The Power BI data model
Using databases as a data source for Power BI
The Power BI service
Lab: Importing data into Power BI

Importing Excel files into Power BI
Viewing reports from Excel files

Module 4: Shaping and Combining Data

Power BI desktop queries
Shaping data
Combining data
Lab: Shaping and combining data

Shape power BI data
Combine Power BI data

Module 5: Modelling data

DAX queries
Calculations and measures
Lab: Modelling Data

Create relationships

Module 6: Interactive Data Visualizations

Creating Power BI reports
Managing a Power BI solution
Lab: Creating a Power BI report

Connecting to Power BI data
Building Power BI reports
Creating a Power BI dashboard

Module 7: Direct Connectivity

Cloud data
Connecting to analysis services
Lab: Direct Connectivity

Direct connectivity from Power BI desktop
Direct connectivity from the Power BI service

Module 8: Developer API

The developer API
Custom visuals
Lab: Using the developer API

Using custom visuals

Module 9: Power BI mobile app

The Power BI mobile app
Using the Power BI mobile app
Power BI embedded

20779: Analyzing Data with Excel

Module 1: Data Analysis in Excel

Classic Data Analysis with Excel
Excel Pivot Tables
Limitations of Classic Data Analysis
Lab: Building a Classic Excel Dashboard

Filtering and Formatting Data
Building a Pivot Table
Building a Pivot Chart
Building a Dashboard

Module 2: The Excel Data Model


Using an Excel Data Model
Lab: Explore an Excel Data Model

Create Calculated Columns
Format Data Model Data
Create Measures
Analyze the Data

Module 3: Importing Data from Files

Importing Data into Excel
Shaping and Transforming Data
Loading Data
Lab: Importing Data from a CSV File

Import and Transform Data from a CSV File
Add Data from a Folder

Module 4: Importing Data from Databases

Available Data Sources
Previewing, Shaping, and Transforming Data
Table Relationships and Hierarchies
Loading Data
Lab: Import Data from Multiple Sources

Import Data from SQL Server
Import Data from a CSV File
Create a Data Table

Module 5: Importing Data from Excel Reports


Importing Data from Excel Reports
Transforming Excel report Data
Lab: Importing Data from a Report

Import Data from Excel
Transform the Excel Data
Load the Data into an Excel Data Model

Module 6: Creating and Formatting Measures

Advanced DAX Functions
Lab: Creating Measures using Advanced DAX Functions

Last year comparison
Year to date
Market Share

Module 7: Visualizing Data in Excel

Pivot Charts
Cube Functions
Charts for Cube Functions
Lab: Data Visualization in Excel

Create a Tabular Report
Create a Pivot Chart
Add Slicers to Charts

Module 8: Using Excel with Power BI

Power BI
Uploading Excel Data to Power BI
Power BI Mobile App
Lab: Creating a Power BI Dashboard with Excel

Uploading Excel Data
Creating a Power BI Dashboard