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Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

Meet Power Query aka Get & Transform

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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.


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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.

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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] Alright, time to officially meet our good friend Power Query. Now Power Query, aka Get and Transform, allows you to do a number of things. First, you can connect to data across a wide range of sources. Second, you can filter, shape, append, merge, blend, transform raw data. Basically do anything to it before it gets loaded up for further analysis, and modeling. And then, third, you can create stored, and saved procedures to automate each step of your data prep. Kind of like a VBA macro. Now, to access the Power Query tools it depends on the version of Excel that you're using. If you're using a recent version like Office 365, or Excel 2016 you should see those tools in the Data tab under the Get and Transform section. That's where you can insert new queries, show all of your workbook queries, and also list out the recent sources. So let's take a look at what types of data connections are available to us. So when you click on the actual New Query button you'll see all of…

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