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What is Power BI?

2nd May 2024

We'll tell you everything about Power BI and focus in particular on the functions and components.

Everything you need to know about Power BI

In times of big data, it is essential for the vast majority of companies to connect and analyse their data smartly and present it in a comprehensible way for a wide variety of areas. What helps here? Simple and clearly prepared data visualisation. And this is where Power BI comes into play. Power BI is a business intelligence platform from Microsoft that offers a wide range of components and services to support well-founded business decisions based on data. The user-friendly interface enables connection to a wide variety of data sources such as Excel, SQL databases, Azure, Salesforce and Google Analytics. In addition to a colourful bouquet of visualisation tools and interactive dashboards, Power BI uses the latest technologies to make intelligent predictions via machine learning.

Other Power BI components and features

Real-time analysis, seamless data connectivity integrations and customised dashboards... want more? 

Here is a brief overview of the most important functions of the Power BI software:

1. Power BI Desktop allows you to import, model and visualise data, provides powerful data modelling and transformation tools, and allows you to create interactive reports and dashboards that can be published locally or to the Power BI service.

2. Power BI Service is a cloud-based platform that enables seamless collaboration internally and externally by allowing users to publish and share interactive reports and dashboards and access their data from anywhere via their Power BI login.

3. Power BI mobile apps ensure that users can interact with their data and access their reports and dashboards on the go - whether via iOS, Android or Windows.

4. data import and connection: In addition to the variety of sources from which data can be imported and connected, Power BI also enables real-time data analyses through live connections to data sources.

5. data modelling and transformation: users can prepare analyses by modelling and transforming their data in Power BI Desktop. 

6. Data visualisation: A variety of visualisation tools allow users to prepare their data in interactive dashboards and reports to gain better insights into their data.

7. security and access control: Various security functions such as role-based access control (RBAC), row and column security and data encryption ensure that all data is protected from unwanted attacks.

Summarised: What makes a Power BI dashboard?

Interactivity! This is the keyword that takes centre stage. A dashboard can consist of one or more visualisations, such as diagrams, maps, tables or measuring instruments, which interact with each other and provide detailed insights into the data. Using various filter options across three levels (visual, page and report level), the whole thing can be easily customised and rearranged to highlight the relevant information for a specific use case. Particularly exciting is the real-time analysis, which ensures that users always receive immediate insights into the current status of the data. Mobile support and cloud-based sharing functions enable smooth collaboration within and outside your own company.

Would you like to learn more about Power BI? Then apply here.

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