Written By Rick de Groot

Rick is the founder of BI Gorilla. He believes learning is one of life's greatest pleasures and shares his knowledge to help you improve your skills.

Best Resources to Learn Power BI

In this article, you’ll find the best Power BI learning resources to master Power Query, DAX, and Power BI as a whole. I’ve done the legwork and handpicked the best resources out there, so you don’t have to waste time searching.

Whether you’re looking for free content or want to invest in a book, this guide has it all. At the end of the post, you can also find my favourite LinkedIn voices to follow. So, buckle your seatbelts and get ready for the ride because this guide is going to be your go-to for mastering Power BI.

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Power Query Resources

Alright, so you’re ready to learn Power Query? That’s great! Power Query is a useful tool that allows you to clean, transform, and shape your data before you start analyzing it in Power BI.

In this section, we’re going to take a look at the best Power Query resources out there. We’ll go over some of the top books, blogs, and YouTube channels that can help you master Power Query. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user, these resources will give you the tips and tricks you need to work with your data like a pro.

The language behind Power Query is called M, short for Power Query M Formula language. Whereas it is increasing in popularity, it is not as popular as DAX, and therefore, there is less content on it.

Power Query: Books

Books are a great way to get a deeper understanding of a topic, and in this section, we’re gonna take a look at the top 5 books on Power Query.

Now, you might be thinking that Power Query is a relatively new tool and there are not many books available, but don’t worry. These 5 books are packed with valuable information and tips that will help you master Power Query. From beginner to advanced techniques, these books cover it all.

So, get ready to take a good look at the best Power Query books available on the market!

Rick de Groot, Greg Deckler, Melissa de KorteDefinitive Guide to Power Query M
Gil RavivCollect, Combine & Transform Data Using Power Query
M Escobar, K PulsMaster Your Data with Power Query in Excel & Power BI
Andrea JanicijevicPower Query Cookbook
Adam AspinData Mashup with Microsoft Excel Using Power Query
M Escobar, K PulsM is for Data Monkey (release 2015)

The first entry is the first Power Query M book I’m an author of. It’s not released yet, but we’re working on it. You can already pre-order it though! Stay tuned, it’s going to be awesome.

Power Query: Blogs and YouTube Channels

One of the best ways to learn is by following experts in the field. In this section, we’re gonna take a look at some of the top Power Query bloggers and YouTubers out there.

I’ve compiled a list of creators and their blogs and YouTube channels, along with their LinkedIn profiles and links to their websites so you can easily check them out. These creators are experts in the field, and they share their knowledge, tips, and tricks in a way that’s easy to understand and follow.

So, whether you’re looking for beginner or advanced techniques, these blogs and YouTube channels have it all. And what’s really awesome is that these are available for free. They are the best free Power Query M resources currently available.

So, get ready for some learning and let’s dive into the best Power Query blogs and YouTube channels out there!

πŸ”— LinkedIn profile | 🌐 Blog | ▢️ YouTube Channel

πŸ”—Rick de GrootBI GorillaπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Rick de GrootPowerquery.how🌐
πŸ”—Chandeep ChabraGoodlyπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Mynda TreacyMy Online Training HubπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Ken PulsExcelguruπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Sam McKay, πŸ”—Brian JuliusEnterprise DNAπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Ruth PozueloCurbalπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Jon AcamporaExcel CampusπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Miguel EscobarThe Power UserπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Purna DuggiralaChandooπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Marc ProctorExcel Off The GridπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Leila GharaniXelPlusπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Oz du SoleilExcel On FireπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Kresimir LedinskiExceed LearningπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Wyn HopkinsAccess AnalyticπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—John MacDougallHow To ExcelπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Antriksh SharmaAntMan BIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—James AndrewMatador Software▢️
πŸ”—Lars SchreiberThe Self-Service BI Blog🌐
πŸ”—Imke FeldmanThe BIccountant🌐
πŸ”—Tim Heng, πŸ”—Liam BastickSum Product🌐
πŸ”—Ben GribaudoPower Query M Primer🌐
πŸ”—Chris WebbCrossjoin🌐
πŸ”—Soheil BakhshiBI Insight🌐
πŸ”—Gilbert QuevauvilliersFourmoo🌐
πŸ”—Gil RavivData Chant🌐
πŸ”—Erik SvensenErik Svensen🌐
πŸ”—Ed HansberryEhansalytics🌐
πŸ”—Maxim ZelenskyExcel Inside🌐
πŸ”—JiΕ™Γ­ BeranExcel Town🌐
πŸ”—Cameron WallaceDingbat Data🌐
πŸ”—Sumit BansalTrump Excel▢️
πŸ”—Mike GirvinExcel Is Fun▢️
πŸ”—Alejandra HorvathAlejandra Horvath▢️
πŸ”—Bhavya GuptaBhavya Gupta▢️
πŸ”—Igor CotrutaQueryPower🌐
πŸ”—Miss MicrosoftMiss Microsoft▢️

DAX Resources

So you’re ready to take your DAX skills to the next level? Fantastic. DAX stands for Data Analysis Expressions, it’s a formula language that you can use to create calculations and queries in Power BI.

