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Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

Pivot and unpivot data with Power Query

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  • Course details

    Microsoft Excel includes a powerful feature called Power Query—also known as Get & Transform or Get Data—which provides fast and powerful data gathering and cleansing capabilities. In this course—the first installment in the Excel Business Intelligence series—follow along with experienced Excel trainer Chris Dutton as he shows you the robust capabilities of Power Query. Chris kicks off the course by outlining the power Excel landscape and spelling out when to use business intelligence tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, and DAX. He then dives into Power Query, explaining how to leverage key query editing tools to connect and transform data. Learn about basic Power Query table transformations, text-specific query editing tools, how to merge and append queries, and more. Chris also shares best practices for working efficiently with Power Query.

    Instructor

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      Chris Dutton

      Founder & COO, Maven Analytics

      • Chris Dutton is a certified Microsoft Excel Expert and analytics consultant.Chris has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across automotive, retail, insurance, and travel verticals. He has developed award-winning business intelligence and data visualization tools, which have been featured by Microsoft, the New York Times, and the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). As founder of Excel Maven, Chris has helped thousands of students learn how to use Excel as a dynamic and powerful analytics tool, and has developed personalized training programs for individuals, private groups, and businesses across the country. He graduated summa cum laude and received the Charles Bluhdorn Prize in Economics at Tufts University.

    Skills covered in this course

  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] Okay, so by this point you should be pretty comfortable with those basic power query and query editing tools. Those number tools, those text tools, date-specific tools. They're all pretty user friendly and pretty easy to operate as I'm sure you've noticed. But there are some more interesting ones, and some tools that are a little bit less intuitive to work with, and let's cover a few of those now. We're going to start with pivoting and unpivoting. And it sounds a little bit nebulous, but basically the way I describe it is that pivoting is really just a fancy way to describe the process of turning distinct row values into their own columns. That's called pivoting. Or turning columns into rows, which is called unpivoting. Now you're probably reading this and saying okay, I understand all those words, but it's still not quite clicking. At least that was my experience. So hopefully this visual will help. Picture this little table. You just got one dimension and one…

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