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The best thing to happen to Excel in 20 years

From the course: Excel Business Intelligence: 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

    • Chris Dutton

      Chris Dutton

      Founder & COO, Maven Analytics
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      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.

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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] All right, so there's a quote by this guy named Bill Jelen. He's known as Mr. Excel. He's an Excel MVP and one of the leaders in the field. And what he said was that Power Query and Power Pivot were the best thing to happen to Excel in 20 years. And I couldn't agree more. So let's talk through why that's the case and review some of the key benefits to these business intelligence tools. So, first and foremost, we can now import and analyze millions, tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of rows of data directly in Excel from virtually anywhere. So that alone is a pretty huge game-changer. Second, we can quickly build models to blend and analyze data across sources. So no longer do we need to actually mash them together with cell formulas like V Lookup or Index and Match. We can easily create relationships to analyze holistic performance across an entire data model. Third, we can now create fully automated data shaping and loading procedures with no VBA and no…

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