Power BI is a business analytics service by Microsoft that provides users with Data Visualization and Business Intelligence tools with an elementary interface, simple for end-users so that they create reports and dashboards of their own.
Microsoft Power BI helps to find insights within the data of an organisation. It converts data from various data sources to interactive BI reports and dashboards, like it forms different data models, creates graphs and charts which depict visuals of the data, etc. These data and data models can be shared with other Power BI users within the organisation. Moreover, Power BI provides executive dashboards for the manager and administrators which gives the management more insight into how the departments are functioning.
The following lists the key features of Power BI that makes Power BI a hit amongst various organisations and businesses.
Key features of Power BI
- Get started in seconds: You can sign up for free to get started in no time and start monitoring your data. There isn’t any setup required or training needed. They have simple, yet out-of-the-box dashboards for different services like Salesforce, Google Analytics, etc. with the help of which you can get insights from your data in no time.
- Analysis of Data, Stored Anywhere: Get a comprehensive view of all of your data and key metrics of your business, no matter what form your data is stored in or where it is stored.
- Solve Problems on the go: With real-time Power BI dashboards, you can instantly know when your business is demanding attention. Seize opportunities to solve problems as they occur.
- Content Packs: Power BI uses Content Packs, which has embedded queries, dashboard reports and data models. A large number of applications use Content Packs now, including QuickBooks.
- Print Dashboard: Power BI allows printing of dashboards, which is a new feature. This feature comes really handy in board meetings and discussions.
- Natural Language Q&A: Natural Language Q&A is one of the most powerful tools in Power BI, which allows users to write questions as well as provide the content and answer, which can be manipulated as per your visual needs. For example, if you ask for the previous year’s sales by product, be ready to get a stunning and interactive visualization as a reply.
- Custom Visualization: Power BI is a library of custom visualization, that is, depending on the business needs, if the business needs differ, then so should the visuals.
- DAX Data Analysis Function: Power BI comprises of more than 200 functions and counting. The DAX formula language is so rich that it includes libraries of various remarkable capabilities that it cyphers your data in such a way that powerful analytical data models can be created.
- Get Data (Data Source): With the help of Power BI, businesses can virtually get data from anywhere. Power BI Desktop encompasses a variety of on-premise as well as cloud data sources, which are both structured and unstructured; more of which are added each month.
- Act in motion: No matter wherever you are, keep yourself on the top of your data. With apps available for iOS, Android and Windows, you can now access all of your data where you are and where you go!
- Integrate with Power BI: With the help of their open, standards-based REST API, integrate your service or application with Power BI. This will help you deliver solutions faster without losing focus on the core value.
New Features of Power BI
The following lists the latest Power BI features that have been made available since January. Read along to know what all changes and upgradations have been made!
1. Show and hide pages:
If you wish to share just some particular sections of your report, then you might want to hide certain pages before giving them the access. This feature has become available since January, where all you have to do is right-click on the page and select ‘Hide’.
Upon doing so, you will be able to look at the hidden pages yourself. But if you go onto reading mode, you won’t be able to see them as well.
2. Manage the data label background colour for map visuals and Cartesian:
You can now edit the background colour and data labels for Cartesian and map visuals. It can be found under the Data labels card in the formatting page. These options have improved the issues faced previously, such as readability.
3. Control the Bar/Column padding:
This lets you control the inner padding between the bars. The inner padding can now go up to 50% of the bar’s width, as well as all the way down to a zero or a histogram effect.
4. Increase the area used for axis labels in a chart:
You no longer have to increase the chart’s size if the axis labels are cut off in a chart. If your page’s space is limited, a new slider is now available to increase the percentage of the charts used by the axis labels.
5. Top N selection in Q&A:
Improvements have been made in the natural language engine to support ask top-n-type questions. For example, ‘What are my top 3 products by sales?’, ‘Top manufacturer by NSAT.’