Microsoft Power BI: What is it and it’s Capabilities

What is Power BI?

How are you visualising your data and sharing insights? Can you communicate this valuable information and data points to your clients and prospects?

Power BI is an essential tool for your business.

As a business analytics solution it enables you to visualise your data and share insights across your organisation. It is also a simple process to embed them in your app or website. Power BI gives you the power to connect to hundreds of data sources and bring your data to life with live dashboards and reports.

So, what can Power BI do?

  • You can go from data to insights in minutes with Power BI Desktop.
  • Connect to hundreds of data sources on premises and in the cloud.
  • Use Power Query to simplify data ingestion, transformation, integration and enrichment.
  • Create reports using built-in visuals or create your own custom visuals.

Capabilities: Making Power BI an essential for your business

The capabilities of Power BI make it an integral tool for your business.


Here’s why:
1. Connect self-service and enterprise analytics

Power BI enables you to unify both your self-service and enterprise data analytics needs on a single platform. You now have the power to access powerful semantic models, have access to an application lifecycle management (ALM) toolkit, and an open connectivity framework, as well as being able to generate fixed-layout, pixel-perfect paginated reports.

2. Accelerate big data preparation with Azure

When dealing with large volumes of data, simplification is a must.

By using a no-limits Azure data lake, you can dramatically reduce the time it takes to get insights and quickly increase collaboration between business analysts, data engineers and data scientists.

3. Access industry-leading AI

Do you need answers fast? There’s no time to waste when it comes to pulling insights from your data. Power BI is your perfect data partner, enabling you to take advantage of the latest advances in Microsoft AI.

What this means for your organisation is that the power of data is available to anyone. Non-data scientists can prepare data, build machine learning models, and find insights from both structured and unstructured data. This includes both text and images.

4. Enjoy unparalleled Excel integration

Is Excel an essential in your organisation? Power BI works with and slots into your existing ways of working. This means that anyone who’s familiar with Office 365 can easily connect Excel queries, data models and reports to Power BI Dashboards. And the benefit? You can quickly gather, analyse, publish and share Excel business data in new and innovative ways.

5. Act on invaluable business insights

Journey simply from data to insights, and from insights to action with Microsoft Power Platform. The combination of Power BI, with Power Apps and Power Automate enables you to easily build business applications and efficiently automate workflows.

Stream analytics in real time

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Desktop

Rich interactive reports are simple, with visual analytics at the push of a button.

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Mobile

Get insights anywhere. Mobile business intelligence ensures you can access your data wherever your business takes you.

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Report Server

Access on-premises reporting solution for today, with the flexibility to move to the cloud on your own terms.

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