Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service provided by Microsoft and was originally launched as part of Office 365 way back in July 2013. The first release of Power BI was based on Microsoft Excel based add-ins such as Power Pivot, Power Query, Power View and additional features being added year after year. For general public, Microsoft Power BI was released on July 2015.
Today, Microsoft Power BI has emerged as an essential software system for organizations with large amounts of data created during the normal course of their business operations. The Power BI dashboards provide a 360-degree view for business users with their most important metrics in one place, updated in real time and available on all the available devices and electronic gadgets.
Microsoft Power BI has the ability to unify all of the organization’s data whether in the cloud or on-premises. By using Power BI gateways, organizations are able to connect SQL server databases, Analysis Service models and many other data sources to their dashboards in Power BI. Microsoft Power BI is now a more fully functional product that sits at the top of the self service BI market.
As self-service business intelligence (BI) tool Microsoft BI has proven to be a solid business intelligence platform with a strong support ecosystem. Microsoft has also launched Power BI Embedded with amazing version with additional capabilities reports that can be easily being placed into custom developer apps.
Following are the uses or benefits of Microsoft Power Bi such as
- Unlimited access to on –premise and in-cloud data.
- Interactive and amazing visualizations that organizations can share with their wideaudiences.
- Server level data management.
- Integrating analytics with internal software systems.
- Streamline processes such as in Sales, Marketing, and Operations etc.
- Organizations can visualize details easily through BI dashboard
Microsoft in the month of March – 2018 released Power BI mixed reality apps for HoloLens users who can view and interact with business insights without a PC or mobile device.