Monitor your business powerfully with the Power BI suite of business intelligence tools and get quick answers through rich Data Visualization with excellent dashboards.
The world of Business Intelligence has been simplified with an easy and quick business intelligence tool for effective Data Visualization – the Power BI. This Business Analytics service by Microsoft brings together raw data from various sources like a simple spreadsheet on a desktop to a cloud-based data. Simple, fast, robust and enterprise grade, it can be used by non-technical people to visually analyze and share data due to its versatility and minimum training. And this deems it ready for extensive modelling, real time analytics and custom development.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Power BI has been topping Gartner’s magic quadrant leadership list year after year from the past 12 years.
This Business Analytics service consists of a Windows desktop application called Power BI Desktop, an online SaaS software service called the Power BI service, and Power BI mobile apps for Windows, iOS, as well as android devices for effective Data Visualization.
The three elements – Power BI Desktop, the service, and mobile apps – are designed so that people can create as well as share business insights for better decision making. And there is the fourth element too. It’s called the Power BI Report Server. It allows you to publish Power BI reports to an on-premises report server, after they have been created in Power BI Desktop.
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Sounds like a winner doesn’t it?
As a whole, the business intelligence tool amazingly helps you connect various sources of data, clean it up and transform it into a data model for clear Data Visualization (graphs, charts etc.) And share it with other users within your organization.
Its advantages include:
But how you use each element of Power BI may depend on what is your role within a team or a project at a given point in time. For example, you may be using the Power BI service. But a business report creator within your enterprise who does a lot of number crunching might be using Power BI Desktop extensively to create reports, then publish those reports to the Power BI service, where you can view them. Similarly, another associate, in sales, may require using the Power BI phone app to monitor progress on sales quotas, and to fill in new sales lead details. Developers also use Power BI APIs to push data into datasets or to embed dashboards and reports into their custom applications.
And all this in 2 simple steps to make your life much easier.
However, it would be unfair if we let you off without giving you the complete picture. The Power BI has a few down slides.
But despite of the above, Power BI is a powerful business intelligence tool and is here to stay in the world of Data Visualization. It is this Business Analytics service by Microsoft in the world of Business Intelligence that has helped us connect seamlessly to hundreds of data sources and infuse life in our data through appealing dashboards and comprehensive reports.