Choose a Power BI model framework

Data Analyst
Power BI

Describe model frameworks, their benefits and limitations, and features to help optimize your Power BI data models.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe Power BI model fundamentals.
  • Determine when to develop an import model.
  • Determine when to develop a DirectQuery model.
  • Determine when to develop a composite model.
  • Choose an appropriate Power BI model framework.


  • Experience developing Power BI data models, reports, and dashboards.