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Excel Power Pivot and Power Query for Dummies

A guide to PowerPivot and Power Query no data cruncher should be without! Want to familiarize yourself with the rich set of Microsoft Excel tools and reporting capabilities available from PowerPivot and Power Query? Look no further! Excel PowerPivot & Power Query For Dummies shows you how this powerful new set of tools can be leveraged to more effectively source and incorporate 'big data' Business Intelligence and Dashboard reports. You'll discover how PowerPivot and Power Query not only allow you to save time and simplify your processes, but also enable you to substantially enhance your data analysis and reporting capabilities. Gone are the days of relatively small amounts of data?today's data environment demands more from business analysts than ever before. Now, with the help of this friendly, hands-on guide, you'll learn to use PowerPivot and Power Query to expand your skill-set from the one-dimensional spreadsheet to new territories, like relational databases, data integration, and multi-dimensional reporting. Demonstrates how Power Query is used to discover, connect to, and import your data Shows you how to use PowerPivot to model data once it's been imported Offers guidance on using these tools to make analyzing data easier Written by a Microsoft MVP in the lighthearted, fun style you've come to expect from the For Dummies brand If you spend your days analyzing data, Excel PowerPivot & Power Query For Dummies will get you up and running with the rich set of Excel tools and reporting capabilities that will make your life?and work?easier.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Supercharged Reporting with Power Pivot 7 Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Database 9 Chapter 2: Introducing Power Pivot 19 Chapter 3: The Pivotal Pivot Table 33 Chapter 4: Using External Data with Power Pivot 67 Chapter 5: Working Directly with the Internal Data Model 93 Chapter 6: Adding Formulas to Power Pivot 107 Chapter 7: Publishing Power Pivot to SharePoint 125 Part II: Wrangling Data with Power Query 135 Chapter 8: Introducing Power Query 137 Chapter 9: Power Query Connection Types 155 Chapter 10: Transforming Your Way to Better Data 171 Chapter 11: Making Queries Work Together 201 Chapter 12: Extending Power Query with Custom Functions 215 Part III: The Part of Tens 233 Chapter 13: Ten Ways to Improve Power Pivot Performance 235 Chapter 14: Ten Tips for Working with Power Query 243 Index 255

About the Author

Michael Alexander is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer and a Microsoft MVP. He has written numerous books on advanced business analysis with Microsoft Access and Excel. His tutorial website,, provides tips on Excel and Access for the Microsoft Office community.

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