The Power BI Revolution Rolls On…
My last post tried to tackle the first of a series questions we generally get asked at the beginning of a Power BI conversation.
In answer to the question – what is Power BI?
I offered “Power BI is an inclusive term that covers all of the Microsoft Power tools.”
Well as it turns out that answer remains very accurate in the light of the most recent Power BI announcement from Microsoft.
The Power BI tool set now includes Power BI Desktop and the Power BI Service. This evolution in the Power BI revolution is the latest and a very successful effort to put Power BI capability into more hands with more options to satisfy more customer needs and situations.
The revolution began with Power Pivot, Power View, Power Query and Power Map all embedded in Excel. These tools and capabilities are still here and extremely useful. Excel is a GREAT tool – one could argue it is the BEST tool for Business Intelligence. Excel as a BI tool is not going away but there are some issues that come up – sometimes.
The current evolution has given us the Power BI Desktop and the Power BI Service. Power BI Desktop includes Power Pivot and Power Query capability just like Excel and in addition it eliminates many of the issues that come up – sometimes. It is a free standalone tool for gathering data, shaping it, and building data models. The Power BI Desktop can also produce many rich interactive visualizations that were not readily available with the Excel tool set.
The Power BI Desktop produces files that can be published to the Power BI Service and shared with an audience using Windows, iOS and Android devices in today’s very mobile environment. In addition, the Power BI Service app allows individuals to build and distribute Dashboards that are interactive and visually engaging without the Power BI Desktop tool.
There is a great deal more in this latest evolution and we promise to keep up and keep you informed as this Power BI capability evolves. For now, we are set to release a video webinar to introduce you to Power BI Desktop and the Power BI Service. Stay tuned to our Office 365 Weekly Digest (digest archives) and our blog when this gets released. [Edit: video is now available here.]
Until then, please Contact Us for any help or information regarding Microsoft Power BI.