What is Microsoft Power BI?
Power BI is a reporting application developed by Microsoft that provides users with the ability to find, visualise and analyse data from different sources on real-time basis to make informed data-driven business decisions.
With Power BI, analysts are able to transform boring company statistics and data into rich visuals allowing stakeholders to focus on what matters most and spot trends instantaneously. As a result, Power BI offers management with the ability to easily monitor and analyse data to effectively allocate resources to appropriate projects.
How does Microsoft Power BI work?
Microsoft Power BI lets users create visually appealing and easy-to-understand reports that can be shared with internal and external teams. The application integrates with a proven Microsoft technologies – powerful Query engine to source data, data modeling and visualitions for crafting stunning interactive reports. Additionally, Power BI allows businesses to share their reports on their websites or embed into custom developed apps. Basically with Microsoft Power BI; organisations can monitor every aspect of their business from a dashboard.
Using Power BI is a simple 4-step process.
Step 1: Get your data
Data Analysts can ‘Get Data’ from different data sources such as cloud data services, on-premises sources, excel spreadsheets, SQL databases and store it in a centralised location for users to start exploring the analytics.
Step 2: Shape and Combine Data to Craft Stories
Power BI provides the ability to ‘Shape’ the data as required without affecting the original data source. Once each type of data is shaped as per the business requirement, they can be ‘combined’ and merged to generate insights based on report criteria. With Power BI, you can generate insight with simple drag-n-drop gestures and save these insights as beautiful, interactive reports.
Step 3: Build Interactive Reports
Once all the data is collected, sorted and merged according to the business requirements; analysts can use Power BI to generate insights with simple drag-n-drop gestures and save them as beautiful and interactive reports.
Step 4: Share with Internal & External Teams
Once the report generation is completed; Power BI can be used to share these reports with internal and external stakeholders providing a holistic view of relevant data required to make informed business decisions.
Advantages of using Microsoft Power BI
Microsoft Power BI allows interactive user-generated data analytics to be easily shared on a collaborative platform; offering better visibility into all relevant data. It helps easily monitor and analyse data from different sources to make data-focused decisions.
Contrary to other reporting systems; Power BI offers the perfect balance of performance and ease of use. Some of the high-level advantages of by Power BI are:
- Allows analysts to visualise and publish data analysis reports without any IT intervention
- Allows users to leverage geo-map visualisations empowered by Bing Maps
- Provides management access to all relevant data in one place for easy analysis.
- Promotes effective decision making
- Facilitates customer segmentation based on business criteria
- Helps identify sales opportunities, track sales pipeline, improve sales forecasts and ultimately close more deals.
- Offers a collaborative environment for teams to analyse data
- React and respond to changing circumstances and trends.
Power BI has been making waves in many industries and helping users track and analyse their data efficiently. In fact, this solution helps organisations reduce risks and unlock insights to drive informed decision making. Irrespective of the department you are in, Power BI has at least one benefit to offer.
Empower IT can help you connect your existing systems with setting up and implementation of Microsoft Power BI. Our team of experienced consultants will firstly team up with you to understand your business requirements; integrate all your internal systems with Power BI and finally set up data analytics and help you create personalised dashboards.
Thriving businesses these days are using data to increase efficiency and profitability. Hence if you would like to join this increasing list of companies and need a local partner to discuss about the implementation and adoption of Microsoft Power BI for your organisational needs, call us on 1300 797 888 or write to [email protected].