Microsoft Power BI

Currently starring center-stage in Microsoft's Self Service Business Intelligence arena, Power BI has some amazing capabilities.  But it still takes someone who is data-centric and creative to makes it's capabilities useful for your organization.  The power it can bring to a data analyst is impressive and getting started has a low learning curve.  Check it out today!  But please make sure you understand the full data and reporting life cycle before getting to far down the road.  That is important.

Power BI is currently the showcase of the Microsoft Self Service Business Intelligence offerings.  

 

It allows users, without IT assistance, to :

  • import data from a wide variety of data sources

  • build data models, relating the imported data

  • create stunning visuals to assist with digesting the imported data

 

Power BI is designed as an end-user friendly, MS Office type of application. It combines the functionality of the various Microsoft Excel Add-ins, all in one place.

 

  • Power Pivot

  • Power Query

  • Power Map

  • Power View

 

Power BI currently comes in 2 flavors:

 

  • Power BI Desktop (on premise)

  • Power BI Service   (cloud)

 

The Power BI Service allows your to share your dashboards and visuals.  But that requires you to upload your data to Microsoft's cloud, Azure.

 

If you do have reservations about putting your data in the cloud, Power BI Desktop is the choice.  But there is no way to easily share your visuals.

 

Either version requires the user to be somewhat 'data savvy'.

 

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