DAX is a powerful language that allows you to create complex calculations and analyze your data in ways you may have only dreamt of before. The language may not feel intuitive at first.

Many users struggle in the beginning because the language is hard to grasp without theory. For that reason, you may find yourself looking for quality resources to learn DAX online. Well, this section has got you covered!

DAX: Books

Mastering DAX requires experience, but to get started, I recommend reading the theory of different concepts in DAX. Below, you can find the best books on DAX that will provide you with structured content to take you from beginner to advanced DAX programmer.

Marco Russo, Alberto FerrariThe Definitive Guide to DAX 2nd Edition
Marco Russo, Alberto FerrariDAX Patterns
Matt AllingtonSupercharge Power BI
Avi Singh, Rob ColliePower Pivot and Power BI
Philip SeamarkBeginning DAX with Power BI
Philip Seamark, Thomas MartensPro DAX with Power BI
Michiel Rozema, Henk VlootmanExtreme DAX

DAX: Blogs and YouTube Channels

Below blogs and YouTube channels are the best places to learn DAX for free. Power BI revolves around more than DAX, so naturally, some of these channels may cover other topics too. But more importantly, they have a lot of resources for learning DAX.

πŸ”— LinkedIn profile | 🌐 Blog | ▢️ YouTube Channel

πŸ”—Rick de GrootBI GorillaπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Marco Russo,πŸ”—Alberto FerrariSQLBIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Sam McKay,πŸ”—Brian JuliusEnterprise DNAπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Ruth PozueloCurbalπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Reid HavensHavens ConsultingπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Parvinder ChanaPeryTUSπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Leila GharaniXelPlusπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Parker StevensBI EliteπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Antriksh SharmaAntMan BIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Alice DrummondDiscoverEIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Wise Owl TutorialsWise Owl TutorialsπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Matt AllingtonExcelerator BI🌐
πŸ”—Jeffrey WangPBIDAX🌐
πŸ”—Bernat AgullΓ³ RosellΓ³Esbrina🌐
πŸ”—Amal Ben RebaiAmal Ben Rebai🌐
πŸ”—Mark WalterStory BI🌐
πŸ”—Phil SeamarkDax.tips🌐
πŸ”—Benoit FeditDatakuity🌐
πŸ”—Daniil MaslyukXXL BI🌐
πŸ”—Atefeh NakisaAtefeh BI🌐
πŸ”—Jihwan KimJihwan Kim🌐
πŸ”—Chris BarberStarschema🌐
πŸ”—Annie ShahidScient Solutions🌐
πŸ”—Bas DohmenHow to Power BI▢️
πŸ”—Greg DecklerMS Hates Greg▢️
πŸ”—Raja AyubThe Power BI Guy▢️
πŸ”—Fernan EspejoSolutions Abroad▢️

Power BI Resources

Besides DAX and M, Power BI has a lot of other aspects to work with. You can think of Visualizations, Data Modeling, and External tools. But also how to work with the Power BI Service and the Power BI Admin portal.

Give yourself a head start and learn power bi from scratch with the quality content shared below.

Power BI: Books

The following table contains some of the best books to learn Power BI. They are my favourites with regard to Power BI topics outside of DAX and M.

Soheil BakhshiExpert Data Modeling with Power BI
Greg Deckler, Brett PowellMastering Microsoft Power BI
Greg Deckler, Brett PowellMicrosoft Power BI Cookbook 2nd Edition
Greg DecklerLearn Power BI
M Russo, A FerrariAnalyzing Data with Power BI & Power Pivot
Soheil BakhshiExpert Data Modeling with Power BI
D Knight, M PearsonMicrosoft Power BI Quick Start Guide
Bhavik MerchantMS Power BI Performance Best Practice
Ralph KimballThe Data Warehouse Toolkit
Christopher AdamsonStar Schema
Luca ZavarellaExtending Power BI with Python and R 2nd Edition
Mary-Jo DiepeveenArtificial Intelligence with Power BI
Cole Nussbaumer KnaflicStorytelling with Data

Power BI: Blogs and YouTube Channels

It’s astonishing to find there is so much content available to learn Power BI for free, whether you prefer to learn Power BI from the best YouTube Channels or prefer to read articles on Power BI blogs.

