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What is Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI is a product designed to visualise the data inside your business and help you to drive your analysis journey forward, giving better insights to guide your strategic business decision making. 

Power BI is predominantly made up of dashboards and reports. Dashboards provide a visual summary of your data and you can drill down on the tiles contained in a dashboard to view a report with deeper analysis on the figures. These can be packed up into an app, which can then be shared amongst your team.

Power BI terminology

Power BI’s tiles contain data from many sources, such as Excel documents, your ERP system and many more; the tiles can then be customised to represent the data in any way you wish.

Data can be reflected in graphs, charts and figures, and the tiles themselves can be filtered in advanced ways. The information is easy to consume, built for comparisons to be made and insights to be gained, and hovering over any section gives extra detail.

With a simplistic action bar, the clean looking interface makes for a more focused approach, where data is the centre of your experience. The dropdown menus are familiar to any Office 365 user and can be navigated easily without actions taking up unnecessary room on the sidebar.

Power BI dashboard

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Why do you need Power BI?

Every department in a business can benefit from great reporting. Depending on how the visualisation is created, the same data can be exploited at all levels.

Say you are running a manufacturing system: 

  • When the order for an item comes in, you can visualise which orders can be actioned straight away.
  • If the delivery date for the order is well in the future, then it can be shaded differently so that it is not prioritised over other more urgent orders.
  • If there are a few items missing for production, you can drill down to see when the item will become available.
  • Once all the raw materials for a production are available, a tabular report can be created to advise the assembly worker to start creating the product for order.

This way, the old-fashioned Monday morning reports could be transformed into practical visualisations of the data that is most important to you and your business. With all team members working on the same report, there won’t be endless iterations of the same document with untracked changes.

And, as your team begins to grow in numbers, the scalability of Power BI comes into play. With data now considered one of the most valuable commodities in the world, the question is how much you value your own data and the benefits you could receive from intuitive reporting.

Data at your fingertips

Data at your fingertips

The advantages of a platform like Power BI are vast. With regular functional improvements through updates from Microsoft, the reporting power is firmly in your hands.

When working on a report, it’s quick and easy to check when the data was last updated and who by, giving you the peace of mind that the data is relevant and accurate. You’re also able to add comments to particular tiles, tagging members of your team to action them on what you’ve discovered. Automate your repetitive actions by subscribing to receive emails about particular reports so that emails and mobile notifications are sent to you at a specified time and date. For example, that same Monday morning report but now without the human error and delay.

The alerting functionality is also powerful and vast; you can create alerts on tiles to send you a notification when, for example, the total category volume in a report exceeds 70,000. Why spend your time sat in Power BI when the numbers can be doing the work for you and automation can supply you with what you need?

But the reports don’t have to be contained within Power BI. Export to Excel, PDF and PowerPoint to continue working with that data alongside your big presentation. The exporting feature also includes any filters you have set on that data, so that you’re only seeing the important sections you require. As well as filters, you can use focus mode in Power BI to see more of what you need and less of what you don’t. By drilling down on tiles, you can ‘focus’ on the chart in more detail and then utilise the ‘insights’ functionality where the artificial intelligence tools inside Power BI spring to life. These tools can find similarities and differences in data across any period, as well as noticeable changes that you should be aware of. All these features are available for the mobile, desktop and web versions, meaning all the reporting and AI capabilities can travel with you wherever you go.

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Exporting your Power BI Reports

Reports don’t have to be contained within Power BI. Export to Excel, PDF and PowerPoint to continue working with that data alongside your big presentation. The exporting feature also includes any filters you have set on that data, so that you’re only seeing the important sections you require.

As well as filters, you can use focus mode in Power BI to see more of what you need and less of what you don’t. By drilling down on tiles, you can ‘focus’ on the chart in more detail and then utilise the ‘insights’ functionality where the artificial intelligence tools inside Power BI spring to life. These tools can find similarities and differences in data across any period, as well as noticeable changes that you should be aware of.

All these features are available for the mobile, desktop and web versions, meaning all the reporting and AI capabilities can travel with you wherever you go.

Pillar Page - Power BI - Exporting Power BI Reports

Exporting your Power BI Reports

Reports don’t have to be contained within Power BI. Export to Excel, PDF and PowerPoint to continue working with that data alongside your big presentation. The exporting feature also includes any filters you have set on that data, so that you’re only seeing the important sections you require.

As well as filters, you can use focus mode in Power BI to see more of what you need and less of what you don’t. By drilling down on tiles, you can ‘focus’ on the chart in more detail and then utilise the ‘insights’ functionality where the artificial intelligence tools inside Power BI spring to life. These tools can find similarities and differences in data across any period, as well as noticeable changes that you should be aware of.

All these features are available for the mobile, desktop and web versions, meaning all the reporting and AI capabilities can travel with you wherever you go.