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Mark Goodson, BCG Systems, Inc.

The New Face of Power BI


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The new Power BI is here and it’s bigger and better than ever! Microsoft has implemented a whole new user interface that is a stunning view of your business information. Users can customize these dynamic visualizations to stay informed of their critical business data such as sales, margin and profit. Your data is continuously updated so decisions can be made based on real time information.

 

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Features and Benefits of Power BI

  • View everything from spreadsheets, line-of-business applications or web services all in one central location.
  • Generate interactive reports and insights that show the strengths and weaknesses of your company.
  • Build custom dashboards to view information that is relevant to you. Eliminating the need to search through lists of data or reports to find pertinent data.
  • Develop dashboards specifically for your team so they can view necessary information to make smart decisions.
  • Use natural language to ask questions and the related charts or visualization can appear as the answer.

 

New Specialized Power BI Tools

  • The Microsoft Power BI Designer will astound Data and Business Analysts by allowing them to generate dashboards and visualizations that will analyze their data.
  • The Power BI app for Windows, iOS and Android gives mobiles users access to their data from anywhere, at any time.
  • The Microsoft Power BI Analysis Services Connector allows the BI Professional to connect to their in-house data in SQL Server Analysis Services without moving data to the cloud. Reports automatically refresh from a scheduler.

 

What Types of Data Can be Utilized Through Power BI?

You can link all of the data your company gathers and depends on with Power BI. With the assistance of Content Packs, here are the types of data compatible with Power BI:

  • Acumatic
  • appFigures
  • Github
  • Google Analytics
  • IBM DB2
  • MailChimp
  • Microsoft Access, Excel, Exchange
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM & Marketing
  • Microsoft SQL Server (Azure, Azure Data Warehouse, Analysis Services)
  • MySQL
  • OData
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • QuickBooks Online
  • Salesforce
  • SendGrid
  • SharePoint
  • SweetIQ
  • Twilio
  • UserVoice
  • Zendesk

 

Power BI is officially available and ready for you to utilize in your daily business routine. Do you have questions about Power BI or need help operating it with your business? BCG Systems can help!  Let’s discuss your unique business needs and find answers to those questions.

By Stephanie Burris, Development Services Supervisor at BCG Systems, Inc.

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