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What is Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a business intelligence platform that offers non-technical business users with the tools to aggregate analyzing, visualizing, and sharing information. The user interface of Power BI is a bit intuitive for those who are familiar to Excel as well as its connectivity with the other Microsoft products is a flexible self-service tool that needs minimal initial Power BI Training.

A Free version that is free of Power BI is intended for small - to mid-sized business owners A professional version, dubbed Power BI Plus is available for a monthly cost. The users can download an application that runs on Windows 10, named Power BI Desktop, and native mobile applications available for Windows, Android and iOS devices. Additionally, there is Power BI Report Server for organizations that require to store their reports and data in their own premises. This version of Power BI requires a special version of the desktop application named Power BI Desktop for Power BI Report Server.

Common uses for Power BI are common uses of
Microsoft Power BI is used to discover insights in the company's data. Power BI helps connect diverse data sets, transform and cleanse information into a model, and then create graphs or charts to give visual representations of the data. This can be made available to any other Power BI users within the organisation.

The models of data created by Power BI could be utilized to help organizations in many ways that include telling stories using charts and visualizations of data as well as analyzing "what is the scenario" scenarios that are contained in the data. Power BI reports are also able to provide answers in real-time and assist in forecasting in order to ensure that departments are meeting the requirements of business metrics.

Power BI can also provide executive dashboards to administrators or managers, providing management with greater insight into how their departments are performing.


The Power BI preview shows the dashboard and reporting capabilities Power BI offers.
Who is using Power BI?
While Power BI is auto-service BI tool that provides analysis of data for employees it's used primarily by business intelligence and data analysts experts who develop the models of data prior to publishing reports across the company. However, anyone without an analytical background are able to use Power BI and make reports.

Microsoft Power BI is used by department reps as well as management. It provides reports and forecasts designed to assist reps from sales and marketing as well as providing information for managers on how the department and individual employees are advancing towards their objectives.

Additionally, Power BI offers an administrator portal to administrators that can assist in setting up the implementation for Power BI, as well as monitoring usage and licensing.

The Power BI features that are most important to Power BI
Microsoft is adding a variety of analytics tools for Power BI since its inception and continues to add more. The most prominent features are:

Artificial Intelligence Users are able to access images and text analytics through Power BI, create machine learning models with automated machine learning capabilities , and connect to Azure Machine Learning.

Hybrid deployment capability This feature comes with built-in connectors which allow Power BI tools to connect to various data sources such as Microsoft, Salesforce and various other vendors.

Quick Insights This feature lets users make subsets from data, and instantly apply analytics to that data.

Support for the common data model PowerBI's support for Common Data Model permits users to utilize a standard and extensible set of data schemas (entities as well as attributes and relations).

Cortana integration The feature is particularly loved by mobile users lets users request data verbally in natural language, and then access the results through Cortana Microsoft's personal assistant.

Customization This feature lets developers alter the appearance of the standard reporting and visualization tools as well as import new ones to the platform.

APIs to integrate This feature gives developers samples of code and performances interfaces ( APIs) to embed the Power BI dashboard into other software applications.

Self-service data preparation Utilizing Power Query business analysts are able to ingestion, transform, integrate and enhance big data in Power BI's web service. The data they have ingested can be distributed across multiple Power BI models, reports and dashboards.

View for modeling This lets users divide complex models of data by subject areas into distinct diagrams, multiselect objects , and define general properties. Users can view as well as edit properties within the pane of properties and define display folders to make it easier to consume of data models with complex structures.

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