I have found below to be the best blogs and YouTube Channels to learn Power BI. They’re particularly helpful in grasping a wide variety of topics.

πŸ”— LinkedIn profile | 🌐 Blog | ▢️ YouTube Channel

πŸ”—Adam Saxton,πŸ”—Patrick LeBlancGuy in a CubeπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Mike Carlo,πŸ”—Seth BauerPowerBI.TipsπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Reza Rad, πŸ”—Leila EtaatiRadacadπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Mara PereiraData PearsπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Parvander ChanaPeryTUSπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Nikola IlicData MozartπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Laura Graham-BrownHat Full Of DataπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Carlos BarbozaSpilled GraphicsπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Fowmy AbdulmuttalibExcel FortπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Johnny WinterGreySkull AnalyticsπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Paul TurleySQL Server BIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Kerry Kolosko Kerry Kolosko πŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Melissa CoatesCoates Data StrategiesπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Alice DrummondDiscoverEIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Christopher WagnerKratos BIπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Ben FerryPower BI GuyπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Oscar MartΓ­nez ValeroBibbπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
βšͺPragmatic WorksPragmatic WorksπŸŒβ–ΆοΈ
πŸ”—Marc LelijveldData Marc🌐
πŸ”—Sam FischerApex Insights🌐
πŸ”—Kurt BuhlerData Goblins🌐
πŸ”—Meagan LongoriaData Savvy🌐
πŸ”—Teo LachevPrologica🌐
πŸ”—Rob CollieP3Adaptive🌐
πŸ”—Marcus WegenerThink BI🌐
πŸ”—Just BlindbΓ¦kJustB Smart🌐
πŸ”—Warren DeanData Tale🌐
πŸ”—Martin RojzeData Martin🌐
πŸ”—Sue BayesData Bayes🌐
πŸ”—Ed HansberryEhansalytics🌐
βšͺWallStreet MojoWallstreet Mojo🌐
πŸ”—Bas DohmenHow to Power BI▢️
πŸ”—Alex FrebergAlex the Analyst▢️
πŸ”—Ben HowardBen Howard▢️
πŸ”—Avi SinghPower BI Pro▢️
πŸ”—Rahim Zulfiqar AliExcel Basement▢️
πŸ”—Mohammed AdnanTaik18▢️

So far, we have seen a lot of different Youtube Channels and blogs. However, some important sources of information that are still missing are the voices that share on LinkedIn.

Linkedin Voices

A lot of really good content appears through LinkedIn. And a lot of the LinkedIn voices don’t have their own blog. Below, you find a selection of people who share valuable content through Linkedin. Make sure to follow them!

πŸ”— Helen WallπŸ”— Brian JuliusπŸ”— Ε tΔ›pΓ‘n ReΕ‘l
πŸ”— Rick de GrootπŸ”— Alex PowersπŸ”— Gerard Duggan
πŸ”— Mathias HalkjΓ¦r PetersenπŸ”— Kathrin BorchertπŸ”— Jocelyn Rivera
πŸ”— Excel BI / Vijay A. VermaπŸ”— Owen PriceπŸ”— Injae Park
πŸ”— Arno WakferπŸ”— James AndrewπŸ”— Marcus Wegener
πŸ”— Nikola IlicπŸ”— Kavita BeheraπŸ”— Greg Philips
πŸ”— Steve CampbellπŸ”— Melissa de KorteπŸ”— Pascal Kiefer
πŸ”— Matthias FriedmanπŸ”— Gustaw Dudek


And that rounds up my best training resources for Power BI. As this article showed, there is an enormous amount of content available, and it can be overwhelming. My advice would be to pick a topic you want to improve on and have a look at which of the authors appeals to you.

You can pick and choose whether you prefer written content online or in book form. Perhaps you prefer videos. And if neither of these fits your needs, you could always look into purchasing a structured paid course. Whatever your preference, I hope this article sent you in the right direction.

Did I miss an important resource? Let me know in the comments so we can keep this page up to date.

Happy learning!

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  1. O Canal “Power BI na Real” pode ser uma excelente fonte de conhecimento sobre o Power BI para a comunidade brasileira, e sua inclusΓ£o pode ser valiosa para aqueles que procuram aprender mais sobre essa ferramenta de anΓ‘lise de dados.

  2. Thanks Rick. A very comprehensive list of resources. The challenge as you say, is it can be overwhelming for beginners in terms of resources

    • That’s very true. Just take a few you like, and get started πŸ™‚ you’ll find some you like and can stick to those. It’s nearly impossible to read all.



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