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Analysis has become a key part of any company’s ability to stay in business. It informs you what to do and what not to do. Business intelligence ensures that all the processes run smoothly toward sustainable development. Power BI has become one of the most widely used Business Intelligence and Visualization Online solutions in the modern era. Power BI is a data visualization and business intelligence application that helps extract, transform, and analyze data in dashboards and reports. This blog will talk about Power BI, how to install it, and how to get started with it.
Power BI is developed so that even a beginner with no prior experience can start using it. With Power BI, even non-technical users have access to all the functionality necessary to extract, transform, and analyze data, allowing them to turn that data into insights that can be put into action. Having said that, M-query and DAX language will undoubtedly help your modeling and analyzing skills.
If we want to know "What is Power BI?" Microsoft itself provides a pretty good explanation. They define Power BI as “...a collection of software services, apps, and connectors that work together to turn your unrelated sources of data into coherent, visually immersive, and interactive insights. Your data may be an Excel spreadsheet, or a collection of cloud-based and on-premises hybrid data warehouses. Power BI lets you easily connect to your data sources, visualize and discover what's important, and share that with anyone or everyone you want.”
In July 2015, Microsoft offered Power BI as a standalone solution. The goal of Power BI is to provide any user with easy access to business insights. Power BI is a data visualization and business intelligence tool that combines different data sources into an interactive report. Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. Although Power BI is commonly regarded as a data visualization tool, it also provides a wide range of services such as data extraction, modeling, analysis, and visualization.
Power BI was once a straightforward analytical tool, but it has since grown into an overwhelming offering. There are various features inside Power BI that all work together to provide a shared and collaborative working experience.
The following are the primary components of Power BI:
Power BI Desktop is the window application. It is Power BI's most popular mode. Power BI Desktop is software that you can install on your laptop to connect to and visualize data. The desktop version is most often used for data modeling, transformation, and analysis, while Power BI services are used to share the report with others.
These are the most common uses for Power BI Desktop:
On the Power BI desktop, there are 3 views:
The Power BI service is a cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) platform. The user can now modify, create, share, contribute, and see the report. Power BI Service is also known as Power BI online. The dashboards are the major offering of Power BI services. Dashboards allow you to display only the selected tiles from your report. The Dashboard is like a sneak peek at the story. Power BI Apps is another popular offering by Power BI services. It is used for sharing and storing multiple reports in one place. It is different from Power BI Mobile Application.
The Power BI mobile app is free to download for Windows, iOS, and Android devices. It allows you to view and interact with the published report. It puts all of the reports that the user needs right at their fingertips.
Aside from these three, there are two more Power BI components.
The Power BI report builder is used to create the paginated reports that are shared through the Power BI services. Paginated reports are designed to fit on a single page. This is used for operational reports that need printing, such as reports, invoicing, and financial statements. Power BI Report Builder is a stand-alone application for creating paginated reports.
Power BI report server is an on-premise report server that lets you publish reports to the web once they've been prepared on the Power BI desktop. It includes options like paginated reports, mobile reports, and KPIs. Users can access these reports via the web, mobile devices, and email.
This section concludes with Power BI licensing. By now, you know about the different components of Power BI. The next question is what is free and what is not. There are currently three scopes to use Power BI.
Power BI Free is exactly what it sounds like. The free edition is Power BI Desktop. It allows you to connect data from multiple sources, build models, and publish reports on the web.
Free version provides an introduction to Power BI and its capabilities. The drawback of free services is that you cannot share or create apps in workspace.
If you want to upgrade from the free edition of Power BI, you can go with the Power BI Pro version.
The Pro edition includes all of the free version's functionality as well as sharing and collaboration options. You can also link to on-premise datasets and have them automatically refreshed.
The highlights of the Pro version:
If Power BI Pro has all the features a user might need, why do we need a premium? When you wish to switch from a single user to a multi-user environment, Premium comes into play. Power BI Premium improves performance and boosts service storage capacity.
The highlights of the Premium version:
Visit the Power BI Pricing Page to find out more about the latest prices.
This section will walk you through the process of installing the Power BI desktop, Power BI service, and Power BI report server.
Technical Requirements for Power BI Desktop:
Power BI Desktop is a free application. There are 2 ways to download the Power BI desktop application.
1. From the Microsoft Store
2. From the Executable File
Step 1: Go to the download center page, and select the right bit size of the file to download.
Technical Requirements for Power BI Services:
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Note: Whenever you Publish your Power BI Desktop report, it will take you to the Power BI services.
This is how the user interface should look.
Note: Power BI Report Server installation is only supported on x64 processors.
Note: Please keep in mind that the Power BI report server can be installed on a Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC). Reed-Write Domain Controller is required for proper functioning.
This is how the user interface should look.
To create Power BI reports for Power BI Report Server, you must first download and install the Power BI Desktop version optimized for Power BI Report Server. This version is different from the native Power BI Desktop that is used with the Power BI service.
We learned about Power BI and how to install Power BI versions in this blog. Microsoft Power BI is a powerful business intelligence application that provides advanced analysis options. We talked about Power BI components and go over the installation process for the Power BI desktop, Power BI services, and Power BI report server. Read the entire blog for a complete installation guide and also have a look at the KnowledgeHut Business Intelligence and Visualization Online
Let's take a quick look at why you should choose Power BI:
Power BI desktop application is free to download. Follow the “How to Install Power BI Desktop?” section.
Go to the Power BI services and select get apps from the Apps section. You can also install apps through direct links.
Yes, the Power BI desktop version is free to use. But in order to share your report with others, you’ll need access to Power BI services and need to buy a pro or premium license.
You will need a Windows 8.1 version or higher with at least 2GB RAM and 1440*900 resolution. To see the full list read this section Technical Requirements for Power BI Desktop.
As of now, there is no application to run Power BI on Mac. You can still use Power BI services and other web services. In the meantime, you can consider remote share and Turbo.net sites to run the application. Here is a quick video on the topic.