30 Days to Success in Power BI

In the SQL Server community, I’ve seen quite a few 30 day blogs. I love the format with the idea being that you read the blog once a day for a month to master a new skill. Let’s go on adventure to learn PowerBI!

PowerBI is the latest Microsoft Business Intelligence tool. This tool, however, is considered a self-service tool in that it lets users create the data visualizations that they want to see instead of waiting for your in-house report writers to create a report for you. Excited yet? Don’t worry, you will be. It is a fun tool. Let’s get started.

Recently, I completed my first PowerBI project for a client of ours at Innovative Architects. It only took a couple of days to deliver multiple dashboards and they were beautiful if I do say so myself. This project inspired me to blog about getting started with PowerBI.

So day one needs to be getting PowerBI installed and ready to go. The first thing we do is to download the software at https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/get-started/ using an email address. This is important because PowerBI is getting monthly updates and the tool is adding features every month. You really want to know about them as they are released.

  1. Let’s start the installer and get this party going!


    Figure 1: Basic Installer Starting Point

  2. Strait forward so far, right? Click Next.


    Figure 2: Basic License Acceptance Screen

  3. Check the acceptance box and then click Next.


    Figure 3: Choose an Installation Folder

  4. Choose an installation folder by clicking Change or click Next to continue with the default location.


    Figure 4: Let’s Install Now!!

  5. Click Install to begin.


    Figure 5: We’re Done!

  6. Click Finish to end the installation. Wow, that was easy!

I told you it would be fun, right?  We have now installed PowerBI Desktop. We’re should probably take the rest of today off. See you tomorrow!


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About SQLGator

Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Florida Gator, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server Business Intelligence Consultant, there are other technologies greater than these? Not so fast my friend! I also love to travel to new and exotic places.

Posted on February 13, 2017, in Business Intelligence, PowerBI and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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