What are the uses of Microsoft Power BI desktop ?

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What is Microsoft Power BI Desktop?

- Power BI Desktop is a free advanced feature for  authoring and publishing tool of Power BI. It is a user interaction platform where users can connect to multiple data sources, transform and clean data, visualize and create reports. Power BI Desktop is a user-friendly advanced platform supporting all   of Power BI proficiency.

- Admins can easily connect to multiple data sources and merge  the data from  into one data model which is known as modeling. The data models structure the imported information (data), developing an association with data values, admins  can also represent the data in the form of a variety of visualizations available in Power BI Desktop. It enables users to  share models made in Power BI as reports and dashboards to other users for analysis and collaboration.

What are the Functions and Uses of Power BI Desktop?

1. Connecting to data

- Power BI Desktop enables the connection to the data source in order to search for data.  the Get Data option in Power BI Desktop, permit users to select from a general list of available data sources.  

2. Convert and clean data

- As soon as a user connect to a data source, they can  convert and clean their data, Power BI  in-built Power Query Editor is provided for users.

In the Power Query Editor, users can rename the table, change the data type, remove or add columns, apply filters, and merge data from multiple sources.

Whatever actions users apply using the Query Editor, it will be recorded and registered in the system. By doing so, the same data transformation and cleaning steps will be applied automatically every time a user opens the data source.

3.Creating visualizations

- Once the data is transformed and loaded to Power BI Desktop, users can create visualizations using the data model. a set of visualizations in the Visualizations pane

The properties of the visualization like legend, values, formats, font, color, size, background, title, filters, etc are adjustable. Power BI Desktop has a wide range of tools to simply visualization tasks.

4.Creating reports

- Power BI Desktop provides users a well-structured set of tools to create informative and appealing reports. A report is a collection of visualizations that give an informative account and vision to the imported data. A report in Power BI Desktop can consist of one or more pages.

5.Sharing reports

- Publishing a report to Power BI Service requires a Power BI license. So users can share the report at any location of Power BI Service such as personal workspace, team workspace.

What are the Benefits of Power BI Desktop?

-Power BI Desktop has become the user’s favorite BI tool; Because of users friendly platform so what made it so popular among users:

  • It is  connected to a range of on-premise as well as cloud-based data sources such as Salesforce, Azure SQL DB, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and Excel. Power BI Desktop offers features of automated  refresh of data from the data source.

  •  data preparation is a great time saver. Power BI Desktop offers self-service data modeling tools which efficiently helps in data preparation and data model.

  • Power BI Desktop provides  advanced analytics operations  such as DAX formula language, quick measures, grouping, forecasting, Excel integration, and clustering.

  • It allows the user to create visualization-rich dashboards and reports.  for formatting and layout tools available in Power BI Desktop.

  •  mobile-optimized reports so that viewers can use instantly. In addition to this, users can  publish  reports and apps to the cloud or on-premise platforms. In addition to  embedding Power, BI Desktop reports into apps or websites.

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