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Power BI: data visualization and business intelligence tool

By Abhishek Singh / April 12, 2019

April 28, 2020
Power BI: data visualization and business intelligence tool
According to Microsoft “Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization, or embed them in your app or website. Connect to hundreds of data sources and bring your data to life with live dashboards and reports.”

Power BI is a Data Visualization and Business Intelligence tool. It help you to create interactive dashboards and BI reports using different data sources like various databases, files/folder and online services etc.

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to a set of processes, architectures, and technologies that convert raw data into meaningful information in the form of graphical visualization like reports, summaries, dashboards, maps, graphs, KPI and charts that help an organizations to take strategical, tactical and operational business actions.

Benefits of Microsoft Power BI 

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics platform that provide users the ability to create insightful reports & dashboards. Here is the list of key benefits of power BI for businesses.

Minimal Upfront Cost

Power BI is a subscription based service that does not require buying licenses, support, etc.  The desktop version (Power BI Desktop) is free for all users.  Although the cost of Power BI pro version is $9.99 per user per month, you can also use the trial version of power BI pro for 60 days.  In fact, NAV customers can also access the free version of Power BI where they can subscribe and build their own reports and dashboards.

Access your data anywhere any time

Power BI gives you the ability to access your data on the go with native power BI mobile app. Power BI native app is available for iOS, windows and android platforms.  By accessing your data anywhere anytime and using live interactive dashboards and reports, you can effectively monitor the health of your business.

Get data from multiple data sources

With the help of Power BI you can connect 70+ data sources like SQL Server, Azure DB, SharePoint, Excel and Online services then you can consolidate data into a dataset. By using this dataset, you can create interactive dashboard and reports.

Data Refresh

Getting the latest data is most important for organizations to take profitable business actions. The Power BI pro version has the capability to schedule data refresh on daily or hourly basis. Currently in Power BI pro, we can setup eight time slots for data refresh.

Power BI Embedding

Power BI embedding is all about integrating fully interactive Power BI visuals (dashboard, reports, tiles) in our custom applications by using power BI REST and JavaScript API. Dashboards can be embedded in any system that allows an iframe.

Q&A

Q&A is a natural language query tool that allow you to ask a question about your data and have the results in the form of graphs and charts. Currently, The Q&A feature only support the English language for any query related to your data. This Q&A feature is only available in pro and premium license of Power BI.

Provide Quick Insights

This feature of power BI automatically creates insights by using machine learning algorithms that will determine the best insights to generate through the subset of data.

Cortana integration 

Cortana (Microsoft's digital assistant) in Power BI uses Q&A feature for asking verbally query related to your data. Cortana is more popular on mobile devices for Q&A.Finally, Microsoft Power BI helps business analyst in extracting data from various data sources, data set creation,  transforming and manipulating  data,  and use the data for creating interactive visuals. 

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According to Microsoft “Power BI is a business analytics solution that lets you visualize your data and share insights across your organization, or embed them in your app or website. Connect to hundreds of data sources and bring your data to life with live dashboards and reports.”

Power BI is a Data Visualization and Business Intelligence tool. It help you to create interactive dashboards and BI reports using different data sources like various databases, files/folder and online services etc.

Business Intelligence (BI) refers to a set of processes, architectures, and technologies that convert raw data into meaningful information in the form of graphical visualization like reports, summaries, dashboards, maps, graphs, KPI and charts that help an organizations to take strategical, tactical and operational business actions.

Benefits of Microsoft Power BI 

Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics platform that provide users the ability to create insightful reports & dashboards. Here is the list of key benefits of power BI for businesses.

Minimal Upfront Cost

Power BI is a subscription based service that does not require buying licenses, support, etc.  The desktop version (Power BI Desktop) is free for all users.  Although the cost of Power BI pro version is $9.99 per user per month, you can also use the trial version of power BI pro for 60 days.  In fact, NAV customers can also access the free version of Power BI where they can subscribe and build their own reports and dashboards.

Access your data anywhere any time

Power BI gives you the ability to access your data on the go with native power BI mobile app. Power BI native app is available for iOS, windows and android platforms.  By accessing your data anywhere anytime and using live interactive dashboards and reports, you can effectively monitor the health of your business.

Get data from multiple data sources

With the help of Power BI you can connect 70+ data sources like SQL Server, Azure DB, SharePoint, Excel and Online services then you can consolidate data into a dataset. By using this dataset, you can create interactive dashboard and reports.

Data Refresh

Getting the latest data is most important for organizations to take profitable business actions. The Power BI pro version has the capability to schedule data refresh on daily or hourly basis. Currently in Power BI pro, we can setup eight time slots for data refresh.

Power BI Embedding

Power BI embedding is all about integrating fully interactive Power BI visuals (dashboard, reports, tiles) in our custom applications by using power BI REST and JavaScript API. Dashboards can be embedded in any system that allows an iframe.

Q&A

Q&A is a natural language query tool that allow you to ask a question about your data and have the results in the form of graphs and charts. Currently, The Q&A feature only support the English language for any query related to your data. This Q&A feature is only available in pro and premium license of Power BI.

Provide Quick Insights

This feature of power BI automatically creates insights by using machine learning algorithms that will determine the best insights to generate through the subset of data.

Cortana integration 

Cortana (Microsoft’s digital assistant) in Power BI uses Q&A feature for asking verbally query related to your data. Cortana is more popular on mobile devices for Q&A.Finally, Microsoft Power BI helps business analyst in extracting data from various data sources, data set creation,  transforming and manipulating  data,  and use the data for creating interactive visuals. 

Microsoft Power platform consulting

Do you want to transform your critical business data into interactive Dashboards and report? Our highly skilled Power BI experts will create a business intelligence road-map to achieving your business goals.