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Introduction to Power BI

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

In this Blog we will discuss Microsoft Power BI. Let's see

What is Power BI?

Power BI ( Business intelligence ) is the most powerful tool of Microsoft, which is a cloud based suite of business intelligence and data visualization tools. It is used to convert raw data into meaningful information with the help of visualization tools and tables. Power BI is the market leader in solving data management problems. The main aim of the Power BI tool is to help organizations or individuals to organize and visualize data. Power Bi provides the 100 connectors and drag and drop facility which make it easy to use.

With Microsoft Power BI you can quickly connect to data, model and visualize data as much or as little as you like.

Power BI was originally designed by Ron George in the summer of 2010 and named project crescent. It was initially available for public download on 11 july 2011 with SQL Server Codename Denali. Later its name changed to Power BI. Power BI first time launch based on microsoft addins.

Power BI

What is Business Intelligence?

Business is the set of techniques and tools for transforming the raw data into meaningful information to make important business decisions.

Power BI available in free and paid versions.

Power BI Desktop Version (free)

Power BI Desktop Version is freely available. Power BI Desktop version is a data analysis tool that can connect more than 100 premises and cloud based sources like Salesforce, Azure SQL DB, Microsoft 365, Excel, share point etc. Users can easily create reports with Power BI Desktop and share on Microsoft hosted cloud service and, we can easily access reports using Power BI mobile application and web browser.

Power BI pro (paid)

Power BI pro is a paid version. The benefit of Power BI Pro is that you can share and collaborate data visualization with other Power BI Subscriber. Monthly cost of Power BI pro is $9.99.

Power BI premium (paid)

This is also a paid version. It allows you to publish a report across a business without licence and users can also maintain report data analysis on premises with the Power BI Report Server.

Why Power BI ?

  • Auto searching capability - You can automatically search with dataset for hidden insights in seconds

  • Realtime trends - you can access realtime information so that you can identify trends early.

  • Advance Analytics and custom visualization - Power BI allows you to visualize the data in every possible way.

  • You can connect securely

Benefits of Power BI

  • Real time dashboard updates

  • Secure connection to data sources on premises and in cloud

  • Pre-built dashboards and reports for popular SaaS solution

  • Quick Deployment

  • Intuitive data exploring using Natural language

  • Integrated with familiar Microsoft products to utilize commitment for scale

Here are some sample of Power BI Visualization

Sample work of Power BI 1

Sample 1

Sample work of Power BI 2

Sample 2

Sample work of Power BI 3

Sample 3

To download Power BI Desktop version click here

After installing the Power BI The first screen will appear when you open Power BI is it's start screen.

In the screenshot below you can see three sections, on the left hand side of the screen you can get the option to load the data, Recent sources and Open other reports. In the middle you will get the”Get Started” option, you need to signup with power BI to publish your reports, access certified dataset and share insights on organizational content in the power BI Services. If You want to buy a Power BI license, that option is also there. On the Right hand side section, you will get basic information to help you get started with this tool.

First screen of Power BI

As shown in the below screenshot This is the first page of Power BI. The interface of Power BI is easy to understand and not complicated. You can see the menu buttons on the top such as File, Home, Insert, Modeling, View and Help and lot of options like get data, filters, visualizations, fields etc.

Loading the Dataset

The dataset is an excel file, hence we select the excel workbook after clicking the "Get data". Here we will work with a superstore dataset, To download the dataset click here,

Dataset set selection

This dataset contains the three worksheets. Here we can see the name of sheets Orders, people and Returns. Now here we have to select these sheet we want to work with. we can also select the multiple sheets which you want to visualize. Here we select all the sheets.

select fileds

After succesfully the load the data set we can see the all the sheets are appeared in right hand side.

We can also preview the dataset before getting things started by clicking the data icon which is on the left side of the start screen of Power BI.

We can identify the relationsheep between two sheets or dataset by clicking on model icon which is in left hand side of start screen of Power BI. Dont forget to select the dataset which you want to see the realtionship with other dataset.

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