Introduction to Data Modeling for Power BI is an introductory video course about data modeling, which is a required skill to get the best out of Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, and Analysis Services. The training is aimed at users that do not have a background knowledge in data modeling for analytical systems and reporting.

The goal of the course is introduce the primary concepts of dimensional modeling, using practical examples and demos to illustrate how to obtain the desired result without having to write complex DAX expressions. Creating a proper data model simplifies the code to write and improves the performance. The course is made of 100 minutes of lectures. You can watch the videos at any time and the system will keep track of your advances. Within the course you can download the slides and the Power BI files used in the demos.


  • Presentation of Introduction to Data Modeling for Power BI

    • Presentation of Introduction to Data Modeling for Power BI
  • Slides and demos

    • How to download and use demo files
    • Demos download
    • Slides of the video course
  • Introduction to data modeling

    • Introduction to data modeling
    • Introduction
    • Scattered information
    • Business entities
  • Normalization and denormalization

    • Normalization and denormalization
    • Introducing normalization and denormalization
  • Star schemas

    • Star schemas
    • Introducing star schemas
    • Placing tables in a diagram
    • If you don't have a star schema
  • Why data modeling is useful

    • Why data modeling is useful
    • What is the role of a data model
  • Data modeling scenarios

    • Data modeling scenarios
    • Common scenarios
    • Header / detail tables
    • Back to a star schema
    • Multiple fact tables
    • Building a star schema
    • Handling multiple dates
    • Multiple relationships with date
    • Events with different durations
    • Precompute the values
  • Conclusion

    • Conclusion
Student Rating
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Student Reviews (83)
  • Carlos Castro (Apr 18, 2019)

    Excellent intro. Easy to understand and follow. Good PBI files resources with interesting measures and DAX queries to learn from

  • Ricardo Alves (Apr 18, 2019)

    Was my first online course, and exceed my expectations. Videos have a good pace, the speaker presents the topic with ease so is very easy to keep up. I enjoyed the segmentation and lenght of the videos, really easy to pause the course and be back at it after a while. It was the first but probably not the last. Congratulations.

  • Manal Malek (Apr 18, 2019)

    Very Informative Presentation. Thank you so much. You are the best.

  • Susannah Bentley (Apr 16, 2019)

    Excellent introduction to data modelling.

  • Josué López (Apr 16, 2019)

    Very Interesting and helpful

  • harm bons (Apr 15, 2019)

    Nice introduction in relation to data modeling!

  • Nahid Sarowar (Apr 15, 2019)

    Its very helpful for me, and this the basic of Data modeling for Power BI. Thanks, Marco & Alberto

  • Donald Parish (Apr 12, 2019)

    Very nice introduction. I've read the book, and this complements it. I very much enjoy watching the instructor stand and point to screen like a real lecture instead of a talking head imposed on a video.

  • Jeremy Schlosberg (Apr 11, 2019)

    Very informative and the videos are easy to follow

  • Javier Vazquez (Apr 11, 2019)

    Thank you so much for this training, very clear and neat explanations!

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  • Smiljka Nikolic (Apr 7, 2019)

    Very nicely explained. I truly enjoyed the course.

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  • Christopher Hastings (Apr 4, 2019)

    This is a very good introduction to Data Modeling. If you included examples of using Power Query, that would probably be helpful for beginners.

  • Yan Yan (Apr 4, 2019)

    very useful! thanks very much for the share!!!

  • Wveimar López Marin (Apr 3, 2019)

    What an excellent video course. As usually, Marco and Alberto is sharing their knowledge to all the community all over the world interested in learning some tips and techniques for BI. Thank you very much.

  • Carlos Goncalves (Apr 3, 2019)

    Great introduction Course. Many thanks for your way to teach

  • Dirk Surmont (Apr 3, 2019)

    Very good structured course about the Data Modeling subject for Power BI!

  • Wayne Walker (Apr 3, 2019)

    Good introduction.

  • Dannelly Ramos (Apr 2, 2019)

    Great course! Practical and useful. I recommend it. Thank you.

  • Massimiliano Alpigno (Apr 2, 2019)

    Very clear explanation. thank you.

  • Jerome Louvel (Apr 2, 2019)

    Great content, as always! Blew away some misconceptions I had about normalized schemas always being the way to go. Thanks!

  • Frank Arendt-Theilen (Apr 2, 2019)

    Thank you very match for this very helpful introductional course. In my seminars I advice the attendees to take a very close look at the data modelling and your very well explanations confirms me to do so. Thanks's again. Frank

  • Steven Renders (Apr 2, 2019)

    Super interesting course!!!

  • Iretiola Fola-bolumole (Apr 2, 2019)

    Amazing work and step by step guide to the foundation of data modeling. Explaining the model for dealing with multiple dates was easy to understand and crucial for all modelers to understand. Great work again

  • Mary Fealty (Apr 1, 2019)

    Brilliant! I loved getting reassurance of the importance of the data model and star schema in particular. Marco has a great talent of explaining things in a methodical way that cements learning. Thanks

  • Bruno Zurita (Apr 1, 2019)

    this is a nice course video, i learn so much.

  • Abdelkader Gharbi (Apr 1, 2019)

    very useful to get the basics of data modeling

  • Jan Sutkowski (Mar 30, 2019)

    Really good course. Marco is a great teacher, sharing his knowledge in a simple and understandable way for begginer in data modeling.

  • Jose Almeida (Mar 30, 2019)

    Fantastic Training videos. It's unbelievable how we keep doing the same mistakes after all this year when a Star Schema is the answer in most of the cases. The lectures are easy to follow and examples reflect real life problems. Well done.

  • Aysha Hamisi (Mar 30, 2019)

    Very clear and a great format & pace.

  • Daniel Lázaro (Mar 29, 2019)

    Great course. Grazie mille!

  • Ruben Perez (Mar 29, 2019)

    Very good quality and content!

  • Micah Kline (Mar 28, 2019)

    Very informative. I was struggling with a few concepts but this has allowed me to see how I needed to approach the problems I was having from a different angle. THANKS!!!

  • jorge luna (Mar 28, 2019)

    well done more advanced than expected

  • Brendan Togher (Mar 28, 2019)

    Always good to touch base with SQLBI, it makes you realise simplicity is the key to creating something good. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm.

  • Stefan Uzunov (Mar 28, 2019)

    Professional and well presented. Good definition and clarification of the example problems. Highly recommended for beginners as it provides a very good base for a data modeling analysis. Thank you

  • Lucas Silva (Mar 28, 2019)

    Very Good!

  • Rolando Temporale (Mar 27, 2019)

    Despite I've been already working with data models in power pivot and power bi, this course is very good to refresh and learn essential concepts to work better in data analysis. Thank you Marco & Alberto for share this useful material.

  • Musa Momodu (Mar 27, 2019)

    Straight to the point and an eye-opener. Thanks to the best DAX teachers in the universe. ----Musa Momodu (Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Imran Naseem (Mar 27, 2019)

    Fantastic Course as always