Ultimate Beginners Guide to DAX

Learn all about DAX calculations in Power BI. Learn introductory theory as well as how to put it into practice when developing Power BI models

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An outline of this training course

This free training course has been created to give you an introductory understanding of DAX, which is the formula language inside of Power BI. DAX is the true analytical power behind Power BI. If learnt well you can complete some incredible analysis that historically has been quite difficult to achieve with existing tools (like excel). The training covers some theory behind DAX that is important to understand and learn very well before you move on to more advanced formula and using complex analytical techniques.

Details of what you will learn during this course
  • Learn - what DAX is and why you need to learn it when using Power BI
  • Learn - the basics of DAX calculations
  • Understand - formula syntax, writing comments & variables
  • Review - how the data model and DAX calculations work together
  • Learn - what the most important concept of DAX is - CONTEXT
  • Understand - what the CALCULATE statement does
  • Learn - what table functions are and when to use them
  • Review - time intelligence functions
  • Understand - how important learning DAX well is when using Power BI

What you get with the course
  • 2 hours of course videos
  • Demo data set to practice DAX formula with
  • Power BI file (pbix file) resource showcasing all the examples used during the course
  • 15 questions quiz to test your knowledge and understanding of the course content

Here are the specifics for the course
Learn how to;
  • Use DAX formula with Power BI
  • When and where to use DAX functions
  • Utilise some of the great features built into the DAX formula bar
  • Use the data model in combination with DAX formula
  • Understand the concept of CONTEXT
  • Use the CALCULATE statement
  • Create filters using table functions
  • Incorporate time intelligence functions in your analysis
  • Become a DAX master by combining patterns of DAX formula


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Your Instructor

Sam McKay, CFA
Sam McKay, CFA

Sam very early on saw the immense opportunity of using Power BI to create analytical solutions. After years of developing some advanced analysis and tools in excel, he was amazed that he could re-create most of those things in about 10% of the time with Power BI.

He is the founder and CEO at Enterprise DNA, a business intelligence training & consultancy business primarily focused on driving better decision making within organisations by empowering individuals and teams to transform raw data into unmatched insights using Microsoft's Power BI suite of tools.

Sam has a strong history in Finance, previously working at ANZ, PIMCO, and Fonterra. He is also a CFA charterholder, achieving the designation in 2011.

He has a passion for building highly scalable analytical solutions within organisations, and wants to see others learn how to do the same.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is an on-demand course that you can view at any time once you are enrolled
Can I download the course modules?
Yes they are all available for download and watching offline
How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access. Come back and review the content whenever you like in the future
What if I want to learn more about Power BI?
This is a perfect beginner to intermediate course about the DAX formula language in Power BI. If you want to become a Power BI super user and DAX master you may want to look into purchasing an Enterprise DNA Membership
Is there any catch to this being free?
Absolutely none whatsoever. I want you to learn as much as you can about Power BI and become a very proficient user. If you want to then take things up another level and become a super user of Power BI then you may then want to look into the paid training at Enterprise DNA

Passionate about empowering users of Power BI

"My goal is to teach others that you have almost unlimited analytical power when harnessing all the features in Power BI.

Through training across a number of different mediums, I've reached over 10,000 Power BI users, showing them a range of tips and tricks in Power BI development.

I'm a true believer that Power BI is the future of analysis and know individuals with the right training can now create advanced analytics in a scalable way that can have a real impact in the way insights are found and consumed within organisations."

Sam McKay, CFA - Founder & CEO, Enterprise DNA

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