Power BI Pro - Annual subscription (1 Year)
Power BI Pro is for those users publishing reports, sharing dashboards, collaborating with colleagues in workspaces and engaging in other related activities.
Microsoft Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools designed and created to help businesses systematically scrutinize data and share insights. No. 1 spot in this category is held by Sisense which has a score of 9.7 and has won our Best Business Intelligence Software Award for 2016. You can try out Sisense for free. You can also compare Sisense with Microsoft Power BI and see which one is better for your company.
Microsoft Power BI converts company’s data into very attractive and comprehensible visuals, making it easy for you and your company gather information, organize and devise effective business strategies. The system is created so that you stay in the know, to identify trends as they occur, and to steer your business towards success. The platform also helps users track their business and derive answers fast via robust and comprehensive dashboards that are available on every device.
Initially, Microsoft Power BI was planned as an add-in for the Microsoft ecosystem, but it has now evolved into a more fully functional product that sits at the top of the self-service BI market. Self-service business intelligence (BI) tool Microsoft Power BI has proven to be a solid business intelligence platform that already has a large following and support ecosystem. To make matters even better, Microsoft continues expanding its capacity with new connectors (a MailChimp Database, for instance), in order for users to improve the quality of their campaigns, query directly their Server Query Language databases and Spark data sources.
Just recently, the company launched Power BI Embedded, a new and powerful version with extra reporting capabilities that can easily be embedded into custom developers’ apps. What users like the most about this system is the possibility to publish their reports and visualizations directly on the web, so that they can target social media posts and emails, and make them accessible to everyone who may be interested in them.
Alongside Microsoft Power BI, users can also purchase a tool called Personal Gateway used to authenticate additional on-premise data sources currently located outside the firewall. The tool nevertheless functions only on Windows operating systems to enable connection to cloud-hosted analytics.
Overview of Microsoft Power BI Benefits
These are the benefits commonly associated to using Microsoft Power BI:
Unlimited access to on-premise and in-cloud data
Power BI collects and stores all your on-premise and cloud information in single, more centralized location that you can access whenever and wherever as required. You can also leverage pre-packaged content packs and built-in connectors to streamline the importation of your data from solutions such as Marketo, Salesforce, Google Analytics, and many more.
Interactive and stunning visualizations you can share with wide audiences
Power BI turns anyone into a master of disseminating information the easiest way with its stunning visualizations and interactive dashboards that provide a consolidated live view of your enterprise and its performance. For the analyst at heart, Power BI Desktop delivers a free-form canvas for drag-and-drop data navigation and a very extensive library of interactive visualizations, simple report creation, and fast publishing to the Power BI service. Since Microsoft Power BI is a part of Microsoft’s suite of business products, it offers users tight integration with its other popular and widely used Microsoft business tools like Microsoft Excel, Azure, and SQL Server.
Simplified answers to complex questions
With Microsoft Power BI, users are empowered by data, not overwhelmed by it. The system makes interaction with your data fast and quick, thanks to the use of the simple yet effective drag-and-drop gestures to identify trends and natural language queries to get lightning-fast answers.
Immediate and fruitful collaboration
Power BI allows you to share dashboards and reports with the right people wherever you go. The system also provides you with the flexibility as it operates compatibly with the leading operating systems – Windows, iOS, and Android. Alerts will notify you about any updates or changes in your data so you can immediately work with your team to take immediate action.
Access to a robust collection of learning materials
Despite of the fact Microsoft has a recognizable and intuitive interface that doesn’t take time to adopt, they made sure all complex analytic mechanisms can be understood in less than no time. Tip posts, video tutorials, presentations, and entire blogs are available for new users to maximize the potential of the tool, or find fast solutions to their problems without contacting customer support. Experienced agents are nevertheless a message away from helping them. Let’s not forget also Microsoft’s million+ user community where the user can exchange experience and have his questions answered.
Microsoft Power BI costs significantly less than what you’d expect to pay for such an advanced system – the Basic plan of this product with a data capacity limit of 1GB is available for free, while the 10GB per user-version costs only $9.99 per user/month. Collaboration using Office 365 is nevertheless available only in the paid plan.
Microsoft Power BI’s developers ensured their system can blend into any software ecosystem, and the proof for that are the numerous connections to popular thirs-party software and Microsoft tools. As we mentioned even before, Microsoft is working continuously to expand the connectivity of this system, enabling users to import even more of their bases and data sources.
Overview of Microsoft Power BI Features
- Customizable Dashboards
- Navigation Pane
- Q&A Question Box
- Help and Feedback Buttons
- Ad Hoc Analysis
- Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
- Trend Indicators
- Ad Hoc Reporting
- View rich graphical visualizations from complex BI data
- Full suite of BI tools for data visualization and reporting
- Author rich interactive reports with Power BI Desktop