The 6 Best DAX Books on Our Reading List for 2021

The 6 Best DAX Books on Our Reading List for 2021

Our editors have compiled this directory of the best DAX books based on Amazon user reviews, rating, and ability to add business value.

There are loads of free resources available online (such as Solutions Review’s Data Analytics Software Buyer’s Guidevisual comparison matrix, and best practices section) and those are great, but sometimes it’s best to do things the old fashioned way. There are few resources that can match the in-depth, comprehensive detail of one of the best DAX books.

The editors at Solutions Review have done much of the work for you, curating this directory of the best DAX books on Amazon. Titles have been selected based on the total number and quality of reader user reviews and ability to add business value. Each of the books listed in this compilation meets a minimum criteria of 100 reviews and a 4-star-or-better ranking.

Below you will find a library of titles from recognized industry analysts, experienced practitioners, and subject matter experts spanning the depths of Data Analysis Expressions, Excel, and Power BI. This compilation includes publications for practitioners of all skill levels.

Note: Titles with recently published new editions will be included if the previous edition met our review and ranking criteria.

Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User’s Guide to Dax, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016

Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User's Guide to Dax, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016“This book gives you an overview of Power BI, Power Pivot and Power Query, and then dives into DAX formulas, the core capability of Power Pivot. Always from the perspective of the Excel audience. Written by the world’s foremost Power BI bloggers and practitioners, the book’s concepts and approach are introduced in a simple, step-by-step manner tailored to the learning style of Excel users everywhere. The techniques presented allow users to produce, in hours or even minutes, results that formerly would have taken entire teams weeks or months to produce.”

The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business Intelligence for Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Excel

The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business Intelligence for Microsoft Power BI, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Excel“Now expanded and updated with modern best practices, this is the most complete guide to Microsoft’s DAX language for business intelligence, data modeling, and analytics. Expert Microsoft BI consultants Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari help you master everything from table functions through advanced code and model optimization. You’ll learn exactly what happens under the hood when you run a DAX expression, and use this knowledge to write fast, robust code. This edition focuses on examples you can build and run with the free Power BI Desktop, and helps you make the most of the powerful syntax of variables (VAR) in Power BI, Excel, or Analysis Services.”

DAX Patterns, Second Edition

DAX Patterns, Second Edition“This book is the second edition of the most comprehensive collection of ready-to-use solutions in DAX, that you can use in Microsoft Power BI, Analysis Services Tabular, and Power Pivot for Excel.The book includes the following patterns: Time-related calculations, Standard time-related calculations, Month-related calculations, Week-related calculations, Custom time-related calculations, Comparing different time periods, Semi-additive calculations, Cumulative total, Parameter table, Static segmentation, Dynamic segmentation, ABC classification, New and returning customers, Related distinct count, Events in progress, Ranking, Hierarchies, Parent-child hierarchies, Like-for-like comparison, Transition matrix, Survey, Basket analysis, Currency conversion, Budget.”

Supercharge Power BI: Power BI Is Better When You Learn to Write DAX

Supercharge Power BI: Power BI Is Better When You Learn to Write DAX“Power BI is a self-service (and enterprise) Business Intelligence (BI) tool that facilitates data acquisition, modeling, and visualization—and the skills needed to succeed with Power BI are fully transferable to Microsoft Excel. There are three learning areas required to master everything Power BI Desktop has to offer: The M Language, The DAX Language, and analysis. Super Charge Power BI clearly explains the necessary concepts while at the same time giving hands-on practice to engage the reader and help new knowledge stick.”

DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: A Simple Guide to the Excel Revolution

DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: A Simple Guide to the Excel Revolution“Microsoft’s Power Pivot is an add-on to Excel that enables you to produce new kinds of reports and analyses that were simply impossible before. This book is the first to tackle DAX formulas, the core capability of Power Pivot, from the perspective of the Excel audience. Written by a leading Power Pivot educator (and former leader on the Power Pivot and Excel teams at Microsoft), the book’s concepts and approach are introduced in a simple, step-by-step manner tailored to the learning style of Excel users everywhere.”

Supercharge Excel: When you learn to Write DAX for Power Pivot

Supercharge Excel: When you learn to Write DAX for Power Pivot“Data analysis expressions (DAX) is the formula language of Power Pivot. Learning the DAX language is key to empower Excel users so they can take advantage of these new Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities. This volume clearly explains the concepts of Power Pivot while at the same time offering hands-on practice to engage the reader and help new knowledge stick. This second edition has been updated for the Excel 2016 user interface while still providing a bridge for readers wanting to learn DAX in the Excel environment and then transfer their new DAX skills across to Power BI.”

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