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    PowerQuery

    I don't know if this is appropriate for here but does anyone have any experience with PowerQuery.
    I would like to connect to a SQL database and build reports. I dont know SQL language so maybe PowerQuery might help.

    I would like to be able to directly build the report or extract right in excel so I can automate certain processes. Rather than using a secondary system to extract the data..manipulate it and then paste it into excel

    Is powerquery the way to go? Any comments would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    Re: PowerQuery

    PowerQuery in combination with PowerPivot can handle most reporting needs and will be able to connect most db out there.

    If you need more custom visuals, publish report to secure web etc... then you may want to look into PowerBI (Pro subscription, but you can start with free Desktop application).
    It uses same query engine as PowerQuery and PowerPivot (with some additional features as R/Python integration, visual customization etc).

    With PowerQuery, you can bring in SQL table as is with relationship column(s)/tables and transform it using GUI and M query language.
    However, I'd recommend learning basics of SQL query, for performance reasons.

    Some links for learning basics:
    https://support.office.com/en-us/art...7-d3da689091b5
    https://radacad.com/tutorial-introdu...to-power-query
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