Power Query: easy to use by anyone?

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August 1, 2023 by
Power Query: easy to use by anyone?
Solutions EXIA inc., Benoit Girard

The 5 main difficulties of Power Query 

Using Power Query in Power BI can be really complicated for a number of reasons, the 5 most common of which are listed below:

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1. Syntax and logic (is this really your job?)

Power Query uses a specific programming language (M), which can be difficult to understand for users unfamiliar with programming. The syntax and logic of this language can take time to learn and master.

2. Learning a new skill comes at a price...

The use of Power Query requires specific training and expertise. For users who have never worked with Power Query before, it can be a significant challenge to learn a new skill.

3. Complexity of data transformations

Data transformations in Power Query can be complicated and difficult to understand or implement, especially if you're working with complex data or multiple data sources. The combination of several transformation steps can be difficult to follow and, above all, to debug.

4. Data source dependency (source of errors?)

Data transformations in Power Query are often closely linked to data sources. If a data source is modified, or if a data transformation is not properly managed, this can lead to errors and unexpected results. It can quickly become complicated to ensure the longevity of your solution, as well as losing confidence in the results obtained. That's why it's important not to underestimate the complexity of Power Query. 

However, it remains a very powerful and useful tool for data preparation in Power BI. But this requires advanced programming skills..

5. Technical limits

Power Query can be limited by computer performance, IT infrastructure or the amount of data used. Complex data transformations can be very resource-intensive, slowing down the process considerably.

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Swift Finance is a turnkey ready-to-use solution that requires no special technical knowledge. Unlike Power Query in Power BI, which requires specific training and expertise to be used optimally, Swift Finance is easy to use and intuitive.   So you can focus on your core business (analyzing your information), rather than investing precious time in learning a new, specialized technical skill.

You focus your energy on doing what brings the most value to your business, in less time and without headaches.

  • Create budget forecasts in just a few clicks. Yes, it's possible! (with Swift Finance).
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  • Keep your historical data even in the event of an ERP migration (you can continue to make comparisons without any manual handling).

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Power Query: easy to use by anyone?
Solutions EXIA inc., Benoit Girard August 1, 2023
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