DAX Formula Patterns

Advanced course using Power BI & DAX to solve complex but common business problems and scenarios you'll face everyday

An outline of this training course

This training is completely focused on how to use DAX formulas within Power BI to solve simple up to very advanced analytical problems. By utilising the power of DAX, combined with the Power BI data model you can almost effortlessly write DAX formula that can solve even the most complex questions being asked of your raw data. To do this effectively you need to firstly understand the core DAX concepts and formulas. From here you can branch out into a number of re-usable patterns that can be overlaid on a variety of datasets. This course teaches you how to do exactly this with comprehensive examples on a considerable amount of analytical scenarios that you will face everyday in the real-world.

Number of Recommended CPE credits: 8.5

Field(s) of Study: Computer Software & App

Course Level: Intermediate

Participants of this module should have basic knowledge and understanding of how to use Power BI and DAX. It is recommended to have completed the Ultimate Beginners Guide to Power BI and DAX, and the Power BI Super Users Workshop modules. No other advance preparation needed to take this course.

This course module is tailored to: Excel users, data analysts, reporting managers

DAX Formula Patterns - is a QAS self study (Traditional) course. It can also be accessed through a purchase of an Enterprise DNA On-Demand or Center of Excellence License.

This course was last updated in December 2020.

Details of what you will learn during this course
  • Learn - how to use DAX in Power BI to solve common analytical problems
  • Use - DAX formula to bring compelling analytical works to life
  • Learn - advanced DAX measure branching techniques
  • Understand - what true analytical power you have when combining multiple techniques
  • Learn - how to look at raw data and then build up your DAX formula to get the answers that you need
What you get with the course
  • 5 hours of course videos
  • 5x demo data sets to practice DAX formula throughout all course examples
  • 20x Power BI file (pbix file) downloads showcasing all the examples used during the course

Here are the specifics for the course
Analytical patterns you will be able to solve;
  • Percent of Total
  • Moving Averages
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Cumulative totals
  • Time Intelligence
  • Static Grouping
  • Dynamic Grouping
  • Events in Progress
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Parameter tables
  • Scenario & What if analysis
  • Attrition analysis
  • Market basket analysis
  • Customer insights & behaviours
  • Many to many relationships
  • Related unique counts
  • Examples of combining various techniques


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"I've found DAX really hard, but it makes far more sense now. The explanations are clear and more simplified than I've read and watched elsewhere which is what I needed. The examples are great too." - Scott T. - Michigan   "I've been looking for resources like this everywhere but couldn't find any. So good to have these all in one place, with detailed explanations on how to build this myself. Seriously awesome stuff." - Renee M. - Melbourne   "I just started learning Power BI with the courses on this page and they are awesome and easy to follow and understand, even if English is not your origin language.." - Álvaro, Chile

Your Instructor

Sam McKay
Sam McKay

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I need to train my team?
We recommend exploring Enterprise DNA Center of Excellence platform. To learn more, see here.

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 100,000 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

"Sam and EnterpriseDNA have taken my PowerBI to the next level. The courses are excellently well presented. Sam's extensive experience in building BI tools means the tutorials and webinars are always relevant and always hit the mark. Enterprise DNA is a 5* resource - I highly recommend."- David Nightingale, Johannesburg South Africa   "I came across Enterprise DNA through one of the free YouTube videos. After getting a lot of valuable info for free, I felt ready to dig deeper into PowerBi in general and DAX in particular, and the membership here certainly has given me good value for money therefore I highly recommend signing a membership." - Erik Jacobsen, Scandinavian   "I have been in the Analytics and Data Warehouse space for about 20 years and have been a serious advocate of Power BI from it’s inception. I am excited to become a member of this forum, having review as many of Sam’s vidoes as I could and have enefited significantly from his tutelage." - Brad - Canada