Discovering the Power of Excel 2010-2013 PowerPivot Data Analytic Expressions (DAX)

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Description:
This course is intended to expose the participants to the technology of DAX and to familiarize them with functionality of DAX at an advanced level to produce sophisticated DAX calculations by use of the functions of DAX. This course is based on Excel Professional 2013 or higher.
Prerequisites:
This course is intended for Power Users, Business Intelligence Developers, and IT Professionals that will be involved with the development of Excel PowerPivot queries and tabular modeling.
Course Overview:
This module explains how the class will be structured and introduces course materials and additional administrative information.

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Successfully log into their virtual machine.
Have a full understanding of what the course intends to cover.
Introduction to DAX:
In this module we will introduce DAX and explain the syntax. We will then explore the different parts that make up a DAX formula, demonstrate how they work, and cover errors that you may encounter along the way. This module aims to get you started with the basics.

Lessons
Introduction to DAX
Explaining Syntax
Exploring Data Types
Utilizing Operators
Understanding Values
PowerPivot Data Model
Handling Errors

Lab 1: Introduction to DAX
DAX Syntax
DAX Data Types and Operator Overloading
DAX Operators
DAX Values

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Explain and utilize DAX syntax.
Explain and utilize DAX data types and operator overloading.
Explain and utilize DAX operators.
Explain and utilize DAX values.
Understand and utilize PowerPivot Data Model.
Explain error handling.
Using DAX Functions:
In this module we will cover DAX functions and their abilities. We will demonstrate their capabilities as well as show you how to utilize them.

Lessons
Mathematical Functions
Statistical Functions
Logical Functions
Information Functions
Text Functions
Conversion Functions
Aggregation Functions
Relational Functions

Lab 1: Using DAX Functions
Mathematical Functions
Logical Functions
Conversion Functions
Aggregation Functions
Relational Functions

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Explain and utilize mathematical functions.
Explain and utilize statistical functions.
Explain and utilize logical functions.
Explain and utilize information functions.
Explain and utilize text functions.
Explain and utilize conversion functions.
Explain and utilize aggregation functions.
Explain and utilize relational functions.
Understanding Evaluation Contexts:
This module aims to clarify more advanced DAX concepts, which require an understanding of evaluation contexts.

Lessons
The CALCULATE Function
Filter Functions
Single Table Evaluation Context
Multiple Table Evaluation Context

Lab 1: Understanding Evaluation Contexts
Calculated Fields
Calculated Columns
Evaluation Contexts

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Explain and utilize the CALCULATE function.
Explain and utilize filter functions.
Explain and utilize single table evaluation context.
Explain and utilize multiple table evaluation context.
Create and configure calculated fields.
Create and configure calculated columns.
Working with Dates:
In this module we will explore how to work with dates and utilize Time Intelligence.

Lessons
Date Functions
Working with Calendars
Using Multiple Calendars

Lab 1: Working with Dates
Date Calculations

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Explain and utilize date functions.
Explain and utilize working with calendars.
Explain and utilize using multiple calendars.
Create and configure date calculations.
Utilizing Advanced DAX Functionality:
In this module we will cover many-to-many relationships and demonstrate their use along with exploring banding and DAX query capabilities.

Lessons
Many-to-Many Relationships
Banding
EVALUATE
Simplifying Your Life with DAX Studio

Lab 1: Utilizing Advanced DAX Functionality
Advanced DAX

After completing this module, participants will be able to:
Explain and utilize many-to-many relationships.
Explain and utilize banding.
Explain and utilize EVALUATE.
Explain and utilize advanced DAX capabilities.
Explain the benefits of DAX Studio.