Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service that enables anyone to visualize and analyse data with greater speed, efficiency, and understanding. It connects users to a broad range of data through easy-to-use dashboards, interactive reports, and compelling visualizations that bring data to life.
Here are my top 10 reasons why I feel Power BI is the best Business intelligence tool on the market:
With all the key metrics in one place, the Power BI dashboard gives an instant snapshot of the most critical business data. Power BI collects the information for you and presents it succinctly, to save time and expedite the decision-making process. To view underlying data, users can drill down to the detailed level with one click on the dashboard.
2. Anywhere, anytime data analysis
Power BI makes 24/7 accessibility to business information possible. With a built-in gateway, Power BI continuously delivers updated data from databases in your office or the web to the desktop canvasses and mobile devices of your choice, thereby ensuring crucial information is always available at your fingertips.
There is no need to involve IT staff in either the setup or day-to-day use of Power BI. With a little training, business users can access data for themselves and turn it into the valuable information and analyses needed for decision-making. Power BI is therefore a true enabler which greatly enhances efficiency, reduces costs and expedites objectives.
Power BI comes with pre-built dashboards and report packs for many commonly used systems and platforms, such as:
• Microsoft Azure
• Microsoft Dynamics
• Google Analytics and many more
5. Power BI is in the cloud.
Like it or not, the world is moving to the cloud. This product was built from the ground up with the view of sharing via the cloud. It uses all the modern HTML5 coding techniques to ensure compatibility with browsers across any platform.
6. Power BI has mobile apps
Power BI has native apps for Android phones and tablets, iOS devices, and Windows 10 devices. You can download one of the Power BI mobile apps (Apple/Android) for free
7. Power BI is very cheap to buy
Power BI and Power BI Desktop are free. There is a 60-day free trial available for Power BI Pro. After that, Power BI Pro is $9.99 (£6.20) per User per Month.
8. Power BI is easy to use
Anyone that can click on a button can interact with a report and make visualisations . Power BI makes this possible by the drag and drop system of creating visuals, pick the visual, choose the data you want in it and boom you have an interactive way of looking at your data. You can have a report or dashboard going in minutes after you import your data.
9. Power BI huge user community decide what’s important
Instead of building only what Microsoft thinks we need, it is asking the community what new features are most valued by the community. Anyone can sign up and create and/or vote for new ideas on how to improve the product. February’s updates: https://youtu.be/mn75-LOPxMA
10. Gartner rates Microsoft
Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a leader in BI and Analytics Platforms for the last 10 consecutive years
This rating is largely driven by the excellent work Microsoft is doing currently with Power BI.