Power BI

Microsoft Power BI is a business intelligence platform that provides nontechnical business users with tools for combining, analyzing, visualizing and sharing data. Power BI's user interface is fairly intuitive for users familiar with Excel. Its deep integration with other Microsoft products makes it a very versatile self-service tool that requires little upfront training.

Power BI

Power BI Desktop

Power BI Pro

Power BI Premium

Power BI Mobile

Power BI Embedded

Power BI Report Server

Key features of Power BI

Microsoft has added a number of data analytics features to Power BI since its inception and continues to do so. Some of the most important features include:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Users can access image recognition and text analytics in Power BI, create machine learning models using automated machine learning capabilities and integrate with Azure Machine Learning.
  • Hybrid Deployment Support: This feature provides built-in connectors that allow Power BI tools to connect with a number of different data sources from Microsoft, Salesforce and other vendors.
  • Quick Insights: This feature allows users to create subsets of data and automatically apply analytics to that information.
  • Common Data Model Support: Power BI's support for the common data model allows the use of a standardized and extensible collection of data schemas (entities, attributes and relationships).
  • Cortana Integration: This feature, which is especially popular on mobile devices, allows users to verbally question data using natural language and access results, using Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant.
  • Customization: This feature allows developers to change the appearance of default visualization and reporting tools. Additionally, import new tools into the platform.
  • APIs for Integration: This feature provides developers with sample code and Application Performance Interfaces (APIs) for embedding the Power BI dashboard in other software products.
  • Self-Service Data Prep: Using Power Query, business analysts can ingest, transform, integrate and enrich big data into the Power BI web service. Ingested data can be shared across multiple Power BI models, reports and dashboards.
  • Modeling View: This allows users to divide complex data models by subject area into separate diagrams, select multiple objects and set common properties, view and modify properties in the properties pane, and set display folders for simpler consumption of complex data models.
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    Power BI Products:

  • Power BI Desktop: A free application you install on your local computer that lets you connect to, transform, and visualize your data. With Power BI Desktop, you can connect to multiple sources of data, and combine them (often called modeling) into a data model.
  • Power BI Pro: An individual user license that lets you read and interact with reports and dashboards that others have published to the Power BI service. Users with this license type can share content and collaborate with other Power BI Pro users.
  • Power BI Premium: A capacity-based offering that includes: Flexibility to publish reports broadly across an enterprise without requiring recipients to be licensed individually per user. Greater scale and performance than shared capacity in the Power BI service.
  • Power BI Mobile: Monitor your business right from your phone. Access on-premises data stored in SQL Server, or data in the cloud. Keep on top of KPIs and reports—Power BI Mobile apps give you a 360-degree view of your data—on the go. And keep your company’s data secure with mobile device and application management capabilities with Microsoft InTune.
  • Power BI Embedded: A Microsoft Azure service that lets Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Developers quickly embed visuals, reports, and dashboards into an application. This embedding is done through a capacity-based, hourly metered model.
  • Power BI Report Server: The on-premises solution for reporting today, with the flexibility to move to the cloud tomorrow. It's included with Power BI Premium, so you have the ability to move to the cloud on your terms.
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