What is Power BI and why it features are unique ?

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What is Microsoft Power BI?

-Power BI is a business analytics tool that converts data from  various data sources  to interactive dashboards as BI reports, Microsoft Power BI extends multiple software, connectors, and services, Power BI Desktop and mobile Power BI apps available for several programs the stated set of services are used by business administrators to preoccupy data and establish BI reports 

- Power BI can be extended both on-premise and on-cloud. It is also capable of importing data from local databases/data sources, big data sources, simple Excel files, and other hybrid sources. Thus, Power BI, a leader amidst other business intelligence BI tools confirms to be a structured and user-friendly tool for data analysis. It permits the users to consolidate data from multiple sources, makes interactive dashboards, evaluates data, creates informative reports and shares it with other users.

What BI stands for?

- Business Intelligence "BI"  it refers to taking unanalyzed data from a data source converting it to an operative data to make reports and instructional graphics for data analysis Visually displaying data table is also known as data visualization, it allows a user to visualize Necessary information through graphs; charts, maps, etc. 

What are the components of Power BI?

 Data Sources

The most important component of Power BI is its vast range of data sources. Where users can import data from files in the system, cloud-based online data sources or connect directly to live connections. to import from data on-premise or online services users are allowed  1 GB limit. Some commonly used data sources in Power BI are:


-Oracle Database

-MySQL Database

-SAP Business Warehouse server

-Google BigQuery (Beta)

-Azure SQL Database

-Google Analytics



Power BI Desktop

-Power BI Desktop is a client-side tool known as a companion development and authoring tool.

-This desktop-based software is loaded with tools and operations to connect to data sources, transform data, data modeling and creating reports.

It is free for downloading. Using Power BI Desktop features, users are allowed to data cleansing, create business metrics and data models, define the relationship between data, define hierarchies, create visuals and publish reports.

Power BI Service

-Power BI Service is a web-based platform for users to share reports, formed in  Power BI Desktop, collaborate with other users, and create dashboards.
 available  versions:
  • Free version
  • Pro version
  • Premium version

Power BI Service is also referred to as, “Power BI.com”, “Power BI Workspace”, “Power BI Site” and “Power BI Web Portal”

Power BI Report Server

-The Power BI Report Server is similar to the Power BI Service. The only difference is that Power BI Report Server is an on-premise platform. It is used by organizations that refuse to publish their reports on the cloud and are concerned about the security of their data.
Power BI Report Server permit users  to create dashboards and Share  reports with other users in  terms of  security protocols.this service requires a Power BI Premium license.

Power BI Gateway

 - It is used to connect and access on-premise data in secured networks. Power BI Gateways are generally used in organizations where data is secured and guarded. Gateways help to extract out data through secure channels to Power BI platforms for analysis and reporting.

Power BI Mobile

-Power BI Mobile is a local Power BI application that runs on iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices. For viewing reports and dashboards.

Power BI Embedded

-Power BI Embedded offers APIs which are used to embed visuals into custom applications.

Why Power bi is the leader of its field?

-Power Bi is a well-structured Business intelligence tool biased with data visualizations and analytics features concerning the main conception of Power Bi;
-The exclusive features of Power BI as following :

1. Variety  of appealing  Visualizations:

the visual depiction of data is an important aspect of Power BI. It provides a large variety of detailed and appealing visualizations. You can create reports and dashboards using a simple or complex visualization according to your choices. There is also a library available for custom visualizations.

2. Get Data (Data Source)

Get Data; the feature allows Power BI users to appoint from a collection of data sources. The data sources are selected in the range from on-premise to cloud-based, unstructured to structured. New data sources are added every month.

Some of the latest available data sources are:

  • Excel
  • Power BI datasets
  • Power BI dataflows
  • SQL Server
  • MySQL database
  • Analysis Services
  • Azure

3. Datasets Filtration

-Dataset is a single set of data, selected from multiple data sources. the datasets create visualizations of different categories. A dataset can also be a selection of data chosen from a single source like an Excel workbook or from more than an individual data source.

You can filter the datasets and have smaller subsets containing only the important data and contextual. Power BI extends the users with a variety of in-built data connectors such as Excel, SQL database, Oracle, Azure, Facebook, Salesforce, MailChimp, etc.

4.Navigation Pane

The navigation pane contains a selection of datasets, dashboards, and reports. Users can simply work in Power BI and navigate between datasets, dashboard they are working on, and reports they are creating.

5.Informative Reports

-Reports in Power BI is a combination of dashboards containing a variety of visualizations related to a particular business topic. A report elaborates a full and structured presentation of data created in different methods and revealing important insights from the data.

 6.Office 365 App Launcher

-selecting this option, users can automatically launch Microsoft Office 365 apps.

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