Power Pivot Or Power Query?

Avi Singh explains when to use Power Query versus Power Pivot:

On Power BI Desktop, you don’t even have a choice – the only route to connect to data is via the “Get Data/Power Query” interface. Which is A-Okay with me. Even with Excel, I now connect to ANY data using Power Query.

Use Power Query to fill all your Get Data needs

Yes, ANY data. Even if I could connect using Power Pivot to those data sources and did not need any transformation  – I still always use Power Query.

Power Query to get data, Power Pivot to model data.  Avi then gives a few examples of scenarios, explaining where each fits in.

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