Do you know at the click of a button who your most profitable customers are? Do you know which of your projects are most likely to succeed? If your organisation is struggling to provide real actionable data intelligence you could be losing out to the competition.
Empowering users with the ability to analyse their own data is a worthy objective in its own right. So is enabling them to do so without having to install complex data analysis software on their own PCs. Letting users manipulate the data using a tool that they are already familiar with, e.g. Excel, is another plus point as is the ability to be able to extract the raw data needed directly from their corporate IT systems without having to get involved in networking and security issues. Power BI does all of this, and more!
Power BI is an Office 365 cloud-based Business Intelligence (BI) system designed to let Power users design their own reports, dashboards and charts using familiar tools. A Power BI user designs the reports in an Excel spreadsheet for example (though it can connect with hundreds of data sources including Google Analytics, Azure SQL Database, MySQL, Oracle, SharePoint Lists and more), publishes them to PowerBI, which is a SharePoint site, and other Power BI users interact with them as a web page. Sounds simple, and it is.
Additionally, as announced at the PASS Summit 2017 in October, Microsoft’s newly released Power BI Report Servers now allows organisations to host their own reports on-premises, with the flexibility to move to the cloud later on. For more information on this head over to the Microsoft Power BI website.
In summary, with Power BI you can unify all of your organisation’s data, in the cloud and/or on-premises. It helps your organisation by providing real and actionable data intelligence, which in turn helps you to make informed decisions.
If that’s not enough to inspire you, Microsoft is recognised as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics AND won Editors’ Choice in the PCMag.com self-service BI tool review roundup (read the review here).
If you would like to get more of an understanding of what Power BI can do for your business, get in touch.