Management consultant Peter Drucker once said, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”
This statement has never been more relevant.
Businesses have access to unprecedented amounts of data, but all that data means nothing unless they can turn it into insights.
And though the market is flooded with new business intelligence (BI) and analytics solutions promising to do exactly that, Microsoft’s Power BI platform has consistently been named a leader in BI and analytics since its launch, allowing businesses to measure and manage like never before.
Picking up Where Excel Left Off
Microsoft unveiled Power BI in 2014 as the successor to Excel-based plugins like Power Query, Power Pivot and Power View. It was first made available to the public in July 2015.
The web-based analytics platform includes data warehousing and manipulation features which enable organizations to join and visualize data from multiple disparate sources.
Microsoft sells the platform through the now standard “as a service” model, meaning pricing is subscription based on a per user basis.
3 Power BI Features You Should Know
Connecting Siloed Data
When your data is stuck in siloed systems, you’re stuck with a fragmented view of your organization.
How can you make big decisions without seeing the big picture? Measuring progress or setbacks in your organization requires a system of record that centralizes all your data.
If you already use Microsoft systems like Microsoft Dynamics, SharePoint, Excel, Project or SQL, you can import, join and visualize their data in Power BI.
Data imports extends to non-Microsoft systems as well: Google Analytics, Salesforce, Oracle, Hadoop, SAP, Snowflake and more can be integrated with Power BI.
Robust Security Features
We all know information security is important.
Power BI excels here. It engineered security and compliance into the fabric of the tool, ensuring compliance with noteworthy regulatory bodies and legislative acts.
One feature that I’m jazzed about is row level security. With row level security, administrators can grant and restrict access to data on a per row basis — not per report or per widget, but per row. Manager X can see rows 1 through 100, whereas intern Y can see rows 6, 13 and 20, for example.
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