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Posted by Alfie McDonald on October 24th 2022
Power BI is Microsoft’s business intelligence platform and data visualisation tool. Bringing together a suite of software services, apps, and connectors, Power BI transforms Excel spreadsheets and other forms of unconnected, raw data into visually stimulating reports and dashboards.
The stars of the show are vivid and informative visualisations: charts, graphs, infographics, maps, and more. This way, valuable but potentially confusing information becomes clear, actionable business intelligence. Best of all, that information is available for everyone, including non-experts. Data is no longer exclusive to IT specialists and analysts – Power BI fundamentally democratises data accessibility.
A Power BI dashboard is a single page, often referred to as a canvas. It displays charts, graphs, headline statistics, and other visualizations known as tiles. The tiles should be organised to make the dashboard clear and user-friendly. Each tile is clickable, acting as a link to the related report or dataset.
A dashboard can either link to several reports or highlight different aspects of a single report. A well-designed personalised dashboard shows only information essential to the user, organised for ease of use. It transforms the complexity of raw data into clear, compelling visualisations, built around smart analytics and actionable insights.
Power BI does what data specialists often can’t: take information from reports or datasets and condense it into graphics and charts that communicate clearly. These visualisations are then pinned to the Power BI dashboard. They are known as tiles and act as a “shop window” for the underlying data.
This allows you to instantly connect your data, sift out the relevant information, and model it to provide the insights and analysis you need.
It puts business intelligence and insights into the hands of the people who need it, without the requirement for day-to-day specialised support.
A vast array of creative options are available to bring data to life. Here are just a few examples:
Dashboards give you the power to continuously monitor all aspects of the business, including:
At BCN Group, we are a Microsoft-certified partner, and we share Microsoft’s cloud-first vision. As a Microsoft Solution Provider with four designations, we have designed and delivered hundreds of successful Power BI solutions for various clients.
A recent example of BCN’s Power BI expertise in action is detailed in our IMI case study. It demonstrates how we enabled the Institute for Motor Industry to take its financial reporting forward by visualising insights from Sage 200 through the implementation of Power BI. It was so successful that the IMI then decided to replicate the process across sales, marketing, and other business functions.