Creating a Data Driven Culture with Power BI

The fourth industrial revolution, or ‘digital revolution’ as many have called it, brings more data into our awareness than we’ve ever had before—so much data, in fact, that we have to find new ways of analysing it, new ways of spotting trends, and new ways of turning that data into information and hence a competitive advantage.

I believe Microsoft’s Power BI allows for the creation of a data driven culture within our organisations. It also allows us to create self-service analytical applications at an enterprise scale. I’ll be sharing across three upcoming sessions the how-to’s of this. We’ll learn how to pull in the data, cleanse it, analyse it, and create interactive dashboards and reports which can be made available throughout your organisation.

I hope you’ll join me for the Power BI for Business Users and Project Managers Training Series. It’s eligible for 3 Strategic PMI® PDUs.


Watch now On-Demand – Part 1: Introduction to the Power BI Suite
This session will introduce you to the Power BI suite of products and applications from Microsoft. At the end of this session, you will understand what Power BI is and how it can be used to visualize different types of data from multiple data sources. You will also understand the process of creating and publishing reports, understand workspaces, apps, permissions, the mobile app, etc.

Watch now On-Demand – Part 2: Deep Dive into Shaping Data using Power Query
Data rarely exists in the exact format or shape that we want it. It needs “massaging”, errors need to be removed, and often new data needs to be derived from the existing data set. In this session, you’ll learn how to use Query Editor inside the Power BI desktop client to transform your existing data so that it suits your purpose. We’ll use examples from both Microsoft Planner files and Project Online.

Watch now On-Demand – Part 3: Creating Reports using the Power BI Desktop App
Once we’ve got our data into the required shape, we can begin to visualize it, i.e., build reports and dashboards for users to view. Once again, we’ll take Planner files, publish the reports, and create dashboards in the Power BI Service so that they can be shared within our organization. We’ll also show how these reports and dashboards can be viewed on mobile devices and the information socialized within the mobile app.


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Written by Ben Howard
Ben Howard – Awarded Community Leader for his very popular and comprehensive UK web training series and has over 30 years of experience of implementing enterprise solutions for customers worldwide.  During that time, he’s worked for IBM, DELL, and Microsoft, as well as several smaller organisations. He now runs his own consultancy (Applepark Ltd), providing Project, Project Online and Power BI implementation and training services. He has been awarded the Microsoft Most Value Professional award for Project for the last 13 years, blogs semi-frequently at, produces video training for Pluralsight and his own YouTube channel, and finally was responsible for producing P2O, an application that exports tasks from Microsoft Project into Outlook.  You can catch him at  

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