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

Visualisations

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

Datasets

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.

Reports

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.

Dashboards

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.

Tiles

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

 

 

 

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