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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"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.

Course Curriculum

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  DAX Course Wrap Up
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
This resource is free and you may access it anytime.
Can I purchase a single course instead of the full Enterprise DNA membership?
The option to purchase a single course has been discontinued. To access any of our courses, you will need to upgrade to full membership here.
Do you offer one-off support or coaching?
All support around Power BI and Enterprise DNA's online training content now occurs at the Enterprise DNA Forum. You must have an Enterprise DNA Membership or CoE access to receive support.
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

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