Introduction to Power BI

What is Power BI?

Power BI is a part of Microsoft self-service business intelligence tools that enables the user to share interactive reports. It is a cloud-based data sharing environment that enables the user easily connect to different data source, analyse and visualize the data in an efficient manner.

Features of Power BI

  • Power BI can organise and develop comprehensive charts that is easy to understand by extracting data from different sources.
  • Sharing presentations and collaborating documents with colleagues in real time is accessible through Power BI
  • Power BI also allows the users to update Excel file from data sources that is on-site or in the cloud
  • Power BI effortlessly allows to display the output on multiple devices such as PCs, tablets, mobile devices that use Power BI app

Building Blocks of Power BI

Power BI is a tool that consists additional building blocks


Visualisation is the graphical illustration of data or visual representation of data such as bar graph, pie charts, map, line graph and many more.


A dataset is a collection of data or a collaboration of many different sources unified in one collection that Power BI uses to create its visualizations. E.g. Excel sheets, SQL database, Salesforce etc.


Report is a collection of visualizations that appear together on one or more pages, it is a collection of items that are related to one another. For instance, yearly performance report, monthly sales report, profit by products etc.


Dashboard is a single sheet presentation of multiple visualisations that can be shared with others. For example, Sales Dashboard can have bar charts, pie charts, geographical map and so on.


Tile is a single visualisation in a report or on a dashboard such as Line chart in Dashboard or Report




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